Week 11 Update

Week 11: Baby is the size of a lime!

We’ve received an outpouring of support from friends, family and co-workers this past week, and it feels amazing to finally be able to talk about being preggo. I still catch myself sometimes thinking it is a secret, but I’m also really enjoying telling random people (the bookstore checkout person, the barista who made me a delicious decaf Frappuccino, the IT guy at work, etc.)

New this week: Geoff and I started ordering organic fruit deliveries through Fruitshare. We joined the “Farm Fresh Fruit Club,” which delivers around 30 lbs of fruit to us every other week. Our first box arrived yesterday, and it had strawberries, mangoes, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit and avocados. YUM.

I’ve already tried the grapefruit and tangerines, and it is seriously the best tasting fruit I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in eating more fruit!

Our First Fruitshare Box

As far as symptoms go, it seems like my morning sickness is subsiding, though there is still a tiny bit lingering around. I’m not quite as tired as I have been, but every once in awhile I still feel like I need a nap out of the blue. Overall, I’m feeling pretty good.

This is from one of the daily emails I receive from What to Expect, and it describes what I’m feeling perfectly:

Your lower abdomen is probably just starting to protrude a bit now (though you likely still look less like you’re pregnant and more like you’ve been overdoing the doughnuts). But even if it’s still flat as a board (all women start to show at different times — and as you’ll find out, all show differently), you’re probably finding your jeans aren’t buttoning without a struggle. You can blame the pregnancy hormone progesterone for that tight squeeze (actually, when you’re pregnant, you can blame the hormone progesterone for just about everything).

Though progesterone does a bang-up job in maintaining a healthy pregnancy, some of the less than flattering by-products of all the good it does are bloating… and burping. That’s because progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue in your body — including the gastrointestinal tract — slowing down digestion to allow more time for the nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream and passed to your baby. But what’s good for baby isn’t always good for mom. The uncomfortable fullness you feel in your abdomen, especially after eating, will (sorry) only get worse for some women. As your uterus grows, it’ll crowd the stomach and intestines, putting more pressure on the digestive tract, and causing you to feel even more bloated during pregnancy. But here’s some consolation: your baby won’t feel your pain. In fact, your baby is oblivious to all your intestinal distress, and may even be soothed by the gurgling of your gastric symphony.

This week according to What to Expect:

That adorable little alien inside your tummy is starting to look human about now, as you start feeling a bit more human yourself.

Your Baby in Week 11 of Pregnancy

Your baby (now about two inches long) has been pretty busy this week, growing hair follicles, fingernails, and ovaries (if she’s a girl). She has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in front of her body, with ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples. What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning good-bye to those froglike webbed hands and feet). Hooray!

Your Body in Week 11 of Pregnancy

Hungry? Good — that’s a sign your morning sickness is easing and your appetite is gearing up to help you nourish your body… and your baby. But don’t go overboard just because you’re eating for two: Try to gain efficiently by choosing the most nutritious foods during pregnancy and minimizing the junk. More smart nibbling tactics: Minimize bloating and gas (caused by digestion-slowing progesterone and your growing uterus) by grazing instead of gorging and steering clear of notorious gas producers, such as beans, fried foods, soda, and sweets.

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