Slightly more than two inches long now and weighing about a third of an ounce, your baby has been pretty busy growing this week. While you can’t tell this baby’s gender by its cover yet, testes are developing if it’s a boy and ovaries if it’s a girl. And by week 11 of pregnancy, baby has distinct human characteristics: hands and feet in front of her body, ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth and visible nipples. Her head is currently equal in length to the rest of the body (don’t worry — all fetuses are top-heavy) and hair follicles are forming on the crown (as well as over the rest of the body). What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning goodbye to those froglike webbed hands and feet). Meanwhile, fingernail and toenail beds begin to develop this week; by next week, the nails themselves will start to grow (so don’t forget to add a baby nail clipper to your to-buy list).
At the same time, your baby’s body is straightening and her torso is lengthening. Other poses your baby can now assume: stretches, somersaults and forward rolls.
There is no sucking this puppy in. It’s a definite bump. I’ve caught Jerry randomly laughing after looking at it and when I question him, he replies “There is NO WAY your boss doesn’t know you’re pregnant”. Hmmmm, I thought I was being pretty slick with my long cardigans and my strategically places scarves. I’m coming out of the closet this week so it’ll be interesting to see how successful I’ve been.
11w0d – we had an appointment for a basic checkup and to try and hear heartbeats with the doppler. My BP 120/82 which is a little high for me, but I was nervous.
I had a couple of questions for the doctor. What’s the deal with weight gain and multiples? In a nutshell, every woman’s different. They’ll be tracking my weight and the babies growth so we can adjust if necessary. Don’t stress about eating 3,500 calories a day. Why aren’t I peeing very much (considering I drink over a gallon of water per day)? The doctor looked at me like I had 2 heads at this one (what pregnant person is going to complain about peeing too little?!?!). Basically, I have no edema (swelling) so the water is exiting somewhere. Not a concern.
The doctor mentioned that it might be tough to hear a heartbeat and really hard to hear both (being this early in the pregnancy). He slid the probe around for about a minute and we heard one very distinct heartbeat. I gasped and we lost it. Figures. We have an appointment at 11w5d for a viability ultrasound (cue 4 days of panic attacks!).
I got a prescription for prenatal baseline bloodwork (apparently I didn’t have these tests through our RE) and the Maternal MSAFP Quad Screen (for genetic abnormalities). We also will have a genetic consult to discuss further testing.
Per doctor’s office…up 2 lbs. I’m not weighing myself at home anymore.
How I’m feeling
95% of the time…pretty freaking great! I am apparently really good a being pregnant (knock on every piece of wood I can find). I’ve suffered little nausea, my fatigue is practically gone, my skin is clear, life is good! I’m sure the massive amounts of complaints will come, but for now, I’m just loving every minute of growing these babies.
I’m not totally symptomless. I have some sinus issues (symptomatic of allergies), my boobs are huge and sore, and my digestive system has returned to the norm (i.e. non productive at a 2-3 day clip) but these are minor inconveniences. I’m also having more round ligament pain but it’s not too bad. Just a sharp jab to the gut a few times a day.