11 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

11 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

You are 11 weeks pregnant and now you’ve got yourself one CUTE little Brussel Sprout in there! Yes, baby is the size of everyone’s favorite vegetable and, knowing that, I feel like a cannibal and refuse to eat them. They’re just so… sweet and precious!

11 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Between weeks 11 and 13, an ultrasound exam, called a nuchal translucency, is offered as an additional tool to follow your child’s healthy growth. This screening test measures the thickness of a space at the back of your baby’s neck. This measurement is not only used for chromosomal screening but is also linked to physical defects of the heart, abdominal wall, and skeleton. If you decline this ultrasound and have no complications like bleeding or cramping in your pregnancy, your next ultrasound to check on your little one will be between 18 and 20 weeks.

11 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

YOU. ARE. ALMOST. THERE. Like… the light is at the end of the 1st trimester tunnel and you’re almost to a point where you can make this thing public to the whole world [if you’re waiting until the 2nd trimester to do so], which is an AWESOME feeling!

The baby’s placenta is ready to rock and roll, which means it’s taking a lot of the hefty hormonal load. So, you should be feeling a bit better by now. Baby steps, y’all… a bit better is different for everyone! By this point in my last pregnancy, I went on a trip to Boston and I was still feeling overall just crappy. However, the level of crappiness was overall a bit less crappy and I was mostly able to enjoy the trip. Except for the visit to the Boston aquarium… by the stinky pier… in the heat of July. That one about did me in.

What are you feeling?

Indigestion

MY WHOLE ABDOMEN IS ON FIRE. Y’all… Satan, himself, would probably enjoy living in the fiery depths of my esophagus every night as I lie down to sleep! I remember having terrible indigestion last pregnancy, but this time it’ll hit me at any time of day, every time I eat no matter what I eat. This little baby better have the most beautiful hair you’ve ever seen at birth! Did you know it’s been scientifically proven that babies born with more hair had mommies who had more indigestion? We moms are so selfless, aren’t we? If this baby comes out bald, though… You know what? I’m not even going to go there. My baby will have a whole head-full of beautiful locks.

No Appetite and Then… I Need to Eat ALL the Things

This is actually not something I’ve read to be a typical thing, but it’s been the case with me in BOTH pregnancies… Most women will see an increase in appetite during the 2nd trimester. In fact, you may not have gained a pound or even lost weight the first trimester, but you’ll definitely make up for lost time the 2nd trimester because you’ll get that appetite back in full swing!

For me, though, the opposite effect happens. I’m not hungry. I’m just not. It was this way last time, too! Here’s the cool thing about pregnancy and how God designed it… That baby of yours will get what it needs – no matter what. So, if you don’t fill your body with good calcium, the baby will get it from your bones and your teeth. Mom takes the toll, baby gets the stuff. Obviously, it’s best to fill your body [and therefore your baby] with quality foods and well-rounded ingredients to ensure that you and your pregnancy are as healthy as possible.

All of this is to say that I’ll get to the early afternoon and feel like LITERAL death. Like “OMG MY BODY CAN’T GO ON…” then I’ll remember to eat and then I’ll force myself to eat and then I feel better… Just like last time, I need to remind myself to eat frequently throughout the day. Snacking is my friend!

On the other hand, if someone puts a cake in front of me [one of my most consistent cravings] I will eat THE WHOLE THING. I can barely fit half a plate of dinner in my belly, but the entire wedding cake? Sure thing. It fits. SO STRANGE. [Last pregnancy, I hated sweets. This happened, though, with macaroni and cheese!]

Shortness of Breath

It’s back. Remember that trip to Boston I told you about last time I was pregnant? I remember being out of breath OFTEN. I take 20 steps up a slight incline and I’m over here heaving and hoe-ing trying to catch my breath! I’m consistently winded… like, all the time. Even when I wouldn’t be otherwise!

Your 12 Week Appointment – What to Expect

Most doctors will have you come in for a check-up monthly for a while and as you get closer to your due date, you’ll visit the office more frequently. If your first appointment was at 7 or 8 weeks, it’s now time to gear up for your 12 week appointment. This appointment is pretty uneventful compared to your last appointment. However, there are some things you’ll want to think about and consider before showing up for your appointment.

The Heartbeat

This is, by far, the most exciting part of the 12 week appointment. You get to hear that precious little heartbeat and in that moment, you breathe a sigh of relief. At this point, you’re not really feeling the baby move around and you might be feeling a bit better in terms of pregnancy symptoms, so hearing that heartbeat is a reminder that everything is A-Okay! This is my favorite little sound as a mommy, for sure!

Genetic Screening

During your last appointment, your doctor probably gave you a whole bunch of information on genetic screening and all the options that you have. These screening tests are completely optional and are totally up to you. Many people decide to go ahead and do genetic testing to see if they are a carrier of any genetic mutations or genes that could mix poorly with genes from your partner. Others [like us, this time around] do the genetic screening to find out the sex of the baby up to a month earlier than with a sonogram!

Some genetic tests are non-invasive[ [meaning that a blood draw is all that’s required]. Others are, so there’s a slight risk to the pregnancy with the procedure. Your doctor will advise you if your age, ethnicity or another factor may make you more likely to be a carrier, which may make you want to do the screening.

Another great reason to do the genetic screen is to see how your babe is doing in there, gene-wise. You’ll know if your little one will have a genetic disorder, like Down-Syndrome or Trisomy-8 fairly early on. While this was not something I wanted to know during my last pregnancy [as it wouldn’t change a thing] I wanted to know this time around so that I could have plenty of time to research and plan to bring a child with an extra chromosome filled with love into this world. Once again, it wouldn’t change a thing, but I did want to know… I also couldn’t WAIT to find out the gender.

So… I went ahead with the non-invasive blood test. The test I did takes 7-10 business days [AKA a friggen eternity] to give you your results back. It was simple and easy, though. NICE.

The Exam

Good news, ladies… your pants stay ON! Holla!!! You hear that heartbeat, talk genetics with your doc and ask any questions you might have for him/her. Here are some questions I had:

– Can I take Tylenol? My head hurts A LOT.
– Are there any extra modifications to my workouts that I need to consider going into my 2nd trimester?
– I have a decrease in appetite… is this normal?
– My belly is huge already… is this normal?
– Are you sure I can’t have sushi? [the answer remained the same. ugh.]

How to Survive this week:

Get ready to start feeling better. At this point in the pregnancy, it’s a lot easier to get excited about what’s to come and that sweet little baby inside you! You got this, momma!

1st Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your first trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 1st Trimester // Our Gender Reveal Party
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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