11 weeks pregnant, basically all of your baby’s organs have now developed. The risk of miscarriage is going down rapidly. Many pregnant moms are starting to feel better. Less nausea and exhaustion and a cute baby bump on its way.
This article covers fetal development, how big your baby is, what month you are in, pregnancy symptoms, and what’s happening with your body, mom.
What to Expect When 11 Weeks Pregnant
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How Many Months is 11 Weeks Pregnant?
At 11 weeks pregnant, you are still in your first trimester. You are pregnant for two full months and are now in your third month.
You are nearing the second trimester. Doesn’t it seem that time just flies by?
There might be some uncertainties during your pregnancy journey about how many weeks/months you are pregnant, and what week/month of pregnancy you are in, and what exactly the difference between the two is. This is a common source of confusion. That is why we wrote a post on how to count the pregnancy weeks and months properly, calculate your due date, and the difference between the fetal and gestational age.
For those women who have thoughts of miscarriage in mind, your risk drops considerably soon. You can find miscarriage statistics week by week here.
Your Baby at 11 Weeks
How Big is my Baby at 11 Weeks?
The fetal age of your baby is now 9 weeks. Congratulations, he or she is now a fetus!
Measuring 1.6 inches from crown to rump (4.1 cm), your little one is about the size of a fig. He or she weighs around 0.25 ounce (7 grams).
What Does my Baby Look Like at 11 Weeks Pregnant?
At this point, your baby’s head still accounts for about half of their body’s length. Don’t worry that will change. Their tiny body is straightening and getting longer.
Your baby’s toes and fingers have now separated, and the webbed look they once had is gone. This is helpful when your baby starts opening and closing the fists as well as kicking and stretching every day. On the hands and feet, fingernail and toenail beds start to form in preparation for the nail growth that will happen in the next few weeks.
Hair follicles are forming on the entire body. The eyelids are still fused shut in order to help the irises develop underneath. The tiny ears are moving closer to their final destination.
Your little one is already active and kicking inside your womb, however, it is too early, and you won’t be able to feel those tiny movements yet. But, in a few weeks, you will enjoy the feeling of your baby moving daily.
As of 11 weeks, the most critical stage of development is over. Now the rapid growth phase begins.
Some of the bones are beginning to harden, and the tooth buds are still forming under the gums.
The reproductive organs are slowly forming, and by the end of this week, the baby’s external genitals start developing. However, it is still not possible to tell if you are carrying a girl or a boy.
The diaphragm is forming, which can cause hiccups regularly for your baby, who is continuously swallowing fluid now, but you won’t be able to feel those for a few more weeks yet.
During this week, blood will begin to circulate between the baby and the uterus, and the placenta begins to function entirely.
Mom’s Body When 11 Weeks Pregnant
Your uterus is now above your pelvic bone, making it easy for your medical provider to feel it during an external examination. If you lie down flat on your back, you might even be able to feel it yourself by pressing gently just above your pelvic bone.
Is is possible to show already in week 11?
If this is your first pregnancy, it is not unusual if you still aren’t showing. You might have to wait a bit longer for your baby bump to show.
If you have been pregnant before, or if you are expecting twins, it is possible to notice the beginning of a baby bump at this point.
Some women find those annoying pregnancy symptoms are starting to ease up now.
Energy levels can be notably higher, and you may get some of your appetite back, so don’t be surprised if you start having those weird pregnancy cravings!
Certain smells may still bother you, and those carrying twins may still be waiting for the day that their extreme nausea subsides.
You may notice some skin changes around this week as well.
Linea Nigra is a dark vertical line of pigmentation that may show up on your abdomen, but don’t be alarmed. This is a very common thing and will subside after pregnancy. An old wive’s tale is that a short linea nigra, only to the navel, means you are carrying a girl, and a long one means you are carrying a boy.
Mood swings are completely normal because of all the hormones that are circulating in your body. If you are feeling happy one moment and sad the next, don’t worry. There is nothing wrong with you. It is common thing for pregnant women to experience moodiness.
Because of the hormones which are relaxing the muscles in your body, including the digestive tract muscles, you might be feeling bloated and experience gassiness. Relaxing the muscles in the digestive tract can also lead to heartburn.
Constipation is a common discomfort with women during this early time in pregnancy. It can be due to the prenatal vitamins you are taking. Other women might find it is caused by the change in hormones that are slowing up digestion.
Either way, eating a balanced diet and getting enough fluids can help ease this symptom. You’ll find more information about healthy eating during pregnancy here.
Your body is making room for your baby, and it is normal if you experience some aches and pains. It is common to experience round ligament pain. It appears because of the tightening of the ligaments supporting the uterus. These ligaments are stretching and softening as your belly grows, but as your belly increases, its weight pulls on the ligaments. However, if you are worried about the pain you feel, or if it is intense, talk to your doctor.
You might notice an increase in vaginal discharge. That is normal. Increased vaginal discharge is common during the entire pregnancy. It should be odorless, clean, or white in color. If you notice blood, odor, or experience itchiness, talk to your doctor.
Things to Do and Buy This Week
Prenatal testing might be part of your routine visit to your doctor if you are over 35 years of age or considered high risk.
Other women may opt to go with prenatal testing just for their own peace of mind. In some places, you can choose not to take part in prenatal testing at all.
Remember to go with what you are personally comfortable with. It is your body and your baby, and you should do what you feel is right, even now before the birth.
If you are now less nauseated and tired, consider starting to exercise. An excellent online prenatal yoga class is “Prenatal Yoga: Strengthening and Opening” With Jane Austin. You can read about the benefits of pregnancy yoga and good yoga positions during each trimester here.
A fun thing to start dreaming about now is your baby registry. In this post, I’ve listed some great shops to create your registry – for free, of course!
Week 11 Pregnancy Video
Diary of a Daughter
What’s it really like being 11 weeks pregnant…? Here’s a true diary from an 11 weeks pregnant mom (Me..!)
No miscarriage, no nausea, less tired and my baby bump is growing. I feel great!
Read Next about the 1st Trimester
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Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD, The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. A Child Is Born
Soderberg, L., Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Experiences and expectations in the first trimester of pregnancy: a qualitative study