Ah, yes. Time for another picture of the smooth-bottomed girl that is not me. Here's what our Scout looks like about now:
Happy 11-week birthday, Scout! It looks like Scout and I both have survived to Week 11 of pregnancy. Here's what they're telling me on BabyCenter.com. I'm going to replace "her" with "Scout."
How Scout is Growing:
Scout, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Scout's hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under the gums, and some of Scout's bones are beginning to harden.
Scout is already busy kicking and stretching, and these tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as Scout's body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel Scout's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that Scout's diaphragm is forming.
How your life's changing:
If you're like most women, you're feeling a bit more energetic now and your nausea may be starting to wane. (Yes, this is the case!) Unfortunately, you may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion) and heartburn (hormones again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus). Just remember, all this discomfort is for a good cause.
Don't worry if nausea has made it impossible for you to eat a wide variety of healthy foods or if you haven't put on much weight yet (most women gain just 2 to 5 pounds during the first trimester). Your appetite will likely return soon, and you'll start to gain about a pound a week.
I haven't weighed myself in a week, but I would guess that I'm putting on weight. I've been eating things like veggies with pesto sauce, turkey enchilada casserole, and meatpies. Plus, I haven't been exercising very much (due to the fatigue). But since I do seem to have a little more energy in the last few days (not counting yesterday), I think I may be able to start exercising regularly again.
I've also noticed a change in my attitude. Instead of worrying about how Scout is going to affect my job, I'm now wanting to ignore my work in favor of planning Scout's nursery.