WEEK 11: Responding to your adrenaline
11 Weeks pregnant: pregnancy hormones

11 Weeks pregnant: pregnancy hormones

Baby’s heart is now beating at a fast and furious pace – twice as fast as yours in fact. It must be love.

At a glance

Repeating after eating? That’ll be the progesterone hormone. Eat little and often.

Steer clear of broccoli, beans and beer. They could make gas and bloating worse.

 

To help with constipation go for wholegrain cereals, bread and pastas.

Mine’s a decaf. Caffeine affects heart rate, blood pressure and hydration.

Baby's development at 11 weeks pregnant

Baby is just over an inch and a half now - about the size of the most beautiful strawberry in the world. She’ll soon be turning heads, but right now all her body parts are just starting to sit where they belong. Ears are on either side of her head, her eyelids are in place, hands and feet are in front of her body and there’s even hair follicles forming on her crown.

Her taste buds and organs are starting to form too and her body has developed enough for it to be measured in two ways: from the top of the head to the coccyx, and from the top of the head to the heels.

Things are progressing in the chest cavity, with the diaphragm now separating the heart and lungs from the digestive tract.

When it comes to matters of the heart baby is fast and furious. Her heart has started to beat between 110 and 160bpm (beats per minute), which is about double the pace of yours. Just think, in a week or so you might be able to hear that little heartbeat at your first scan. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed the baby will be and vice versa, so try to take it easy.

Woman looking at 11 weeks ultrasound and talking on the phone

Changes in you and your body at 11 weeks pregnant

At eleven weeks pregnant, your tummy might be at that in-between stage where the lovely smooth bump hasn’t appeared yet, instead you look like you’ve had second (and third) helpings. That’ll be the bloating. Yet another side effect of those wonderful baby-friendly pregnancy hormones. The Progesterone hormone in particular is to blame for all that embarrassing gas and burping, as it relaxes the muscle tissue in your body (to get ready for baby) and slows down digestion. So after eating, you could definitely be repeating.

The good news? By week 14-16 you’re likely to have a beautiful little bump to show off. Hopefully it’ll get you a seat on the train too.

You might also be feeling more peckish these days— and that's good news too. It probably means your morning sickness is easing and your appetite is increasing to nourish that growing little human inside you.

The Relaxin hormone is also hard at work this trimester, softening your ligaments and muscles, which is great preparation for baby but not so great for you. You’ll be more achy, less stable on your feet and prone to injury during exercise – so take it easy.

Pregnancy nutrition at 11 weeks pregnant

If you’re suffering that ‘fuller than full’ bloated feeling there’s a few ways to relieve it. Smaller meals more often will be easier on your digestive system. Also, add wholegrain cereal, bread and pasta into your pregnancy diet in case you’re suffering the ‘joys’ of constipation.

Hopefully you’re already drinking plenty of water –all drinks count towards your 1.5 litres a day. Just remember that caffeine is a diuretic so not the best for hydration or constipation.

We all know certain foods have a bad rep when it comes to bloating and wind – beans, broccoli and beer to name a few.

The latest advice on alcohol consumption in pregnancy is to avoid it altogether. Who knows, with all those food aversions you might have gone off the taste anyway.

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.