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    Your Pregnancy Week by Week

    Stage Detail 

    By the time you enter 11th week of pregnancy, you will notice a small pregnancy bump appearing over your tummy. Congratulations, you have now started looking like pregnant and people will know about the reason for your mood swings and cravings. Now the heartbeat of your baby is audible, and fingers and toes are also easily recognizable. Its, time to celebrate a little baby bump. Your baby now looks like a little individual and is as big as an apricot.  


    Pregnancy Symptoms 

    Apart from some irritating pregnancy symptoms, there are some joyful pregnancy symptoms too like:  

    • Baby bump: Now you cannot hide your pregnancy by any way as a little baby-belly pooch has come in place & you are also having a great pregnancy glow. So, don’t be surprised if some unknown people too give you extra care and smile. Just enjoy this moment.  
    • Linea nigra: A dark line right down the center of your belly (linea nigra) will start appearing by now and will remain until complete pregnancy.  
    • Leg cramps: This is also the time when you will feel some leg cramps especially at night. These cramps will awake you from sleep and will take two or three minutes to go. Tell your doctor if they are troubling you a lot or disturbing your sleep frequently.                                    

     

    Exercise and Physical Activities: 

    Your leg cramps demand some light stretching exercises. So, stretch your legs during the day at regular intervals, as mild stretching exercise would suffice leg cramping at night. If you are a working woman, do ankle toe pumps while sitting on chair or go for a brisk walk during lunch hour. This will keep you active and prevent leg cramps at night for a good night’s sleep.   


    Things to do this week: 

    • Your doctor will ensure first trimester genetic screening, Ultrasound examination and  few blood test between 11 -14 week.          
    • A genetic counselor helps you in understanding the test results and thus plans to advance into safe pregnancy. 
    • Avoid Wearing Uncomfortable shoes that may add to strain, interfere with the body’s balance or even contribute to leg cramps and swelling of your feet. 
    • Do light exercises every day and go for a walk with your husband to enjoy these special moments. 
    • Intake of Vitamin A (Retinol) is very important for cell growth and division. So, include foods rich in vitamin A like carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, bell peppers and eggs etc.