Lisa’s Pregnancy–Week 11

11 weeks

A lime sounds so big right now! Rinaldo & I have loved reading the different size fruit comparisons each week. Going from a blueberry to a raspberry, then a green olive to a prune and now to a lime is so exciting.

The baby is up to a lot this week.



week 11  You can’t see it, but she’s moving fluidly and gracefully in there.

Her skin is see-through, but she’s on her way to looking
more like a baby.

Her fingers and toes aren’t webbed anymore.
Tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds are forming



As for me, I haven’t had to many changes since last week. Still feeling tired more than normal. I love the way put it.

Pregnancy fatigue is normal. That’s because you’re running a baby-making factory that’s in business 24/7 (and since you’re the only employee, you’re on the clock around the clock), causing your pregnant body to work harder at rest than your nonpregnant body did on the run.

Loved being called a baby-making factory, ha!


Total weight gain: Still at just 1 lb.
Maternity clothes? My clothes are still fitting comfortably. Let’s see how much longer that’ll last!
Stretch marks? None.
Sleep: Still great! I’ve been dreaming A LOT which is unusual for me.
Best moment this week: Hmm, nothing too exciting this week. Rinaldo always puts his head on my tummy at night and claims he can hear the baby moving. Smile
Miss Anything? Eggs!
Movement: Nothing yet!
Food cravings: Nope, just my usual eats minus the foods below.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still Eggs, Salmon & Winter Squash
Gender:I just my first dream of the baby last night and it was a BOY! He was the cutest thing ever and had features of both Rinaldo & I!
Symptoms: Still tired & my chest is really sore and tender.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Telling more people at work. Only a few people know, and we think it’s time to spread the word around.


On the fitness front, I got in 4 workouts last week.

I definitely have more energy when I workout in the mornings than when I workout after work. I’m most tired in the afternoon and the best workout I can get in is some incline walking on the treadmill.

I never really have the energy to run anymore, and I actually plan on not running at all throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. Even though I had been running for over year and my body was getting used to it, I always had to push myself. The baby’s health & safety is my top priority now and I have the rest of my life to run. I can do plenty of other exercises that work up a sweat. I wear my heart rate monitor just to make sure my heart rate doesn’t go sky high and keep it around and under 140 beats per minute.


Well, that’s it for this week’s update. I can’t believe that in 2 weeks I’ll be starting my 2nd trimester!


What are your thoughts on exercise during pregnancy and keeping your heart rate under 140 beats per minute.

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  • Lisakthrives

    Great update! 
    I’m not really sure about the 140bpm thing…. I’ve read a little about it, and the best I can come up with is that it is probably ok for many women to work out more intensely than that during pregnancy, however, it would be determined on a case-by-case basis. So…it should be determined by mama and doctor. Unfortunately, most doctors won’t risk the liability of saying it’s ok. 
    I think the method of using the HR monitor and not running is what I would recommend if you were my client :-)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Lisa!
      Yah it truly is confusing because everyone says different things, so I’m just going to play it safe! I don’t freak out if my heart rate goes over 140 bpm, but I don’t stay over it for more than a minute or two!

      • Madeline@Food,Fitness,Family

        I wasn’t as concerned during my early pregnancy as much.  Most doctors will say that you can continue the workout regiment you were doing before you got pregnant … so if you were running, keep running!  Just don’t start anything new.  That being said, later in pregnancy your blood volume doubles and when your heart rate increases you can feel light headed and faint.  Just walking on the treadmill becomes a challenge.  So your routine will adapt through the trimesters as your body changes :)

        • Anonymous

          Madeline, my doctor also told me that I could continue to run, but it just didn’t feel right for me so I stopped. I’m curious to see when and how my routine will change throughout the months!

  • Ashlee

    You don’t even look pregnant, you are so tiny! I’m definitely reading this healthy diary!

    • Anonymous

      I’m still pretty early off Ashlee! :-) I have a feeling I’ll be popping soon tho! I think the baby is shy like his Mamma!

  • Amy-Nutrition by Nature

    My heart rate has jumped about 15-20 BPM now that I am pregnant, putting me at around 80-90 BPM just doing daily activities. It happened to me in my other two pregnancies as well, I guess my metabolic rate has really increased. So for me, walking and light weights is all I do. I just can’t imagine running while pregnant and I have been a runner for 20 something years, starting in high school. Just not worth the discomfort and small risk. Like you said, I have time after this pregnancy to run.

    • Anonymous

      My resting heart rate is definitely higher than normal! Sometimes I have a hard time keeping it under 140 bph while walking on the treadmill and other days I don’t go over it. I think it helps to show what days your body is working extra hard and needs more rest!

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    I haven’t been pregnant but from what I understand, if you were doing it before pregnancy you can keep on doing it throughout pregnancy. Just don’t start pushing yourself harder than you used to or taking up new activities. I have a lot of pregnant women in my yoga class – they don’t take a special prenatal yoga class because they’ve always been coming to yoga. They just don’t do twists (it can compress the umbilical cord as you’re never really sure where it is exactly) and when we do poses flat on our tummies they tend to do stretches lying on their sides or up on their knees.

    You’re going to just love having this record of your pregnancy to look back on, so exciting!

    • Anonymous

      I agree Anna! It’s so important not to push yourself when exercising!

  • Thehealthyapron

    I’m almost 14 weeks and have been exercising consistently up until this point. I actually just went to my doctor last week and she told me that keeping your HR around 140 BPM and under has been since proven wrong…was just a guesstimate. She listed a few research studies that sounded very credible. I am okay with keeping my HR a little over 140, but like you, don’t feel the need to kill myself in my workouts!

    • Anonymous

      That’s very interesting! I can see it being ok to go over 140 bpm, but I really wouldn’t feel comfortable and staying at a high bpm rate for a long period of time! Woman should focus more on the baby and still stay really active, but without overdoing it and running marathons! :-)

  • Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    You look great! I remember being so excited to start showing so everyone would know I was pregnant. As far as working out, I think you are the best judge of how hard to push yourself. Just do whatever feels right for you, your body will let you know when it’s too much.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Candy I totally agree! Everyone’s body is different and each pregnancy is different as well!

  • Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    Good to read things are moving along smoothly… about this stage I started craving burritos like mad!!
    I think I ate a burrito every day =)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Lisa! No cravings yet!!

  • Rach

    So glad things are going well! I love that you are taking such good care of your little one. :) 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Rach!

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama

    You look fantastic! I’m glad to hear your pregnancy is going well. I think you’re wise to listen to your body and do whatever level of exercise feels right to you.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Maryea!

  • Life’s a Bowl

    So cute! Sounds so fun to track the weekly changes related to the baby and yourself- great memories…  Want to do it myself one day in the future :)

  • Laury

    Love these updates!!! I was grossed out by a lot in my first tri but in my second I couldn;t get enough eggs and salmon! I loved off of that…and beetes :-)

    Yey!!! You aren’t showing yet but you sure are  glowing :-)

  • Sara

    Congratulations! You will love it when you start to show. Although at 14 weeks I *think* I’m showing, but no one else really does yet!

  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. I am just seeing this news right now. I’m so happy for you.

    Baby making factory…that’s a really good way to put it, all day, every day baby making factory :)

    • Lea @ Healthy Coconut

      I’m shopping for new heart rate monitor. Do you recommend the one you are using?

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  • Shayla @ The Good Life

    Congratulations!!! I just saw this news from Laury’s post – so excited to follow you along this journey as we’re trying to get pregnant as well! Congrats!! :)

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