What's happening in week 11 of your pregnancy
At 11 weeks, your baby is starting to look like a real little person and you might even have the tiniest hint of a bump!
At a glance
- You may have a hint of a bump at this point
- Your baby's head is still one third of their overall length
- You probably have an appointment lined up for your dating scan
How big is my baby at 11 weeks?
It won't be long before your baby is fully formed, and will then spend the rest of the pregnancy growing (as will you!). They already have little fingernails in place, and all the bones in their face are now present. Their body is starting to straighten out now, too, and become more proportionate, although their head still makes up one third of their overall length. And although you can't feel it yet, your baby is doing a whole lot of wriggling!
Facts to know about your baby in week 11
- Your baby's head is already quite well developed and the bones in their face are now present
- Your baby is steadily breathing fluid and will continue to until birth
- Your baby is the size of a brussel sprout
- Your baby's eye lids remain fused shut
You at 11 weeks pregnant
By week 11 you probably have an appointment lined up for your dating scan – the most exciting part of the first trimester – seeing your baby on the screen for the first time (and getting your due date). You might also have had your first batch of antenatal tests by now, too and gone through your medical history and some form filling with your midwife. Check out our pregnancy testing and screening page for more info on what your blood and wee will be screened for.
You might be thinking about breaking the news to work colleagues and your wider family and friends around now. Make sure you know all the rules and regs for pregnant women in the workplace by reading up on our maternity rights page, and ensure your employer carries out a risk assessment once you have informed them of your pregnancy, so you and your baby are not put at risk while you carry out your work.
Facts to know about you in week 11
- Your feet can grow one full size during pregnancy
- You can crave strange smells as well as foods
- Teddy, Jackson and Arthur and were last year's highest climbing baby boys' names
What to think about in week 11
Now that your body is undergoing so many changes, you might find you have to adapt your existing beauty and skincare routine a bit. Your skin could go either way – mega dry or mega oily! One skin problem that worries many women in pregnancy is the blight of the dreaded stretch mark! Unfortunately, you are either going to be pre-disposed to getting stretch marks or not, but you can help keep your skin soft and flexible by using one of the many anti-stretch mark products in the chemists – or some women swear by cheap and cheerful cocoa butter or coconut oil! Applying regularly during pregnancy and after you've given birth could help the marks fade faster.
Signs and symptoms
Often striking in the night and painfully waking you from your sleep, leg cramps are another common pregnancy symptom you may start experiencing. While the cause of leg cramps in pregnancy isn’t clear, it’s thought that you might experience leg cramps in pregnancy if your body has a shortage of nutrients and salts in your bloodstream. Your baby will be taking more of the nutrients from your blood which can leave you a little short on what you need yourself. Foods containing potassium and magnesium could help. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas and tinned salmon are good for potassium, whole wheats, pumpkin seeds, almonds and spinach which are all good for magnesium. Having a warm bath before bed may also help to open up blood vessels and improve circulation to your legs.
Sickness and nausea
It’s the pregnancy hormone Beta hCG that’s to blame. ‘Morning’ sickness affects more than 70% of pregnant women and it can see many of these women having bouts of nausea on and off all day. The good news is that morning sickness means that your hormone levels are high. On the other hand not having morning sickness isn’t a bad sign. It typically lasts until the end of the first trimester, but for some unlucky women it carries on past 12 weeks. This type of severe morning sickness is known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
Watch our videos below:
Video 1: Pregnancy exercise from Nuffield Health
Video 2: The first scan (12 weeks)
Video 3: How to eat and drink healthily during pregnancy
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