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11 Weeks Pregnant: Week by Week Pregnancy

Symptoms, Tips and Fetal Development


Welcome to the eleventh week of your pregnancy! Your baby is officially a fetus and you are close to showing! Here’s what to know about being eleven weeks pregnant.

Baby at 11 weeks pregnant

You baby is just a teeny bit bigger this week – about the size of a large lime now. The days of growing by centimeters and ounces are almost behind him or her, though. Starting now, your baby will triple in length and his or her weight will increase eight- or nine-fold by the time you reach week 20. Blood vessels in the placenta will continue to grow and multiply as it works at supplying the nutrients your baby requires.

At 11 weeks, your baby is totally top-heavy – s/he’s half head! S/he has fully formed fingers and toes, a body that’s straightening out, and legs that can stretch and kick. If you had an ultrasound now, you might see your baby at 11 weeks moving around inside the amniotic sac.

You would also be able to see eye sockets, a nose, and maybe even ears on the ultrasound. Although the ears are almost in place, your baby isn’t able to hear quite yet. His intestines are also moving into place inside his stomach cavity. And reproductive organs are forming from a tiny tissue bud that’s destined to become with a penis or a clitoris and labia.

Your body at 11 weeks pregnant

At 11 weeks pregnant, you're getting very close to the end of the first trimester. For many women, this means that the worst of the early pregnancy symptoms will begin easing up. And as your uterus expands further up into your abdominal cavity, your trips to the bathroom will become less frequent since your uterus is no longer applying pressure directly to your bladder.

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Weekly development of a human embryo at 11 weeks pregnant.

You may still feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster, and this is common. As your body becomes used to being pregnant, your emotions are more likely to remain in check.

At 11 weeks pregnant, many women find it’s getting a little harder to fit into their regular clothing and that they’re starting to show, particularly for moms who’ve been pregnant before. However, it's also normal to be showing very little at this stage.

Eleven weeks pregnant ultrasound

An ultrasound at 11 weeks pregnant can offer a view of your growing baby and your baby’s heartbeat. Alternatively, your doctor might be able to locate your baby’s rapidly thumping heartbeat using a handheld fetal Doppler in the eleventh week of pregnancy.

Eleven weeks is how many months pregnant? 

At this stage in your pregnancy, you're two months, three weeks (2m3w) pregnant. 

Common symptoms at 11 weeks pregnant

  • Nausea and morning sickness: If this symptom is still on the list for you, you’re not alone: many women don’t feel relief from morning sickness until the first trimester ends. Check out these morning sickness remedies and hugs, mama!
  • Fatigue: All the development and changes your body is going through in the first trimester can leave you seriously exhausted or even fatigued. The good news is your energy is almost certain to return during the second trimester.
  • Frequent urination: Your expanding uterus is currently perched directly on your bladder, so if you find yourself needing to go, now, and again, blame pregnancy anatomy! Good news: in the next week or two your uterus will have expanded beyond your pelvis and into your abdomen, relieving the pressure on your bladder (for now, anyway!).
  • Abdominal pressure and mild achiness: Some mild aches and pains are to be expected from your abdomen these days. You might be feeling some abdominal pressure from your uterus growing, and the increased blood flow occurring in the area. The muscles and ligaments around your uterus are also stretching to make room for your baby. Slight cramping is normal, but if your pains are severe, call your doctor right away. 
  • Constipation: The pregnancy hormone progesterone slows digestion so your body can better absorb nutrients to nurture your growing baby. With your colon absorbing more water and your potentially-erratic pregnancy eating habits, things can seemingly come to a standstill in your intestines. This can also be the source of gas and bloating. Check out these tips for getting things moving and avoiding constipation in pregnancy
  • Breathlessness: As your baby’s oxygen requirements go up, you might experience some shortness of breath. Your body is adapting to these new demands, but since they are considerable, don’t be surprised if you get winded easily!
  • Congestion: Pregnancy rhinitis – stuffiness and nasal congestion as a result of your pregnancy – is a super common pregnancy symptom, and one that’s likely to stick around. Speak to your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications for guidance on which are ok to take during pregnancy.
  • Headaches: The changing hormone levels in your body have been known to cause headaches and even migraines throughout early pregnancy. If you want to take something for it, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is believed to be a safe choice for occasional use; ask your doctor what is acceptable usage and dose. Don’t take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, or naproxen (Aleve), which are not recommended to take at any time during pregnancy.
  • Varicose veins: You’ve probably noticed a map of veins crisscrossing your breasts, legs, and ankles. Your veins are expanding to support the increased blood flow in your body. Some pregnant women develop varicose veins, which are enlarged veins caused by sluggish circulation. Varicose veins are particularly common in women who are overweight or have a family history of them. 
  • Hemorrhoids: An unfortunate side effect of pregnancy are hemorrhoids, which are basically varicose veins in or just outside the anus. They can occur when constipated mamas are straining to go, and can be painful. Find out more about hemorrhoids in pregnancy.

Pregnancy checklist at 11 weeks pregnant 

  • Explore your prenatal screening options: First-trimester combined screening is a genetic test performed between weeks 11 and 14 that uses a blood test and an ultrasound exam called a nuchal translucency (NT) to determine the risk that your baby has the chromosomal conditions Down syndrome (trisomy 21) or trisomy 18. Another genetic test, cell-free fetal DNA (cfDNA) screening or noninvasive prenatal screening, is available as early as the tenth week of pregnancy. Additional tests like the quad screen and the second trimester combined screening may be performed during the second trimester. These prenatal tests are all optional and should be discussed with your doctor.
  • Check your biotin intake: Are you getting enough biotin, aka Vitamin H or B7? Your growing baby requires a lot, so you need at least 30 micrograms a day. Check your prenatal vitamin, and fill your plate with these good sources of biotin: cooked whole eggs, oats, bananas, soybeans, nuts, milk, wheat, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower.
  • Take a walk: Exercise can be a great stress reliever and, for most pregnant women, is completely safe. If you have questions about exercising while pregnant at 11 weeks or beyond, talk to your doctor.
  • Feel OK about coloring your hair: When you’re pregnant, you start looking at everything you do a little differently and wondering if it’s safe for your baby.

Rest assured, the following commonly Google’d things are safe during pregnancy:

  • Getting bumped in the tummy: Your baby is well protected, so a gentle blow to the belly won’t hurt him or her.
  • Lifting things: Picking up your child and carting bags from the store is fine while you’re pregnant. Ask your doctor about limits to how much you can lift, or if you commonly lift heavy objects in your job or life.
  • Coloring or perming your hair: These chemicals aren’t harmful to your baby.
  • Using a computer or microwave, or going through airport security: All are safe during pregnancy.

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