3 Months Pregnant: 11-15 Weeks Pregnant: Mothers Weight, Nutritious Diet

Your Body Changes During the 3rd month of Pregnancy

You may now sport a protruding belly. You will be feeling proud that you have taken your child through the first three critical months of growth. This is an extra special moment for many women.

The uterus is about the size of a soft ball now and stretches to just about the pubic bone. On an average, about two to four pounds of weight is gained for the first trimester. If you have been suffering from nausea and vomiting then weight gained maybe below average.

If you observe that a certain “not-so-nutritious” food like pizza and pepperoni is helping keep you down NVP symptoms, then go for it. Do not feel guilty. At this point, keeping down food and gaining energy are top priorities. If your stomach is able to take it, try healthier versions like vegetables and extra cheese over pepperoni. Most women report improvement or complete disappearance of morning sickness by the end of the first trimester.

Weight gain will pick up in the second trimester and will reach it’s peak in the third trimester. Overweight women will be encouraged to gain slightly less.

Women with multiple pregnancies and underweight women will be expected to gain more weight. Ask your doctor about your weight goal.

About three hundred extra calories per day is all that you require to fulfill your baby’s nutritional needs. So don’t take the phrase “eating for two” too seriously. Gaining too much weight can increase the aches and pains of pregnancy, may increase blood pressure and put extra strain on your back.

Focus on a healthy diet and regular exercise. Do not get obsessed with weighing scale. The ultimate goal of pregnancy lies in your and your baby’s health.

Note: Avoid eating king mackerel, shark, tile fish and swordfish. Although these large fishes are packed with protein and nutrients, they may contain high levels of mercury which will hamper the development of the baby’s Central Nervous System. Pregnant women are advised against eating more than twelve ounces of cooked fish in any form.

Feeling’s of a Three Month Pregnant Mother

There will be a decrease in HCG levels due to which nausea and vomiting symptoms will reduce. But there will be an onset of gastrointestinal disorders like gas, constipation and occasional heartburn. An increase in progesterone levels will slow down the functioning of the digestive system, leading to constipation. The fetus exerts pressure on the intestine as it grows and adds on to the problem.

Prenatal vitamins with added iron and iron supplements can also cause constipation. Talk to your provider for a dosage adjustment or for an extended release formula. Appropriate exercise, plenty of water intake and increase in dietary fiber may provide some relief. Laxatives or stool softeners should be taken only under medical supervision.

Gas becomes a source of embarrassment and discomfort. Intake of fiber that is used to eradicate constipation can aggravate gas problems further. Intake of carbonated drinks, broccoli, onions, beans and cabbage should be cut down as they can worsen the problem. Avoid large meals and prefer small frequent snacking.

Other symptoms that may continue or begin during the third month of pregnancy include:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion and runny nose
  • Tender breasts
  • Headache
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased saliva
  • Occasional dizziness or fainting

Baby’s Development During the End of the First Trimester

  1. During this phase, your baby’s reproductive organs start to develop. Gender determination with ultrasound is still not possible at this stage.
  2. You can see ears forming.
  3. Toenails and Fingernails begin to develop.
  4. Your baby should be about 3.5 inches long and should weigh approximately 1 ounce (28 grams). This is just the average weigh and length during the 3rd month. Do not panic if your baby’s height and weight do not match these numbers.
  5. In short, during the last month of the first trimester, you baby is almost fully formed. Arms, legs, ears, fingers and toes will start moving (open and close).

This, the 3rd month of pregnancy, is the most crucial and the dangers of miscarriage and other complications are drastically reduced as your baby has almost completely formed and should do great from here on.

21 Comments

  1. rema oren said:

    There is one more thing which I want to tell you. I don’t like milk and I can’t walk so much and can’t work hard. I want to do a job but I can’t because of headaches. I am so weak I do not have so much stamina to work.

    April 30, 2010
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  2. Susie said:

    I am expecting, in about 2-3 months of pregnancy now. My stomach is getting bigger and I can feel some fluttering on the right side of my stomach. But my problem is I am seeing slight periods (menstruating). Is it normal at this stage of pregnancy?
    I haven’t been to the scan yet, only massage center and they told me that I have a baby.

    September 21, 2010
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    • PUP said:

      One may observe spotting in this period, which may mimic menses, but the flow is very minimal. It may be normal, but keeping in mind chances of a miscarriage, it is best to get a sonogram of pelvis done. Bed rest is advised till the bleeding has stopped completely.

