Your baby this week
11 weeks pregnant

Safety first

Getting a cold? Before using any nonprescription cold remedy while pregnant, it's a good idea for you to speak with your caregiver. Together, you must weigh any risks to your unborn child versus the benefits for you while taking these or any other medications. For some easy (and hopefully helpful!) non-drug treatments during pregnancy, read here.


Shopping for maternity clothingWhat to wear?

Shopping for maternity clothing can be daunting, because you need to to choose an entirely new wardrobe to fit your rapidly-changing body -- while at the same time, letting you stay just as stylish as ever. How can you get clothes that will really fit right, both now and even next time around? We went right to the experts for smart buying tips.


Suddenly snoring?

Mitzi asks: "My husband tells me that, for the first time in my life, I'm snoring at night! I have also noticed a lot of mucus build up. I don't feel sick, and have been noticing this for a month now. Is this a side-effect of pregnancy?"

Our expert answers: "As pregnancy progresses, the amount of fluid (primarily blood volume) in the body markedly increases. The increase in blood flow that results can cause swelling of the tissues of the pharynx (back of the throat) and increased mucus secretion. This can result in nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, or snoring." Read the rest of the answer right here!


Yawn...

How can you get more sleep? Sleep deprivation is a pregnancy rite of passage for most mothers-to-be. Studies have shown that 97 percent of women in their third trimester report waking up at least once during the night, and 92 percent report sleeping restlessly.

So what's causing the expectant mothers of the nation to toss and turn at night when they should be somewhere in Dreamland? A smorgasbord of pregnancy-related aches and pains, that's what.

Get your sleep

The fun starts in the first trimester. By the time you're 10 to 12 weeks pregnant, rising levels of estrogen, prolactin and progesterone can interfere with your ability to get a solid night's sleep. You may find it hard to get to sleep in the first place, thanks to your oh-so-tender breasts, and even if you do settle into a deep sleep, you're likely to find yourself trekking to the bathroom at least once in the middle of the night.

Go here to get tips on how you can get more sleep during this time!, and also learn How to develop healthy sleep habits!


In the know

Leukorrhea is normal vaginal discharge in pregnancy. Usually white or pale yellow, leukorrhea is the result of increased white blood cells during pregnancy. If this discharge is excessively heavy, greenish or smells bad, it may indicate a problem -- such as a yeast infection -- so contact your caregiver.

Similarly, if you notice blood of any color, contact your healthcare provider immediately. (Also see "What can cause bleeding during pregnancy?")

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