In this article:
- Mommy matters
- Baby/ Fetal Development
- Baby weight and size
- Pregnancy symptoms and remedies
- Tips and To Do’s
The anticipation of sharing the good news with loved ones increase as days pass by, but you hold the news until the arrival of your second trimester. How the big news may be broken is one thing you begin thinking about, after all, you’re already 11 weeks pregnant, thus you must plan before it’s visible to all. For when the second trimester comes, it comes swiftly and brings with its unprecedented change to both you and your baby.
Most women at this stage of their pregnancy will finally start to feel a bit more relieved. This is because as the second trimester beckons closer and closer, your everyday problems of dizziness, nausea, and morning sickness will slowly start to ebb away.
Researchers have yet come to any consensus on consuming seafood during pregnancy. If you wish to take some, do so in small amount.
However, this week does not come pain-free: fluctuating hormones brought on by pregnancy might cause you to have the uncomfortable feelings of constipation and acid reflux. It might help to try to remember during these moments that your body is simply doing everything it can to support and feed your growing child inside!
At pregnancy week 11, some women might see a dark line running down their abdomen, around a centimetre in width. This phenomenon is called a linea nigra and occurs due to the increased presence of certain hormones made by the placenta, which causes melasma (skin discoloration) and darkened nipples. If you have it, you can be assured to know that it occurs in 75% of all pregnancies. Some studies suggest that its appearance relates to not having enough folic acid, so try eating lots of vegetables during this week. In any case, the line will completely disappear within a few months of giving birth.
The arrival of the eleventh week is a welcome relief to many future mothers. Not only is this because of the diminishing occurrences of morning sickness and nausea, but the risk of miscarriage drops significantly if your baby has survived thus far.
It is strongly recommended that you contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: vaginal bleeding, fever, migraine, obscured vision or abdomen cramping.
During week 11 of pregnancy, your baby is only a couple of inches long in size, similar to that of lime. Her developing facial features have become more defined; if you could take a look inside, you would be able to spot nostrils, ears, nipples, and even a tongue. Even her toes and fingers have become ‘separated’ from their webbing and can wriggle around. Within the next few weeks, as her body continues to grow and develop its functions, your baby will begin turning, kicking, and stretching; something which you will unfortunately not feel for another month or two.
However, at pregnancy week 11, one can safely say that an essential development phase of your baby is almost complete, and now your baby will strive to spend the rest of her time inside you to become as big and strong as she can as she prepares to arrive into this world.
Baby Weight and Size
At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 2-1/8 in (5.4 cm) long and weighs around 1/2 oz (14 g). Just about the size of a lime.
11 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies
In fact, scientists have found that 95% of pregnant women experienced a range of different symptoms during their pregnancy, including queasiness, retching, and even acid reflux. While harmless to the child, these experiences might be uncomfortable for you.
However, the impending start of the second trimester signals the start of a less bumpy road, where these problems should be significantly reduced including morning sickness. Try to stay positive till then! Moreover, try to improve how you feel; it would be fitting to start wearing comfortable clothes such as a pregnancy bra.
Furthermore, sticking to a healthy diet is a must. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they might affect the health of your child, avoid unpasteurized cheese, and only eat cooked food. Finally, there has been a bit of a debate regarding seafood during pregnancy. While some contain high levels of methylmercury, which could damage the development of your child’s brain, seafood, on the whole, contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to both you and the development of your baby’s nervous system. As such, if you are eating seafood, do so only in small amounts.
Tips and To Do’s
Visiting the doctor
At week 11, if you are suffering from vaginal bleeding/liquid spillage, fever, migraine, obscured vision or abdomen cramping, it is important to contact your doctor immediately. You should even contact your specialist if you believe that your morning sickness or heartburn is more severe than it should be. In extreme cases, this might lead to you not being able to eat properly, which is dangerous for both you and your child.
A first ultrasound is done between 8 and 14 weeks. Various measurements are taken and you are given an estimated delivery date (EDD). The ultrasound also checks whether you are having one baby or more.
You may have first screening tests to assess your baby’s risk of chromosomal and genetic conditions. Your doctor will talk to you about what is available.
In the midst of all the different illnesses you might have suffered or from which you are suffering right now, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. However, it is incredibly important both for your body and the development of your baby. Walking and swimming are the two most recommended workouts a pregnant mum can do, and it also helps to get a bit of fresh air once in a while!
Last reviewed on: November 17, 2016