11 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms and more

As with other earlier weeks, week 11 is no exception when it comes to rapid growth and huge developmental strides.

Your baby is not only busy growing but also moving around like a tiny acrobat. He or she is busy stretching and rolling around within your uterus.

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 odorless and clear or white in color. If you notice changes including blood, itchiness, or a foul odor, 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 center of your belly. It’s called the linea nigra, or the “pregnancy line,” and it’s thought to be associated with hormonal changes. 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 cramps, 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!

Baby development

At 11 weeks pregnant, some of the rapid fetal developments underway include:

  • Head and neck: Hair follicles form, head is the same length as his or her body.
  • Chest: Nipples are visible.
  • Ears: Shape is almost completely developed.
  • Mouth and nose: Nasal passages are open, tongue present, tooth buds continue forming
  • Limbs: Hands and feet are now placed in front of his or her body with individual fingers and toes. Nail beds are developing. Bones start to become hard.

Baby’s size at 11 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a fig, measuring 1.5-2 inches in length. He or she will now weigh about one-third of an ounce.

During this week, the baby’s torso will be lengthening, and its body will be straightening in posture. It will be able to stretch, roll, and somersault inside the uterus.

Checklist

  • Continue taking prenatal vitamins.
  • Continue drinking about eight to 12 glasses of water a day.
  • Write down any questions you have for next week’s prenatal visit.
  • Read the maternity leave section of your employee handbook, if you work outside the home.
  • Start discussing after-baby leave options with your partner.