Although you may not notice much physical evidence of your growing baby at 11 weeks, it won’t be long before your belly provides some proof. Taking a moment to learn about and understand the changes your body will experience in the coming months can help you embrace your beautiful baby body.
From tiny baby bump to full-on belly, pregnancy is a wonderful experience, including the ways in which your body works to accommodate your growing baby. While some women love the way they look and feel while they’re pregnant, others suffer a loss of confidence.
There’s no right or wrong way to feel. To avoid feeling hopeless or sad during this amazing time in your life:
- Remember the baby. At 11 weeks old, your tiny, almost 2-inch baby can now be officially referred to as a fetus—and in just four weeks, your baby will have essentially doubled in size. Remember: Your belly’s growth is in line with that of your little one.
- Stay active. Especially if you were active before you became pregnant, you may become restless if you stop activity. Speak with your physician about a safe exercise plan—you may be surprised at how much you’re allowed to do. Activity can also help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy, as well as make it easier to get back into pre-baby shape after birth.
- Show off your bump. Once upon a time, the subject of pregnancy was taboo, and bellies were hidden under shapeless muumuus. Today? Not so. Flaunt your cute little bump.
- Ignore the comments. You’ve probably already noticed that everyone—whether they’ve had a baby or not—has an opinion about your pregnancy. If you begin hearing comments about how high, low, left, right, round or oblong your belly is, ignore it. Just like your little one, your belly is unique and special, no matter what.
- Don’t forget you. While trying to keep your growing baby healthy, attending to doctor’s visits and maintaining other responsibilities, you may forget to take time for yourself. If you typically put on a little blush and mascara before going out prior to becoming pregnant, continue the routine. If getting a new outfit makes you feel like a million bucks, take a quick shopping trip. There’s nothing selfish about taking time to make yourself feel good.
- Yoga can help you relax and practice breathing methods that will be beneficial during labor. While yoga is safe, you will need to modify certain poses depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Speak with your instructor and physician so they can help you participate within safe limits.
- When you’re feeling down, it’s important to have someone to talk to. Whether it’s to your mother, a pregnant friend, your partner or someone you know who has had a baby, expressing your concerns to someone who can relate can be a great relief.