Being 11 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby Is Now Officially A Fetus!
When you are 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is no longer considered an embryo, since basically all organs have already developed. Of course, your child is still far from being able to survive outside the womb, but certainly inside. The risk of miscarriage is now going down rapidly.
Many pregnant moms are starting to feel better. Less nausea and exhaustion and a cute baby bump on its way. If you are still nauseated, you can learn about remedies for morning sickness here.
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Your Baby’s Development
The fetal age of your baby is now 9 weeks. Congratulations, he or she is now a fetus!
As of 11 weeks, the most critical stage of development is over. Now the rapid growth phase begins.
For those women who have thoughts of miscarriage in mind, your risk drops considerably soon. You can find miscarriage statistics week by week here.
Here is what is going on with your baby this week:
- 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).
- The toes and fingers of your baby have now separated, and the webbed look your little one once had is gone. This is helpful when your baby starts opening and closing the fists as well as kicking and stretching every day.
- Some of the bones in the fetus are beginning to harden, and the tooth buds are still forming under the gums.
- The diaphragm is forming, which can cause hiccups regularly for your little baby who is continuously swallowing fluid now, but you won’t be able to feel those for a few more weeks yet.
- The eyelids are still fused shut in order to help the irises develop underneath.
- During this week, blood will begin to circulate between the baby and the uterus and the placenta begins to function entirely.
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 wife’s tale is that a short linea nigra, only to the navel, means a girl and a long one means a boy.
Your uterus is now above your pelvic bone that makes 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 pelvis bone.
If you are now less nauseted 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.
Constipation is a common discomfort with women during this early time in pregnancy; sometimes it can be due to the prenatal vitamins that you are taking while others find it 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.
Prenatal testing can be part of your routine visit to your doctor if you are over 35 years of age or considered a high risk.
For other women, you may opt to go with prenatal testing just for your own piece 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.
A fun thing to start dreaming about now is your baby registry. In this post I’ve listed some great shops to create your regirstry – for free, of course!
Week 11 Video Pregnancy Gallery
Diary of a Daughter
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More on the 1st Trimester
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image: Image of 11 weeks belly by Mylissa