Foetus at 11 weeks
Well, here we are, I’m officially eleven weeks into my pregnancy. Still getting some sickness (though nowhere near as much or a bad) and loads of tiredness. Actually, as of last Tuesday, I thought I had the nausea licked – since switching to eating little and often (on Jan’s say-so), I had been feeling heaps better (although still a little sickness in late evenings, but I put that down to being tired more than anything), but this Tuesday I felt dismal all day and missed my evening class for the second week running. A bit of a shame, as I now haven’t a clue what I’m doing in that class and don’t feel I have the energy or concentration to get going with it again. I swear, if I had paid the fees myself, I would have dropped the class, but as my employers are paying, I just don’t feel I can do that.
Anyway, Tuesday I felt absolutely horrid. I was just about to leave for work when the nausea hit. It subsided after about 15 minutes, so I thought I’d get some fresh air (read, “walk to work”!). Well, I got there in one piece, but spent the whole day feeling dire and left at 4pm. Once home, I totally crashed out and did not get up again till about 6pm. So, no class that night!
Since then, I’ve been back on top of things (mostly), but the tiredness is getting, well, tired now – I’m sick of feeling exhausted. I keep waiting for this fabled “burst of energy” that I should expect at any time between 12 and 16 weeks. I’m hoping that it’s not some colossal in-joke that mothers tell pregnant women and then laugh to each other, “Ha-ha! She thinks she’s going to get that energy burst, but in reality she’s going to feel like a lethargic lump the whole way through – what a hoot!”
So, interesting facts about being 11 weeks pregnant:
- The baby is now approximately 1.5 inches from crown to rump (so how come my belly has grown way more than that already?).
- The baby is now kicking and stretching (although I won’t feel anything for a few more weeks yet).
- The baby now has all its parts (they just have to grow and mature for the next 29 weeks or so).
Things I’m now beginning to consider:
- Hiring or buying a TENS machine (apparently they’re a great help with labour pains).
- Asking whether our local maternity unit has a birthing pool (I’m not sure I want an actual water birth, but again, it apparently helps a great deal with the pain).
- Birthing balls too (apparently they really help take the pressure off and help the baby get into the right position for an easier labour).
- Pain relief (do I want an epidural? I think I’d prefer to go as natural as possible, but I’m not so naive that I don’t know that could change in an instant once the labour starts, and I may well start screaming for them to pump me full of drugs!).
So, that’s me now heading into my twelfth week – almost at the end of the first trimester already!
Now, I can hardly wait for this “blooming” phase to start!