11 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

11 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect

At 11 weeks pregnant you’re so close to the end of the first trimester.

You’re almost over the rollercoaster ride of pregnancy sickness and mood swings dominating your life.

Hard to believe but you’re going to start to show soon.

If people haven’t already guessed, you’ll have some great news to share.

Traditionally most women wait until 12 weeks before announcing they’re pregnant.

The most common reason to wait is because your risk of miscarriage decreases after the first trimester.

Many women feel concerned about letting everyone know about their pregnancy in case something goes wrong.

It can be an emotional time if you’ve experienced previous miscarriages and having support may be something you need.

There’s no reason you can’t announce your pregnancy earlier, if you would prefer to have the support of family and friends sooner rather than later.

Announcing your pregnancy to the world is an exciting time!

Some couples like to keep things quiet and low key when letting people in on the news and others get very creative.

For some ideas on how to announce your pregnancy, check out Pregnancy Announcement Ideas – 7 Creative Videos.

11 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

How is your partner coping with all the changes you are experiencing?

The first trimester can be a rough time for you and your partner, as he might be trying to support you without really understanding what is happening to you.

Take time to check in with each other, so you are sharing your pregnancy on a personal level from both perspectives.

The second trimester is a great time to consider having a babymoon.

This is a great way to connect with your partner, especially as you’ll be feeling less tired.

Planing a romantic holiday when you’re eleven weeks pregnant is just the thing to take your mind of your crazy hormone levels.

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11 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

When you’re 11 weeks pregnant, you may be wondering when the pregnancy fatigue will end.

Rest assured, you’ll have plenty of energy soon.

Good news, any morning sickness should be easing off in the next few weeks.

Other interesting pregnancy symptoms may have shown up though, including:

  • Leg cramps. Ouch, these can be really painful. And annoying as they often happen at night, interrupting your precious sleep. To prevent cramps make sure you’re getting enough potassium and magnesium (try an Epsom salts bath before bed). And of course keep your water intake up.
  • Temperature increase. This is thanks to all that extra blood your body’s made. Increased blood flow to the skin means you feel warmer and sweat more than usual. Keep your fluids up and wear loose cotton clothing to stay comfortable.
  • Linea nigra. Have you recently noticed a dark line showing up on your belly? This skin darkening is a normal pregnancy symptom and is caused by…pregnancy hormones! Don’t worry, the line will disappear some time after your baby is born.

Your growing baby is really pushing your belly out now.

Having a baby bump is really special and you probably find your hand straying to give it a pat or rub.

But you might find your clothes are really not fitting well. If you haven’t already invested in some comfy stretchy clothes, now is a good time to do it.

And while you’re at it, shop around from some stretchy bras.

You’ve probably noticed your breasts are changing a lot too.

Most women wait until later in their pregnancy to buy proper maternity bras.

As your breast will keep growing for the next 6 months, some basic crop bras or stretchy bras will do for now.

11 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

So what to expect of your baby at 11 weeks pregnant?

Your baby is almost fully formed and looks like a tiny person.

Both of your baby’s ears have moved to the side of the head.

And speaking of your baby’s cute little head…did you know it accounts for half your baby’s body length!?

Major organs are now formed and functioning. Some of your baby’s bones are beginning to harden.

Soon your baby starts to pass urine from tiny kidneys.

This week your baby forms hair follicles.

Open nail passages have begun to form on the tip of your baby’s nose.

Nail beds are forming on fingers and toes which are no longer webbed. The nails themselves will begin to grow in the next few weeks.

Your baby’s hands will start to open and close into fists.

Generally your baby spends a lot of time swimming and kicking around, although you still can’t feel those movements yet.

Your baby’s body is beginning to straighten and the torso is becoming longer.

As your baby practices swallowing and the diaphragm is forming, hiccups are a regular occurrence from now.

However you won’t feel those for a few more months.

For the most part, everything your baby needs in now supplied by the placenta.

Your baby’s heartbeat can now be heard with a doppler. You might like to read our article on doppler safety.

Your baby measures approximately 4cms long, weighs around 7 grams and is the size of a fig.

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Last Updated: October 30, 2018

CONTRIBUTOR

Sam McCulloch enjoyed talking so much about birth she decided to become a birth educator and doula, supporting parents in making informed choices about their birth experience. In her spare time she writes novels. She is mother to three beautiful little humans.


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