      September 21, 2010
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  3. s said:

    I am 10 weeks pregnant but I vomited only once in the last two weeks. Is it normal? I have a very light feeling of Nausea. But with the start of my 10th week, I have a feeling my heart beat is normal. The tightness in my belly is normal. But I think I am not pregnant because I feel very light and normal.

    October 27, 2010
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  4. JA said:

    I am 10 weeks pregnant but don’t have any symptoms. I did not experience any vomiting, but my stomach is getting bigger and I can feel something flirting on my the right side of the stomach. Is it normal at this stage of pregnancy?

    June 15, 2011
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  5. GE said:

    I am 20 and I would be right around 3 and a half to 4 months pregnant. I haven’t had any of the symptoms like vomiting or anything, but I missed my period 3 to 4 times now. I haven’t been to a doctor or anything and this morning when I woke up my nipples had a clear discharge.

    July 7, 2011
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  6. JH said:

    I am 3 months and 2 weeks pregnant. I went for an ultra sound recently and found the baby’s kidney size is 4mm in diameter. Is this serious? Could it have serious complications on my baby in the future? What is the normal size for a kidney of a baby in a 3 month womb?

    July 8, 2011
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  7. BM said:

    I am 11 weeks pregnant. I have been very sick. My obgyn has me on two medications. I have been so tired. My medicine makes me very tired and also messes with my eye sight. I haven’t been taking the medicine because the side effects are a little bothering. My morning sickness has slowed down, but I still feel nauseous all day. I try to drink water and fluids. But it makes me nauseous. I drink apple juice, but I know I am not getting enough fluids. I am so tired every day.

    November 22, 2011
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  8. Victoria said:

    I am on my 4th month of pregnancy and recently I haven’t heard my baby move. I don’t know what’s happening because the baby was kicking frequently during my 3rd month.

    January 17, 2012
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  9. nissi said:

    My breasts are still tender and sore. My stomach is protruding out a little bit. I have frequent urination and pain on the left side below my stomach.

    February 13, 2012
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  10. JR said:

    I am confused, as I am 8 weeks pregnant but my belly is showing already and I am not the only one to notice it. I think this was too early to show and I had perfectly normal periods up until I found out that I was pregnant. Is it common to have a ‘normal’ period in the early stages of pregnancy and not notice that you are pregnant? Anyone please suggest.

    March 20, 2012
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  11. LD said:

    I am 2 months and 2 weeks pregnant. I feel hungry after every one hour even if I eat on time and I don’t want to eat rice. I wanted to know if it is normal during this time? Should look for some other symptoms?

    March 21, 2012
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  12. DB said:

    I am in the 12th week of pregnancy and I am currently suffering from severe headache on the right side. It has been two days an it is still there and I also have nausea with it. Please suggest some remedy.

    March 21, 2012
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  13. Joy said:

    I am 4 months pregnant but the baby bump is not as big as it should be. Even, as many women complain, I have not vomited any time during these 4 months. It’s making me anxious, what should I do?

    May 9, 2012
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  14. Ani said:

    I am 11 weeks pregnant and it is my first pregnancy. I feel too much pain in my legs, back bone and in my left side. Please guide me in what should i do also suggest a good diet.

    June 6, 2012
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  15. SR said:

    I am a little bit confused because I really don’t have the feeling of being three months pregnant woman. I didn’t even feel that I am pregnant, I feel light and comfortable. Is it possible? Sometimes I think that I am really not pregnant.

    June 20, 2012
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  16. Beeno said:

    I am 10 months pregnant. Previously I used to vomit a lot but it has stopped since few days. My problem is I am not relaxed and comfortable while sleeping as I have to lie down straight on the bed. This causes pain in my back. As a result of this I cannot change my sides while sleeping. Sometime my heart beats fast and I am really worried. Both this affliction keeps me tensed.

    September 4, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Vomiting, backaches are common problems in pregnancy. Fortunately you have stopped vomiting. To avoid backache it is preferable to lie on the side while sleeping. Keep both your knees bent. Keep one thin pillow between the legs and one under the abdomen. Also wear low heeled or flat heeled shoes. Do gentle massage on your back. Walk is the best exercise that may help to relax the tissues and muscles of the back. Maintain good posture.

      September 4, 2012
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  17. RS said:

    My wife is three month pregnant, but since last two days she has started vomiting. Whatever she eats or drinks comes out. What should she do? What is the remedy?

    January 17, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Vomiting during pregnancy is normal phenomenon. However, it can also be due to gastric derangement if it has occurred only since two days. Tell her to suck a piece of ice. She should drink small sips of liquid at a time. Also eat small meals frequently rather than large meals. She can drink lime juice with few pieces of cardamom, it helps to relieve vomiting.

      January 18, 2013
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