Sunday, July 31, 2005

11 Weeks

IF the calculation is correct then I am 11 weeks pregnant today.


What your baby's up to

Your babies organ systems are now all fully functioning and he has a skeleton, nerves and blood circulation. Your baby has tiny feet that are fully formed and shaped and could stand on an adult's fingernail. Because the most critical part of baby’s development is now over, most birth defects will have already set in you baby's body. The remainder of the pregnancy for your baby will be about rapid growth, organ maturation and getting ready for delivery. Your baby is actually growing so quickly now that he will start out this week being approximately 21 - 25 mm or 0.85 - 1.0 inches and by the end of the week will have doubled that and be approximately 44 - 51 mm or 1.75 - 2.0 inches and weight approximately 7 grams! Your baby's head is still about 1/2 of his body length, and will remain this way for a while.

The baby's eyelids are fused now and the irises are developing. Your baby will also begin to get baby teeth, fingernails, toenails and hair follicles this week.

About you and your body

By this week, your uterus will be about the size of a grapefruit. While you probably haven't gained much weight so far, you may be feeling a little concerned about weight gain during pregnancy. Most doctors agree that you should gain approximately 1-2 lbs. a month in the first trimester. However, everyone is different and many women actually lose weight from morning sickness and the burning of extra calories.

You might be getting your appetite back as your morning sickness subsides but certain foods or smells may still make you nauseated. It is important to remember that good nutrition is important for both you and your baby. Remember to take your prenatal vitamins, eat lots of fruits, vegetables and get plenty of protein. Also extra rest is important during pregnancy so try to sneak a nap in everyday, or go to bed earlier at night. Some women will do both!