Week 11: baby is officially a fetus
It’s your last week of the first trimester! Now that you’re 11 weeks pregnant your baby has gone through some big changes, but for you, the development has been a little slower. That’s all about to change with rapid growth on the cards for both of you over the next few weeks. Your baby’s length will double from rump to head in the next three weeks. You may also want to start telling family and friends your exciting news, which might feel like a relief after keeping it a secret for so long!
My baby at 11 weeks - as big as a fig
Officially a fetus, your baby is now as big as a fig. Size-wise, your baby’s head now makes up 50% of their entire body – as weeks carry on, the disproportionately large head will start to even out with the body. By now, baby is moving smoothly around your belly, flexing muscles and stretching while inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid which supports baby’s lung growth. When 11 weeks pregnant, your baby sleeps and wakes within periods of five to ten minutes. Although it’s still too early for you to feel baby’s movements, your laughter or cough may wake them up.
As much as baby’s skin is translucent, he or she is looking more and more human. The nose is gaining definition and eyelids are fused, and even baby’s genitalia is forming. By the end of this week baby will have formed a penis or clitoris, although visually it’s still too early to identify whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Fingers and toes are no longer webbed and nail beds are even starting to form. Baby’s heartbeat is audible, and miscarriage risk reduces to about 3 per cent, which will continue to lower in upcoming weeks.
11 weeks pregnancy symptoms - What’s my body up to?
You’re almost through the roller coaster of your first trimester - usually the most full-on in terms of pregnancy symptoms. Sure, your pregnancy hormones are at full throttle which is why you may be feeling exhausted and nauseous, but the tide is starting to turn.
If you’ve got gas, opt for fiber-rich foods and drink heaps of water. Avoid highly fermented foods such as cabbage and try to reduce eating any foods that are fried or overly sugary as it may upset your stomach. Upping your vegetable and fruit intake will also help alleviate any constipation. Talk to your LMC before taking any over-the-counter medication. If mood swings are running rampant, take the edge off by enrolling into a yoga class or book in a pregnancy massage for the start of your second trimester – you deserve it!
Pregnancy isn’t just leaving its mark on your insides. Your uterus is about as big as a grapefruit, and you may be starting to show. 11 weeks pregnant is also when some women start to experience a pregnancy symptom called the linea nigra, which is the dark line that may start to appear along the center of your belly. Given it’s caused by changing hormones, it’s temporary and often disappears once you stop breastfeeding.
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