Your pregnancy at 11 weeks
What's happening with mum
Around this time you may find your skin changing and becoming extremely oily or dry and flaky. Some women find their skin reacting differently to their usual make-up or moisturiser. It may be that swapping your usual beauty products to ph neutral, natural frarance free products helps.
Your groing tummy and breasts, as well as peripheral weight in your thighs and upper arms causes your skin to stretch. This can result in long, thin reddish purple lines known as stretch marks. Although there is no way of stopping this and no cure if they do develop, it is a good iea to keep your skin as moist as possible and while there are many expensive products on the market claiming to stop these line appearing, cocoa butter or natural oils are usually just as effective. If you do develop stretch marks it is nice to know that although they will never completely disappear, over time they do fade to thin silver lines.
What's happening with baby
Your baby is now almost fully developed and this means most of her energy will be spent on growth. She is already approximately 4cm long and her or his reproductive organs are now beginning to form although it will still be a few weeks before an ultrasound can pickup whether it is a boy or a girl.
Your baby will begin to kick and stretch, swimming and turning in the amniotic fluid. Her fingers and hands will start to open and close and the webs which formed between her fingers and toes will dissapear.
Now is a good time to, if you haven't already, to consider the next few months and how your pregnancy will affect your daily life. As well as preparing for your new baby, nurdery, clothes, changing mats and supplies etc. it is also a ood time to think about family members and how they can help. Most grandparents to be are more than happy to be part of not only new baby's life after birth but helping mum prepare and shop.