Welcome to your 11th week of pregnancy. The past few weeks may have made you feel that this phase is never going to end. Here is some good news for you this week. Normally, this is the time when your early pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue, dizziness and vomiting will start to wane.
On the other hand, certain other symptoms like constipation, indigestion and heartburn may persist. You will be able to accomplish a lot as you are feeling more energetic now. Stack up your refrigerator with healthy food, because soon your appetite will return, even as your food aversions fade off. This is nature’s way of letting you know that now your body and your growing baby will require more nourishment.
Remember, it is the quality and not quantity that counts. Junk food is not good for your baby; moreover it will make you gain pounds that will be difficult to shed in future.
Changes In Your Body:
Physiologically, though you have been through thunderstorm of changes in the past few
Signs and Symptoms:
You will soon be saying good bye to the early pregnancy signs and symptoms and welcoming more obvious to the world signs. Not all the discomfort of the pregnancy just disappears once you enter the second trimester. There are few things you may have to cope with until your delivery, and some may continue post pregnancy too. Let us discuss about them in later stages of your pregnancy. We have covered nearly all the 11 weeks pregnant symptoms in the past few weeks which included
- Increased frequency of urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Fainting spells or dizziness
- Mood swings
- Concerns about your body
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Heart burn
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Flatulence and bloating
- Pregnancy glow
- Venous change
- Emotional challenges
- Indigestion and constipation
- Pregnancy mask
- Pregnancy acne
- Pregnancy gingivitis
Let us have a look at some more 11th week of pregnancy symptoms and signs.
[ Read: 12 Weeks Pregnant ]
a. Those Embarrassing Moments:
- The friendly progesterone hormone which takes care of many of your newly cropped up needs of pregnancy and also attend to the developing baby may also cause you discomfort at times and embarrassment as well. You may burp or fart without being able to stop it.
- Don’t fret about this as you are helpless to do anything when your gastrointestinal tract has been relaxed to delay digestion of the food you consume. Blame it on hormone again. But slowing down the digestion helps in absorption of nutrients into bloodstream so that they meet the nutritional needs of the baby in your womb. Knowing that every time you get red-faced is benefiting your baby in some way will ease your embarrassment and discomfort as well.
- Another matter of concern is your inability to stop yourself from wetting a little whenever you cough, laugh out loud or sneeze. The symptom which is common during pregnancy is known as stress incontinence. The release of urine from your bladder is controlled by the sphincter muscles which are now weakened and relaxed due to new pregnancy hormones.
- When the pressure around your bladder increases the bladder gets squeezed eliminating the urine inside it. Since your pelvic floor muscles are too weak to close off the bottom of your bladder and the sphincter muscles are too relaxed to catch a sudden escape of little pee. This is when accidents happen.
- You may start feeling an ache persisting in your back which is pretty common occurrence during your pregnancy period. All through your pregnancy, the growing uterus will exert tremendous strain and pressure on muscles that support the lower back and pelvic region which may cause backaches. As your pregnancy progresses, you will tend to lean backward to maintain balance with your growing bump which again will add to the pain you are already feeling.
- In normal conditions, your growing uterus and baby will be held back by your muscles which will not expand naturally. Hence, your body will release a hormone called relaxin, which as its name suggests allows the muscles to relax so that the pelvic region will allow your uterus to grow there freely.
- Unfortunately, this will also relax the muscles supporting your back which is another cause for the backache you suffer. If you are one of those fitness freak who has continued to exercise, not minding the early pregnancy symptoms, you will be able to cope with backaches in a better way. Your posture and general health will make a lot of difference to the degree of backache you may experience.