Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 11

During the 11th week of your pregnancy, several changes are happening to you and your baby. You can to your baby’s heartbeat by now, and a few of your pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness, might now be subsiding. 

Your Body
Some of you might enjoy sound sleep during your pregnancy, while others may keep tossing and turning. Whatever your case is, here are a few tips to get some good sleep during this time:

Avoid eating fatty and spicy foods late at night and have light meals for dinner in order to prevent heartburn. You may also try sleeping with an additional pillow or elevating your bed’s head.

Drink lesser fluids in the evenings, as frequent urination is one of the prime sleep saboteurs. Most of you will find the need to wave up more than twice every night for urinating. This can be reduced by lowering the intake of fluids at night and compensating the amount by drinking more during the day.

Workouts can help you get better sleep. However, exercising at a time that is very close to your bedtime might spoil your sleep. Therefore, work out early in the evening.

Once you reach week 24 of your pregnancy, it is not good for you to sleep on your back, as it can obstruct your blood flow and also can make you feel nauseous. So, it is better to start practicing to sleep on your side from now on.

If your lack of sleep is due to stress, try taking a warm shower before bed, get a soothing massage from your partner, or do breathing exercises, or any other mild activity like reading a book, which will help you relax.
As your pregnancy weeks increase, the growing weight of your baby can pressurize some parts of your body. In such cases, you may seek rescue from full-body pregnancy pillows that are available in baby stores as well as online. 

Your Baby
By this week, your baby will begin to have its own sleeping and waking cycles, which will usually fall between 5 and 10 minutes. Even your sneeze or cough might wake her up! The limbs and body of your baby will now be growing at a quicker pace than her head, and she will now start to resemble a cute little person. This is the time she may start kicking, as a way of checking the movement of her limbs. 

If your baby is a girl, her ovaries would be completely formed by now; and if it’s a boy, his scrotum and testicles would be developed. Howbeit, it is still too early to determine your baby’s sex at this time via an ultrasound.

The various organs of your baby are now finalizing their functions and shapes. Her skin will begin to thicken and hence will not be as transparent as before. Even her vocal cords will start to form by this week.

As a mom-to-be, you can choose to have two or three snacks a day, between any meal time that wouldn’t cause indigestion. Some delicious, well-balanced, and nutritious snacks include yoghurt, fresh fruits, whole wheat crackers, low fat cheese, frozen juice bar, bell peppers with salsa, carrot sticks, apple slices, and whole wheat waffle topped with fresh raspberries or strawberries.

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