11 weeks: feeling better! {pregnancy update}

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.

At any rate, I’m feeling better and happy about it!

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?


  1. Kim,

    How did I miss the original post?! Or maybe I already read it, posted, and forgot. 😉 So excited for all of you! I am always very ill with boys and not as much with my daughter. Not sure if that was a fluke or not though since she is the only girl. I hope we will be joining the ranks of expecting families soon.

  2. Still pregnant. Hit 42 weeks. Even though this is my third pregnancy and I was way overdue in the past, it’s still depressing.

    I am MUCH sicker with boys than girls. My girls were a piece of cake to be pregnant with. This baby (a boy) not so much….I went on a cruise at 12 weeks and threw up on an Alaskan tour bus, and narrowly missing my poor husband’s shoes.

  3. Eh, can I admit that I’m jealous?? Trying for another baby here….so I wish it was ME pregnant.

    I love that dress. Where did you get it?

    You look great.

    Do you guys find out the gender of your babies before they’re born?? Do you have names picked out?

    Glad you aren’t feeling terribly ill anymore!

    Take care!

    • Thanks, Leanne. It’s always fun to hear from you!
      We don’t find out our baby’s gender ahead of time since I use a midwife who doesn’t have a machine. I would have to go out of my way and pay extra out of pocket. Anyway, I like the surprise at the end of labor. 🙂

  4. I’ve seen you mention adrenal supplements a few times but can’t find where you list what you actually take. Could you please share? After the past three years (baby with cancer, husbands 9 month layoff, moving to a new state, etc), I’m pretty sure I could use some supplements for this too. I looked up an adrenal fatigue checklist and I have almost everyone.

    • Rebecca, on my midwife recommendation I’m taking a supplement by Gaia. I don’t remember the name but it’s something very sensible, like Adrenal Health or Adrenal Supplement. I’m not home now or I’d just check the bottle for you. 🙂

      • Kim,
        Thanks for the quick response! I did a search for the Gaia adrenal and found a product called Adrenal Health and another called Adrenal Support. They say not to take during pregnancy or lactation (yes I know that most products say this : ). But I was wondering if you could check the actual name for me. We’re not pregnant at this time but are praying for more and it would be nice to know that what I was taking was safe, esp during those 2 “don’t know if I’m pregnant weeks” every month!
        Thanks, Rebecca

        • Mine is Adrenal Health. I asked my midwife about taking it during pregnancy and she enthusiastically recommended doing so. Of course I don’t suggest you rely on my midwife’s advice – seek advice from someone you trust.

          • Kim,
            Thanks for your time! I sure appreciate having some info on where to start looking and what type of supplements to look at.
            Congrats on your pregnancy! You look amazing!

  5. Hi Kim, I’ve been following your blog for some months and really love your blog. You are so funny. Anyway I didnt even know you were pregnant but that could be because my mind has been absent these last past weeks, Im pregnant too! Im 10 weeks and starting to feel a bit better! I cant believe it! I’ve been sick non stop from 4-5 weeks till a couple of days ago, and somehow now Im doing better! With my baby girl it lasted until about week 11 (trowing up,the nausea not completely). I think maybe its a girl again? With my first baby (a boy) I didnt throw up at all, just once. But with my daughter I was trowing up constantly, and now this time it was even worse! But anyway, I am veryyyyy happy also to say Im feeling the same as you, much better! I think the beans was a great idea! I somehow craved them too, they didnt seem appetit to me but once I ate it I was so much better. anyway congratulations and you dont look pregnant at all! I am all bloated and look like 5 months pregnant haha (during the day, not in the morning).

  6. Rachel, I wish that was it – I could use the motivation to stay in shape! But I was in much better shape for my first 5 or 6 pregnancies, and those were the ones where I threw up nonstop for 4-5 months or more.

  7. The best trick I was ever told was not to drink water with meals. My first two pregnancies I was crazy sick and that was the only thing that I found that helped. Hoping I figure it out sooner than later with future pregnancies.

    And the dress makes you look VERY slim – I would never guess you were pregnant by looking at you. Where do they sell this magic dress of yours?

    • The dress was a hand-me-down from my mom. I don’t know if she actually wore it or was passing it along from someone else, but I love it! I did have to add a bit of elastic to the neckline because it didn’t fit me properly, but I think it worked well.

  8. Dana Dannelly says:

    Congratulations Kim!!!!! You look great and I’m very excited for your new addition. I pray you have a healthy and joyful pregnancy! Much love to you and yours

  9. I’ve only had two successful pregnancies, so I’m hardly an expert, but could the difference be your level of activity? I was about 30 pounds lighter during my second pregnancy than during the first. I found that the morning sickness was more intense, but didn’t last as long, and I felt much better after it went away than I did during my first pregnancy. Just a thought…

  10. Moriah Hunt says:

    Cogratulations! you look awesome! I love babies! I hope your is a girl! :)God bless you!

  11. Congratulations! I have ten, five of each. I am new here but love your bright tone! People think having a large family is so much tedious work and fail to see the beauty of it all! Thanks for your witness!

  12. My pattern is b,b,b,g,b,b,b,g,b I think your pattern is going to be g,g,…g,b,g,b,b…b Congratulations and I’m glad you are feeling better!

  13. I’m 15 weeks and have finally kicked the nausea and have just started feeling itty bitty kicks. A good week.

  14. I want to second what Debs said. I use the calendar function for all appointments and set reminders, lots of reminders, so I can plan my days accordingly.
    Also, I’m glad you’re feeling so good! 😀

  15. I usually feel less “green” at the end of the first trimester. I don’t do loads of beans, lounging, or supplements. But with my girls I’m always a little more queasy. My trick is to try to be in bed by 8pm—then I feel fabulous! I’m curious, though, how is it you are just beginning to show?! There’s no hiding mine-

  16. I’m so glad you’re feeling better already! How encouraging! I wish I could say age helped me. I think you and I are the same age….and my last pregnancy, last year, was difficult. The nausea lasted nearly the whole pregnancy.

    Can you tell me something about the protein and acidic combo. I’ve been ready that eating more alkaline foods (cucumbers, celery, watermelon) helps to decrease nausea. What are your thoughts?

    Anyway…so happy for you! 🙂

    • Candace, I don’t know about the science behind it but eating something acidic with every meal just seems to aid my digestion.
      If I’m eating an egg I dice up a small tomato with it, add ketchup on top, or have a bit of citrus on the side.
      Kraut, pickles, tart fruit, anything with some acid seems to offset that heavy feeling in my stomach after I eat.

  17. Set a reminder on your phone? That’s the only way i keep track of appointments at the moment. I do one at the start of the day as a heads up and one at the time i need to put my shoes on/go to the loo/get the kids ready….

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