11 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect During Week 11

11 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect

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

What should you expect when you’re 11 weeks pregnant?

11 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect In Week 11

You’re nearly done with the rollercoaster of morning sickness and mood swings dominating your life.

What are the signs and symptoms at 11 weeks of pregnancy?

11 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms

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

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

And the good news? Any morning sickness should be easing off in the next few weeks.

A few other interesting pregnancy symptoms might have shown up, however, including these:

  • Leg cramps. Ouch, these can be really painful. They are also 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 happens because of all that extra blood your body  is making. 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.
  • Sense of smell. You will have a more acute sense of smell, picking up smells no-one else notices.

11 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Now you’re 11 weeks pregnant, your growing baby is starting to push your belly out!

Having a baby bump is really special, and your hand probably strays there from time to time, to give it a pat or rub.

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

Announcing Your Pregnancy

If people haven’t already guessed you’re pregnant by now, you’ll soon have some great news to share.

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

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

After this time, the risk of miscarriage decreases.

This can be an emotional time if you’ve experienced previous miscarriages.

You might need support from your family and friends.

Most importantly, if you would prefer to have support sooner rather than later, there’s no reason you can’t announce your pregnancy earlier.

Announcing your pregnancy to the world is an exciting time!

Some couples go all out when it comes to letting the world know they’re expecting a baby.

On the other hand, others like to keep things quiet and low key when letting people in on the news.

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

11 Weeks Pregnant: Your Relationship

If you’re in a relationship, how is your partner coping with all the changes you’re experiencing?

The first trimester can be a rough time for you and your partner. Your partner might be trying to support you without really understanding what’s happening to you.

Be sure to take time to check in with each other. Share your pregnancy experiences and feelings 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 is just the thing to take your mind off your crazy hormone levels.

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11 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Having an ultrasound around 11 weeks pregnant?

You might be surprised to see your baby is almost fully formed and looks like a tiny person.

Are you wondering what’s happening with your baby when you’re 11 weeks pregnant?

As you might have noticed on the screen, your baby spends a lot of time swimming and kicking around.

You won’t be able to feel those movements just yet.

As your baby practises swallowing and the diaphragm is forming, hiccups will be a regular occurrence from now on.

You won’t feel those for a few more months, either.

On the ultrasound screen, though, you might be able to see your baby making little jerking movements.

11 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

When you’re 11 weeks pregnant, your baby forms hair follicles.

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

And, speaking of your baby’s cute little head, it now 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 will start to pass urine from tiny kidneys.

Open nasal 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 little fists.

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

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

When you’re 11 weeks pregnant, 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.

Are You 11 Weeks Pregnant?

If you’re 11 weeks pregnant, let us know what pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing, in the comments section below.

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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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