You and Your Baby at Week 11 of Your Pregnancy

Your baby is the size of a fig!

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Article at a glance

  • How big is baby at 11 weeks?
  • Your body at week 11
  • Pregnancy symptoms at week 11
  • Tips for week 11

11 Weeks Pregnant

Week 11 (1)

As you enter Week 11 of your pregnancy, you're nearing the end of the first trimester, a significant milestone in your pregnancy journey. The second trimester of your pregnancy starts in a couple of weeks' time - this is something to look forward to, as it is when most women start to regain their energy and get the famous pregnancy "glow". It's important to note here that not all women experience an uplift in energy during pregnancy. However you're feeling, take good care of yourself and listen to what your body needs.

How Big is Baby at 11 Weeks?

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At 11 weeks, your baby (or foetus) is now about the size of a fig, or 41mm long from head to bottom, and weighing around 7 grams. Still super tiny but growing at a rapid pace!

Baby's head is currently about half the size of the body, a proportion that will change as your baby continues to grow.

The fingers and toes are separating out, and your baby now has tiny fingernails and ears.

Although your baby will be kicking and moving around, it will still be several weeks before you can feel anything. Women usually start feeling their baby kick and move after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Be sure to check out the Kicks Count website for tips on monitoring your baby's movement during pregnancy.

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Your Body at Week 11

The most notable change in the 11th week is the gradual enlargement of the uterus. You might start to notice a small bump, but it might still not be visible for many. Your baby will still be within your pelvis, but as they start to grow, your uterus lifts up and out of your pelvis, and this is when your baby bump will become more visible. It's normal for your weight to start increasing more steadily from this point, too.

Hormonal changes continue to affect your body. The increased progesterone and estrogen levels can contribute to several symptoms you might experience during this week.

In order to feed your womb, your body is now pumping around 50% more blood than normal. This can make you feel not only hot and sweaty but also dizzy.

A significant milestone soon is that the placenta will take over from the yolk sac to nourish your baby and remove waste. This changeover involves hormones that can make you feel more tired and emotional than normal. Once the placenta has taken over, you should start to feel more like yourself again.

You will have a total of two NHS ultrasound scans during your pregnancy. The first takes place between 8 and 14 weeks and is called a "dating scan," so it isn't far away! As with everything in pregnancy, it's your choice whether you attend scans. If you do want a baby scan (we recommend that you go to all scans) and yours isn't booked in, then do contact your GP. It is your human right to receive antenatal care during your pregnancy.

 


Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 11

  1. Fatigue: One of the most common symptoms at this stage is fatigue. Your body is working hard to support the developing baby, which can drain your energy. But soon, in a couple of weeks or so, your energy should start to increase as your placenta takes over. 
  2. Nausea and Morning Sickness: While some women notice a decrease in morning sickness by week 11, others may still experience it. Eating small, frequent meals can help. Stay hydrated and try snacking on ginger biscuits. 
  3. Mood Swings: Hormonal fluctuations can lead to mood swings. It is important to take care of your emotional health and seek support when needed.
  4. Food Cravings and Aversions: You might find yourself craving certain foods or being repulsed by others. This is a normal part of pregnancy. You may also have a metallic taste in your mouth which is due to hormones.
  5. Increased Urination: As the uterus grows, it puts pressure on your bladder, leading to frequent urination.
  6. Breast Changes: Your breasts may continue to grow and feel tender as they prepare for breastfeeding. Be sure to get a supportive and soft bra that can support your breasts if they feel particularly sore.
  7. Vaginal Discharge: An increase in vaginal discharge is normal due to increased estrogen and blood flow to the vaginal area.
  8. Bloating and Gas: These are common due to hormonal changes and slowing down of the digestive system.
  9. Greasy and spotty skin due to hormonal changes.

Tips for Week 11

  • Nutrition: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Exercise: Engage in moderate exercise like walking or prenatal yoga, but always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise regime.
  • Rest: Listen to your body and rest when needed. Getting enough sleep is essential.
  • Prenatal Care: Continue with regular prenatal appointments to monitor your and your baby's health.
  • Mental Health: Pay attention to your mental health. Pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster, and it's okay to seek help.

 

Week 11 is a time of rapid development for your baby and significant changes for you. Remember, every pregnancy is unique, so it's important to consult your doctor or midwife for personalised advice and support, or if anything concerns you.

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