Your Pregnancy at Week 11by Your Baby Club
Your baby's face is taking shape!
your baby this week:
Your rapidly growing baby is now 4cm in length and weighs in at 7 grams. Still tiny, but so many amazing things make up this tiny human. Taste buds are in place along with the fingers, nails, toes, and hair follicles. Their facial features will also start to take shape this week.
If it's a girl, her ovaries will be forming now
Baby will also have visible nipples, open nasal passages at the end of the nose, and a tongue. Baby is also taking on the recommendation for lots of exercise and is busy kicking and skipping away in there! In a few weeks' time, you will be able to feel all the action!
Baby's skin is still transparent, so if you were able to have a sneaky peak, you would see the little heart beating away at twice the rate of your own. This will slow down over time but for now, there is lots of work to do.
Oh no! Have all those pregnancy symptoms been getting you down? Hang in there, for most people by this point, the end is in sight. By 12 to 13-weeks once the placenta takes over, you will start to feel a whole heap better and finally get some energy back.
Finding yourself eating for two?
After all those years of watching what you eat, it can be really tempting to just let rip. However, it is worth keeping in mind that you don't require any additional calories for baby in the first trimester, so go easy on the extra food as this will grow you and not baby. If you have been suffering with morning sickness, you may notice that you have likely lost weight, so it's important to try and replenish those lost nutrients - if you can keep it down, that is!
The amount of weight a woman gains in pregnancy can vary, but the average is between 1st 8lbs and 1st 12lbs (9.9kg to 11.7kg). Most of this weight is down to your growing baby, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, water, and the placenta, even if your baby only ends up being 7lbs at full term. In preparation for breastfeeding your body is also storing fat ready for milk production, so don't be alarmed when you step on the scales - in fact, feel free to avoid them!
Remember to check out our 'What to Eat During Pregnancy' guide on page 89 if you are unsure about nutrition in pregnancy. If you are still feeling tired with all this baby growing, try to have an afternoon nap (if work and your body allows), or catch a few Zzz's when you get home. Just make sure your partner wakes you up after an hour or you will likely be up all night!
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
You're getting dressed for the day and sliding your favorite fitted jeans over your hips, but when you go to button them, there's a small problem. Those perfect pants, which have never before failed you, suddenly. don't. fit. Sure, you can try to suck it in for now, hope for the best. And when that fails, use the spare hair tie you will now and forevermore have on hand to thread through the hole and latch around the button.
If lunch has come and gone, and your slightly too-fitted, yet perfect pants from this morning now feel like they are cutting off your circulation, no spare hair tie in sight, don’t panic! You are not hurting the baby. See if you can find a rubber band, or ask a friend for a hair tie, or hurry to your car, get safely buckled in, and then unbutton those pants that will no longer do. We won't tell anyone how you let it all hang out on your drive home. Also, it is time to start thinking about maternity wear.
If you are looking to wear your regular clothes for a while longer, consider purchasing a belly sleeve or band. It’s essentially a stretchy ring of fabric that fits over your stomach and the top of your pants, allowing you to wear your regular pants while holding your unbuttoned trousers in place. Feel free to get creative and experiment with your own clothing too. A stretchy cotton tube top may work the same way. You'll also commonly find that friends who aren't currently pregnant, but plan to be be again, are willing to loan their maternity clothes out in the interim. If you borrow from someone, be sure to remember what belongs to them and whether or not they want it back. Keep in mind, as you shop, that you will get bigger. Don't buy everything early on, because you'll find that the shirts, which seem like massive tents right now, may barely cover your belly a few months from now. Just like your tummy, your wardrobe needs room to grow!
Remember to take your prenatal vitamins, and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein.
Get some rest
Are you taking pictures of your growing belly? Recording the images, and your weekly experiences, in your pregnancy journal?
If you aren't feeling very sexy, or if sexy time with your partner has taken the back seat, know that this is as normal as it is different for everyone. Some expectant moms find they feel quite sexual at times, compared to other women who find difficult to get into that mood when they're mostly just exhausted and vomitous. Most women will get that feeling back during the second trimester.
We know how difficult it is to summon a sense of calmness about you right now, with hormones swinging you to and fro amongst stinky smells and an unruly urge to dry heave. But as your first trimester comes to an end, so too will the worst of your pregnancy symptoms. This week, you're likely to feel some, or all, of the symptoms listed below.
- Darkening skin
- Leg Cramps
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Morning sickness, nausea, and/or vomiting
- Excess saliva
- Lower back and/or round ligament pain
- Visible veins
- Mood swings
- Vaginal discharge
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
- Constipation, bloating, and/or gas
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