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At the 11th week point in your pregnancy, fatigue has become a standard part of your life. What may feel like a neverending epoch marked by tiredness and a general sense of malaise will soon give way to an upsurge in stamina and energy as you enter your second trimester. Until that point becomes imminently closer, expect for now to experience an intense level of intermittent and unpredictable fatigue that will result in copious amounts of sleep.
While nausea and debilitating symptoms of morning sickness will have subsided to far more manageable levels for many pregnant women by this point, excessive gas will become far more prevalent than ever before. Resulting from your body’s increased production of progesterone, gas becomes a standard, albeit embarrassing, facet of a pregnant woman’s life.
Progesterone is a critically important buttress within the pregnancy process and functions to support many facets of you and your baby’s health during your term. Progesterone-induced gas occurs as a result of the relaxation of muscles in your body, including muscles found within the intestines.
As the intestines become increasingly relaxed and sluggish in movement, digestion slows down, thus allowing the buildup of gas and creating many embarrassing symptoms such as burping, belching, flatulence, and the all-too-familiar bloating symptoms you have readily experienced.
Par for the course in any pregnancy, gas and its litany of related symptoms are too be expected. Try not to focus too much on being embarrassed and instead remind yourself that you are merely experiencing one of the many unique facets of pregnancy that are common to the experience of many pregnant women.
Read on below to learn more about the 11th week of pregnancy, with plenty of valuable tips on how to mitigate symptoms such as gas and cramping, in addition to learning important information on the amazing transformations your baby is experiencing during this critical time in your pregnancy.
Your Physical and Emotional Health
11 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
Along with the many physical changes that have been taking place in your body and reaching an ultimate crescendo in the 11th week of your term, such as weight gain, enlarged breasts, and clearly distended belly, the relatively new symptom of gassiness may very well be seemingly taking over your life at this point in your pregnancy.
With all the belching, burping, and flatulence occurring, you might start feeling a bit uncivilized. However, gas and its related symptoms are completely normal for pregnant women and absolutely nothing to be embarrassed by.
Taking advantage of the following tips will help you mitigate gas-related symptoms to a far more manageable level.
Tips on Managing Gas and Its Related Symptoms
|Eat a fiber-rich diet||Incorporating fiber into your diet will assist in controlling issues with constipation in addition to reducing many of the problems you are experiencing with gas.
Due to fiber’s unique ability to deliver water to the intestinal area, the stools become significantly softened, thus allowing a more pronounced ease in stool passage
Aim for 25 – 30 grams of fiber-rich foods. Great examples are figs, bananas, prunes, oats, flax meal and even Metamucil (with your doctor’s approval)
|Drink an abundance of fluids||Aim for the general recommendation of drinking eight to ten glasses of water per day.
A “glass” of water should measure roughly eight ounces.
Incorporate other fluid sources as well to keep yourself ultra-hydrated.
|Physical activity and exercise||By now, exercise and general physical activity should be part of your pregnancy repertoire.
If you haven’t yet started exercising, now is as great a time as ever, as physical activity greatly reduces constipation issues, in addition to revving up your metabolism, and reducing gassiness.
Exercise can be as simple as a daily walk for 30 minutes and will ensure that you remain physically fit while also helping to alleviate mood symptoms such as anxiety, stress, and more.
|If constipation issues are at the point where you require a stool softener, opt for a brand that gently softens the stools, such as Colace.
A stool softener softens and moistens stools, resulting in effortless and pain free passage.
Avoid stimulant laxatives such as Dulcolax, Senokot, and Ex-Lax, which can create problems for your pregnancy.
Consult with your doctor before taking a stool softener of any kind.
|Employ relaxation and breathing techniques||Did you know that stress from anxiety can actuallyresult in an increase in the supply of air that you intake and thus elevate gas-related problems such as bloating, burping, belching, flatulence, and abdominal pain?
To reconcile this issue, remove sources of stress from your life as much as possible. Take opportunities throughout your day to engage in quiet time for yourself in a tranquil, peaceful environment where you can clear your mind and simply breathe comfortably and relax your body and soul
|Medical intervention||While gas and its many symptoms may embarrass you to no end, there are times when it actually presents gravely more pressing concerns.
If gassiness is creating severe pain, particularly in the abdominal area, and persists for longer than half an hour, you should immediately see your doctor to reconcile the issue, and it may indicate a more alarming matter going on within your body.
In addition to gassiness, a common issue women in their 11th week of pregnancy experience are painful leg cramps that can strike at will anytime. Leg cramps can range from being a mild annoyance to presenting tight and painful feelings within the muscles and can go beyond being just an inconvenience to actually interfering with your sleep quality.
To help mitigate the occurrence of sporadic leg cramps, make sure that you stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids, in addition, to gently stretching your legs and body throughout the day.
It’s also prudent to take a careful look at your diet to ensure that you are receiving adequate levels of magnesium and potassium. Consulting with your doctor about your leg cramps can be incredibly useful as they can do a simple blood test to measure levels of vitamins and minerals within your blood and thus identify any that are deficient and in need of immediate remedy.
Your Baby’s Health and Status
11 Weeks Pregnant
During this period of your pregnancy, your little baby’s fingernails have taken their appropriate positions, their facial bone structure is hardening and settling into place, and their ears are slowly moving into their correct location to the sides of their head.
As they wriggle around, their little body is starting to straight out and take form, and they become even more adept at performing movements and even kicking within your womb.
At this juncture in your term, your baby (still submerged in amniotic fluid) has recently begun to swallow. As they partake in this new physical phenomenon, their diminutive organs will continue to take shape, with many of them at a fully functioning level.
Your placenta will begin to produce an elevated level of blood vessels to provide baby with the essential nutrients and oxygen-rich environment necessary for it to undergo its lightning-fast growth period that will occur in the next three weeks and ultimately result in the doubling of your baby’s overall size.
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge
11 Weeks Pregnant
- Maintain healthy dietary habits while also ensuring that you are receiving enough magnesium and potassium
- Reminder: You need to consume an additional three hundred calories per day to ensure that your baby receives the nutrients that it needs to undergo its expeditious growth processes and remain healthy
- Pregnancy weight gain can be slight; as little as 1-3 pounds or can exceed 25 pounds and more.
- Incorporate nutrient-rich foods that provide Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids essential for your baby’s developing brain and eye health. A great example is sunflower seeds; full of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids; theselittle super seeds also provide you with important vitamins such as B, D,E, K, in addition to being a great source of magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and potassium!
Week 11 To-do List and Reminders
11 Weeks Pregnant
- Add foods to your diet that provide Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
- Ensure you are receiving enough magnesium and potassium
- Look over the list of tips on how to manage gassiness and its many symptoms
- Ensure that you are getting enough relaxation by taking time out each day for a period of tranquility and peace for yourself. Practice breathing techniques during this time
- While it may be difficult, aim for at least a 30-minute walk per day to remain physically and mentally fit while also mitigating gas symptoms and reducing anxiety
Hypomagnesemia:The medical term for an inadequate level of magnesium within the body, which can cause a multitude of health issues, symptoms, diseases, and problems in pregnancy
Hypokalaemia:The medical term for an inadequate level of potassium within the. Potassium is crucial for heart health, blood pressure regulation, energy levels (or lack thereof), and the effective operation of muscles
Cool Things to Know
While there are innumerable pregnancy-related tips and tricks, you don’t necessarily have to implement each and every one of them to have a healthy and happy pregnancy. Always choose the tactics and remedies that best suit your lifestyle, while also ensuring that you commit to consistency in practicing your chosen remedies throughout your pregnancy
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