Week Eleven of Your Pregnancy

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Week 11 Info

WEEK 11

Baby - Your baby is just over 1 " long and about the size of a fig.  She is almost fully formed.  Tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.  She's already kicking and stretching but you won't feel your baby's movements for another month or two.  She may also begin hiccupping as her diaphragm is forming.  The eyelids are fused now and the irises are developing.  Your baby will begin to get fingernails, toenails and hair follicles this week, too.  The most critical part of baby's development is now over, and the remainder of the pregnancy is about rapid growth, organ maturation and getting ready for delivery.

Body - Your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit and you may be just beginning to feel it as a small bulge behind your pubic bone.  You still may have not gained much weight so far but this can vary tremendously depending on your level of morning sickness.  A gain of about a pound a week is ok but so is losing a little.

Many women will begin to get some of their energy back at this time and nausea may be getting less frequent and intense.  Unfortunately, the constipation and heartburn may be taking their place.  As your appetite increases you may be wondering which foods are safe and which foods should you avoid.  Luckily, the vast majority of food is safe and the risk of developing a food-related pregnancy complication is very low.

Some types of seafood are a concern during your pregnancy because they may contain significant levels of pollutants, especially methylmercury.  Mercury can cause harm to a child's developing brain.  On the other hand, some types of seafood are very beneficial as a good source of protein and certain omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your baby's vision and brain development.  The key is to choose those fish with the lowest levels of potential contaminants and eat them in moderation.

Recommend -The Food and Drug Administration advises that you completely avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish "also called golden or white snapper".  Also, never eat any fish caught by family or friends unless you first check with local advisories to make sure the fish isn't from waters with unsafe levels of mercury and other pollutants.  Finally, avoid raw or undercooked fish as it may harbor bacteria or parasites that could make you sick and possibly affect your developing baby.

Make sure you cook all meat, poultry and fish thoroughly and check with your healthcare provider about any foods you are unsure of before you eat them.  Eat plently of well wash fruits and vegetables and whole grain foods.  

Get 8 ounces of water a day and make sure you go to your regularly scheduled prenatal visits.

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