You are just one week away from completing your first trimester, and even though the first weeks can feel like the toughest, you will soon be feeling better and be ready to face each day’s new experiences. Morning sickness should be disappearing within the next three weeks, and the fatigue you may have experienced is subsiding as well. You may have noticed that you are slowly gaining weight as well—that’s fine, but just remember that slow and steady win the race—don’t dump it all on at one time. After all, your baby only weighs a fraction of an ounce, and doctors recommend weight gain of about 3 to 4 pounds in the first three months.
Don’t be discouraged if it turns out that you gained a bit more or less. Some women tend to lose weight in the first trimester due to morning sickness. Your doctor is monitoring your weight and they will let you know if they think the weight is too much or too little.
Toward the end of the first trimester may also be the best time to travel if you have any plans to do so. Most women feel their best during their second trimester—usually experiencing an increase in energy and a more positive outlook to boot. Once you are in the third trimester, it is not recommended that you travel far or often in case you needed medical care. It is most convenient to be close to your regular doctor.
You will probably start to see your stomach expanding a little bit around the 11th week. The more the uterus grows the more you will start to show. Try to include your partner in everything that you are feeling. If you haven’t done so yet, start a journal to record your emotions and thoughts.
At week eleven of your pregnancy, the baby is completely formed and will continue to grow and develop until his or her delivery.
What does your baby look like now?
- The head is large—almost half of your baby’s total length right now
- Fingers and toes are separated completely and the baby’s bones are starting to harden
- Hair and fingernails begin to grow
- All organs have formed and are starting to function
- Your baby is just over 1 ½ inches long, and weighs approximately ¼ of an ounce
Changes To Your Body
By week eleven you are going to start to see some changes in your physical appearance. You may not start showing off the baby bump yet but weight gain may become a bit more noticeable. Some women may experience more frequent headaches during this time thanks to rapidly changing hormonal levels.
By week 11, many moms are ready to show off their baby bump—and may be getting impatient to wear trendy maternity clothes. But patience is of the essence in these first weeks, and the uterus is just starting to grow out of the pelvis—so you may not even look pregnant for several more weeks. However if you have had more than one baby, your body may change more quickly and you could already be digging out your stretchy pants—everyone is different.
Your doctor will also be completing an ultrasound (some do this test earlier—around 6 weeks or so) but if you haven’t had one yet, or this is your first appointment, you may have a vaginal ultrasound to take a look at your baby and make sure that development to this point is normal. It’s too early in the game to see if you are having a boy or girl, so just hold tight—that will come with the bigger 20 week ultrasound.
At the eleventh week of pregnancy, you are at the end of the first trimester. Gone are most of your battles with morning sickness and you will start to feel better both mentally and physically. These are the days to really embrace your pregnancy and enjoy it for all its excitement. The days ahead may be uncertain, but there is still a lot to look forward to as well.