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Week 11

Inside your womb, your baby is floating in the amniotic sac, which protects the baby and maintains a constant temperature. Right now, there's plenty of room to move, and your baby is taking full advantage of the space to kick and stretch!


The baby is connected by the umbilical cord to the placenta, which is attached to the side of your womb. Oxygen, nourishment and protective antibodies pass through the placenta from you to the baby via the umbilical cord.

    Have you thought about antenatal or parenting classes yet?

    It might seem a bit early for this, but it's a good idea to sign up now if you're interested; many classes, such as those run by the National Childbirth Trust, get booked up months in advance. For more information, visit www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com or call 0300 330 0770. You can also find out about local classes by talking to your midwife, GP surgery or local library.

     

    You might be feeling a little self-conscious about your expanding waistline these days, but remember that it's completely normal to be gaining weight right now – after all, you're growing another human being inside!

     

    Eating a variety of healthy foods is your best bet, but remember that it's important not to diet during pregnancy, as this can be harmful to both you and your baby. It's normal to gain between 10 – 12 kg during pregnancy (22 – 28lb), and around a tenth of this will be in the first trimester.

    Tips on eating healthily during pregnancy.

     

    Did you know? All pregnant women are entitled to free prescriptions and free dental treatment. The changes going on in your body during pregnancy mean your teeth may need extra care, so it's a great idea to book an appointment with your dentist.

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