11 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
11 WEEKS PREGNANT
Can you believe you’re 11 weeks pregnant already? The start of the second trimester is right around the corner, which means you’re almost a third of the way through your pregnancy! Things are cruising right along, and the fun part of your pregnancy is just beginning!
At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a lime! Your little one weighs about 0.25 ounces and is around 1.6 inches long. Baby is still tiny but is getting big enough now that you might be starting to show. If you’re not yet, no worries! Give it another week or two and you should see that little bump pop out almost overnight.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 11
By the 11th week of pregnancy, your days of hugging the toilet every few hours are coming to an end. Finally, right? Just another couple of weeks to go before you reach the end of the first trimester, which is when the pregnancy symptoms are at their worst. Hang in there! You’ll make it!
Here are some common symptoms you may be feeling at 11 weeks pregnant:
- Morning sickness. You’re probably really familiar with this symptom by now, but the end is in sight. Hold on just a little bit longer!
- Fatigue. You’re so tired and have no energy to do anything. You just want to not feel like such a zombie anymore, right? Well, good news! Fatigue is at its worst during the first trimester. Once the second trimester hits, you’ll feel much better and more energized!
- Moodiness. Since your hormones are still out of whack, your emotions are bouncing back and forth like a ping-pong ball in fast forward. Try to relax and avoid stressful situations to help keep your mood in check.
- Gas. Sorry to say, but gas is just par for the course with pregnancy. You can try to minimize it by avoiding foods that make you gassy, but for the most part, you’ll kind of just have to deal with it.
- Vaginal discharge. As your pregnancy progresses, you will have an increase in vaginal discharge. If you notice the discharge changes colors or has a strong odor, contact your OB as this could be a sign of an infection.
- Leg cramps. You think you’re tired now? Wait until the leg cramps kick in and keep you awake all night long. Drink lots of water and eat foods high in potassium and magnesium to help reduce the leg cramps.
- Darkening skin. You may notice a dark line appear down your stomach. This is normal in pregnancy and is called linea nigra. It’s due to the changes in your hormones and is only temporary.
11 WEEK BABY BUMP
At 11 weeks pregnant, you may have a noticeable baby bump! It’s okay if you don’t have one yet. Many women don’t start showing for a few more weeks. If you’re pregnant with multiples or if this is not your first pregnancy, you will probably start showing much earlier than someone who’s never been pregnant before.
This close to the second trimester, you should’ve gained a few pounds already. Doctors usually recommend women gain between three and five pounds during the first trimester. This number is not set in stone, however, especially if you’ve had severe morning sickness. Your doctor will weigh you at each visit and if there are any concerns with your weight gain (or lack thereof) your doctor will let you know, so don’t worry too much about it right now!
11 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
If you were to have an ultrasound this week, you’d see your baby bouncing around and moving those tiny arms and legs. It’s still too early to feel those movements but seeing them on the ultrasound really makes it hit home that you have a baby growing in there!
At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby’s toes and fingers are no longer webbed – there are now 10 individual toes and 10 individual fingers (aww!). The baby has visible nipples on its chest, the ears are almost completely shaped, and its facial features are distinct.
Between 11 and 13 weeks pregnant, there are chromosomal screenings and tests that your doctor may suggest which will check for chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. These tests are sometimes optional, so discuss with your OB the pros and cons of having them done.
If you’re pregnant with twins, the 11-week ultrasound will show whether the babies share one placenta or if there are two separate placentas. If they share a placenta, that means the babies are more than likely identical twins. If there are two separate placentas, the babies could be identical or fraternal. Twins that share one placenta will be monitored a little more closely to make sure each baby is receiving enough nutrients from the placenta.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 11 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Now that you’re getting so close to the end of the first trimester, you may feel a little more at ease with the pregnancy. You’ve gotten used to being pregnant by now and you’re anxious to get started planning for the baby’s arrival and picking out baby names, but what else should you be doing at 11 weeks pregnant?
- Shop for new clothes. If you haven’t started to already, soon you’re going to outgrow your normal clothes. Now would be a good time to start shopping for stretchy clothes that won’t constrict your growing belly. You may not be quite ready to step into maternity clothes, but it won’t be long before that’s all you can step into!
- Take prenatal vitamins. Remember to continue taking your prenatal vitamins throughout your pregnancy.
- Exercise. Obviously, you don’t want to be lifting 50-pound weights but staying active is a great thing for pregnant women to do. If you’re concerned about what you can and can’t do while you’re pregnant, talk with your OB for peace of mind.
- Go on a babymoon. If you’ve never heard this term, it’s a vacation you take before the arrival of the baby. Once the baby comes, it’ll be harder to get alone time by yourself or with your significant other, so take the opportunity while you’re pregnant to get away and have some fun!
- Sam C's Editorial Team