11 Weeks Pregnant
11 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby's Development
From an oversized head to tiny tooth buds, this week is full of exciting growth and changes, both big and small! Your baby's facial features are slowly maturing, with the ears now moving toward their final position on the sides of the head, and the eyes set wide apart with eyelids fused shut. Genitals are forming too, although it's still too early for your healthcare provider to tell if you're having a girl or a boy. But even though you don't know your baby's gender yet, why not start a list of your favourite baby names for boys and girls? Have some fun with our Baby Name Generator. You still have plenty of time to browse and find a name you love.
Tiny buds that will eventually become teeth are developing. The head makes up half the total body length at this stage, although in the coming weeks the body will grow significantly too. To support all this growing, your baby now needs more nutrients, so the placenta grows, and its red blood cells increase in number to meet this need.
How Big Is Your Baby at 11 Weeks?
Your baby is about the size of a Brussels sprout this week. From crown to rump, the average length is now two inches (five centimetres), and the average fetus weighs just about 0.33 ounces (9.4 grams).
Mom's Body at 11 Weeks Pregnant
Are you having unusual food cravings this week? They're quite common — between 50 and 90 percent of women experience these cravings at some point during pregnancy. No one knows for sure why pregnancy cravings occur; some medical experts believe these cravings are your body's way of telling you what it needs, while others blame them on changing hormone levels. As long as your food choices are part of a healthy pregnancy diet, go ahead and eat up! There is a type of craving that needs medical attention, however: If you crave non-food items like clay or dirt, contact your healthcare provider.
11 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms
Breast growth. Your breasts may be a little larger now, and you can expect to see even more growth as your pregnancy progresses. Some of this may be because the milk glands grow in preparation for breastfeeding. You might gain up to three pounds of breast tissue over the course of your pregnancy.
Increased vaginal discharge. Your body may be releasing more clear vaginal discharge now. This is normal as long as it is odourless and clear or white in colour. If you notice changes including blood, itchiness, or a foul odour, contact your healthcare provider to rule out problems.
Dark abdominal line. You might notice you have developed a long, dark line that runs vertically down the centre of your belly at around 11 weeks pregnant. It's called the linea nigra, or the “pregnancy line,” and it's thought to be associated with hormonal changes. You might start to notice it as your bump grows at 11 weeks pregnant, but this line will likely fade after your baby's birth.
Leg cramps. You may be troubled by tight, painful leg cramps, particularly at night. This can make it tough to get a good night's rest. Stretching can help with leg cramping at 11 weeks pregnant, as can exercise. In some cases, mineral depletion may contribute to having leg cramps, so make sure that your diet is giving you enough calcium and magnesium, and take care to stay hydrated.
Fatigue. Right now, your levels of the pregnancy hormone progesterone are increasing, which can sometimes make you sleepy when you'd rather be alert. And, if you've been waking to pee or having leg cramps or getting heartburn during the night, your sleep may be suffering too. Eliminating caffeine and following a relaxing bedtime ritual every evening can help fight pregnancy fatigue.
Mood swings. You can thank your heightened hormone levels if you've been experiencing mood swings or moodiness lately. Try to avoid stress, and ensure you're getting enough iron in your diet. Practicing yoga, doing simple meditations, or relaxing while listening to soft music might help you feel a little better. You could also ask your healthcare provider for advice on dealing with your mood swings, particularly if they're interfering with your daily life.
Morning sickness. You might experience queasiness and even vomiting at 11 weeks pregnant, and this can occur at any time of day. Morning sickness often subsides in the second trimester, though, and you're almost there!
11 Weeks Pregnant: Things to Consider
While you're pregnant, you'll need about 80 to 85 milligrams of vitamin C every day to help your baby develop healthy bones and teeth. Try adding oranges and other citrus fruits, as well as strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli to your diet to boost your vitamin C intake. If you're in any doubt about whether you're getting enough vitamin C, check in with your healthcare provider. For additional tips, read our article on eating well during pregnancy.
11 Weeks Pregnant: Ask Your Doctor
Is it time for the Rh test (to determine my blood compatibility with my baby's), and does my partner need to be tested?
Would an ultrasound at 11 weeks pregnant reveal a baby's gender?
What is the chance of miscarriage at 11 weeks pregnant?
Will I start to feel any movement at 11 weeks pregnant?
11 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
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