Pregnancy Week 11

The baby is at 8 weeks gestation and is about 30 mm (1 1/4 inch) long. Your baby is free floating in amniotic fluid now. He is kicking and moving about in your uterus! You are not likely feel a kick until around the 18th week though. The baby’s genitalia now shows male characteristics if your baby is a boy. The placenta and umbilical cord are completely formed and functional.

Advice for Mom

Eating healthy throughout pregnancy is so important. Skim milk, whole grains, soy products and fruits/veggies provide much needed vitamins, calcium and protein. Take Popeye’s advice and eat your spinach!

Heartburn? Try to eat small meals and avoid gassy foods. Or you might want to try this tip — have a glass of buttermilk or some yogurt 1/2 hour before your regular meal. If this doesn’t work, ask your doctor for advice on antacids.

Constipation? Unfortunately it is something many women have at one time or another while pregnant. Drink plenty of fluids and eat high fiber foods. Avoid laxatives of any kind unless prescribed by your doctor.

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