I can hardly believe it, but my nausea is almost gone already. I have just enough background queasiness to keep me from worrying about the baby. I’m still very tired and prone to nausea if I’m on my feet too long, but am so thankful to be feeling better this soon!
I’m really curious about what has made the difference this time. I can think of a long list of possibilities, and you can probably add to the list. The problem is figuring out which ones really belong on the list so I can repeat the experience if I have any more babies!
- Decreasing levels of hormones due to increasing age – obviously there’s still enough to support pregnancy, but maybe not the excess I had in my younger days.
- Plenty of soluble fiber in my diet thanks to beans and veggies.
- Very little sugar. When I do eat it, I feel better right away, but almost invariably feel worse later. I know blood sugar dips make me sick, so eating less sugar is probably keeping me more stable, reducing that particular cause of nausea.
- Maybe it’s a boy? I was less sick with my boys, but also less sick with my later pregnancies. Not sure if the difference is gender, my own age, or a combination.
- Eating frequent small meals with protein and something acidic. Of course it never worked for me in the past, but it seems to help me digest this time.
- Keeping my stomach never empty and never full. If I strike the right balance, I can almost entirely avoid nausea or that heavy I-ate-too-much feeling.
- Breakfast in bed. I don’t feel sick in the morning, and it’s so nice to lounge about a little longer before I get up and the nausea sets in.
- Adrenal supplements. I’ve heard they can help with morning sickness, especially if your body truly needs the help.
My belly is growing, of course. I still think I just look thicker around the middle rather than pregnant, but I’m ready to start posting prego pics because I can definitely see a change. Half my skirts are getting too snug – the half without elastic waistbands – and I expect to start growing pretty quickly over the next few weeks. I think I’m getting close to that overnight transformation when everyone suddenly stares at me and says, “Oh, wow! When are you due?”
If you think I don’t look I look pregnant at all yet, then you understand why I chose this particular dress. It’s my new favorite because it makes me feel slim. Trust me, there’s some extra belly in there!
Some fun and interesting facts about baby development at 11 weeks:
- The crown to rump length of your growing baby is about 1.5 inches (35mm) and baby is the size of a small plum.
- The fingers and toes have completely separated.
- The wrists and ankles have formed and the fingers and toes are clearly visible.
- Baby has tooth buds, the beginning of the complete set of 20 milk teeth.
- Baby can swallow and stick out his or her tongue.
- Whole body except tongue is sensitive to touch.
- The heart is almost completely developed and very much resembles that of a newborn baby
My first prenatal checkup is Thursday at 1:00. I’m not telling you because I think you really care what time it is. I’m telling you because in spite of how excited I am, I know I’ll probably forget until Thursday at 12:45, then I’ll have to call my midwife and tell her I’ll be late. And then she’ll laugh and tell me that it’s fine, and I’ll be forced to suspect that she actually wrote 1:30 in her book instead of 1:00 because she knows me from my last pregnancy.
Who wants to share an update? What has changed in your pregnancy over the past week?