Comprehensive Guide for Mothers: Understanding Your Baby at Their 11th Week

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Grasping The Significant Changes in Your 11-Week Old Baby

With your baby entering the 11th week, you will notice an exciting evolution. Your youngster might be demonstrating an increased social sensitivity, mobility, with more directed arm and hand movements. Simultaneously, you, as a new mother, might feel that your postpartum body is gradually returning to its pre-pregnancy form.

Let’s delve into a comprehensive understanding of your 11-week-old baby and tips for postpartum body care.

Noteworthy Milestones of Your Growing 3 Months Old Baby

Entering the 11th week, your little one is gradually transitioning into a charming social being. With a range of captivating facial gestures- from frowns and grimaces to wide-open smiles- your baby is gradually learning to interact with you. Exciting times might lie ahead when they may momentarily stop feeding to give you a delightful grin.

Their urge to garner more attention may increase their playfulness. If they feel otherwise, they might feel prickly. This phase is ideal for introducing fresh activities. These can include ‘Tummy time’, ‘Home show’ and ‘Reach for the sky’ exercises for enhancing physical and cognitive development.

Baby Health Check: Addressing Symptoms and Causes of Gas

At this stage, your baby may start experiencing gas. Though potentially troublesome for both of you, effective measures can help. Symptoms can include fussiness, bloating, burping, and flatulence. While completely avoidable gas episodes are impossible, they can be moderated.

Effective treatments could include burping the baby during and after feeding, upright feeding position, bicycling baby’s legs, and utilization of anti-gas drops (simeticone) or gripe water. A less strenuous approach involves laying baby flat on their back and bicycling the legs for easier gas release, or placing them face-down over your forearm for soothing their tummy.

Postpartum Health: Focusing on Physical Exercise and Sexual Health

On reaching the 11th week, you might find your body has largely recovered from childbirth. You may experience returning energy levels, although lack of sleep may still be a problem. Your menstrual cycle might be gradually normalizing and you may feel ready for sexual activities once again.

Your health care provider may have given the okay for physical exercises which may require some in-genius planning, given the new baby. This could include walks with baby in a front pack or sling, a run with the baby in a jogging stroller or home workout sessions while the baby is asleep or in a swing.

Regarding sexual health, it is imperative to remember that even if your period is delayed post-birth, you still might fall pregnant, as ovulation precedes your period. Your health care provider would provide the best advice regarding the effective birth control method while you’re nursing.

FAQ Section

Q: How can I soothe my baby’s gas symptoms?
A: Simple practices like feeding your baby in an upright position, burping them during and after feeding or making them do bicycle leg exercises can alleviate gas symptoms.

Q: Should I be exercising post-birth?
A: Only if your health care provider has deemed it safe. They know your healing progress best and can advise on when it’s safe to resume physical activities.

Q: Can I fall pregnant even though I haven’t had my period after birthing?
A: Yes, because ovulation precedes your period. Talk to your health care provider about suitable contraceptive methods if you’re not ready to conceive yet.