Thursday, July 1, 2010

Week 11

I have been way overly emotional lately. I've been crying more than usual. Mood swings have been kinda brutal too...but I have been trying to keep those to myself. Usually when I'm in the car alone is when I will let everything out and scream if I need to. I've just been giving the silent treatment at home when I feel my moods change quickly because I don't want to say something I don't mean to say. I know I didn't get to post week 10, but we are just going to move on. We're skipping that week. My alien is beginning to look a little more like a person.....kinda.

Your Pregnancy: Week 11~Pregnancy is about indulging and abstaining, all at once. You'll be saying both, "Oooh, another scoop of ice cream? Sure, make it two!" and "No wine. Just water for me, thanks." You have 29 weeks of this all-or-nothing living to go, so focus on the perks (whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry, anyone?) and think how great all the stuff you can't do now will be when you can do it later.Wondering what's up with your body, your baby and your life this week? Read on ...
What You're Thinking: "I am not crazy for crying like a little girl during the cheerleading championship on ESPN. Those girls work hard!"
Your Body~Finally the excuse "Not tonight honey, I have a headache" is legit! Thanks to all the new and extreme hormones surging through your body, many women experience increased headaches while pregnant. And since you're limited in which pain relievers you can take while pregnant, getting rid of a nasty headache may be especially difficult. While acetaminophen (like Tylenol) is considered safe during pregnancy, other pain relievers like ibuprofen should be avoided. If you want to avoid taking any medication, there are a few alternative headache remedies, like cold compresses and exercise, that can help. Unfortunately, women who have a tendency to get migraines tend to get more of them during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you're having trouble coping.
Your Baby~All of your baby's vital organs are now formed and functioning, so the risk of defects decreases this week as your baby becomes less susceptible to outside influences. Phew! Other exciting developments include: Baby's ears are assuming their proper place this week and the fingernail and toenail beds are beginning to form. Your little "pumpkin head" really lives up to his nickname as his head is nearly as big as the rest of his body.While testes or ovaries are completely formed now, don't start decorating the nursery. You won't be able to see your baby's gender for a few more weeks yet.In the next nine weeks, your baby will increase 30 times in weight and almost triple in length. You might feel like you're increasing 30 times in weight at this point, too, but we can assure you're not—because, honey, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Your baby now weighs a third of an ounce, about the same as two small, Starbucks-sized packets of sugar, is about 2 inches long, the length of one of those sugar packets. Isn't that sweet?


  1. Oh no! Makes me so sad that you're crying a lot! :(

    Side note, if you ever get a chance to go to Chicago, go to the Museum of Science and Industry. There is this cool (yet freaky) exhibit about prenatal development and pregnancy and stuff. This doctor collected fetuses from all stages of development (28 days through 28 weeks) during the Great Depression (because women were not able to nourish themselves and a baby). Anyway, they're all on display and it's actually very interesting and informative to see the development in real life and not just illustration.

    There is a pic of it, but not really up close. Also, if you have a second, watch the Make Room for Baby interactive thing.

  2. That's interesting and a bit disturbing too. I have always wanted to visit Chicago and if I ever do get to go, I'll make this a stop.