For 11 weeks pregnant moms, this week marks the period that your baby is out of the danger zone for any possible congenital complications. By the time you’re in pregnancy week eleven, your baby is large enough to cuddle up in your palm.
Your baby is already busy in moving its legs and arms. Now the movements are more frequent, as its body parts become more functional. Getting to know more about your baby’s development and changes in your body will help you go through this period peacefully.
Your baby is almost fully formed at the time you’re 11 weeks pregnant. It’s more than 1 ½ inches long. Its tiny tooth buds are starting to appear under the gums. Some of the bones in your baby’s body are beginning to harden.
The hands and feet of the baby have separated fingers and toes now. Open nasal passages on the tip of the nose, tongue and taste buds in the mouth and visible ears make your baby lose its amphibian-like appearance, looking truly human just like you.
Your baby’s skin is still transparent in pregnancy week 11. As your pregnancy weeks pass, your baby’s skin will lose its transparency. The hair follicles of the skin and teeth are forming. The essential organs like the liver, lungs and heart have already developed and fully functional at this time.
The diaphragm has developed by this week and your baby may be having its first hiccups. Your baby’s genital organs are developing, when you’re eleven weeks pregnant. Your healthcare provider can distinguish whether your baby is a boy or girl using an ultrasound in this week.
Nausea and vomiting may start to wane by the time you’re 11 weeks pregnant. However, hormonal changes may possibly cause heartburn and constipation. Just remember all these inconveniences are for a good cause. The hormones relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus to prepare your body for motherhood. This could lead to slow digestion and other discomforts.
In pregnancy week 11, you may not look like pregnant. You may not have a noticeable bump yet. However, your body undergoes many changes at this time. Your nails and hair grow faster than usual. Surge in the hormone levels prolong the growth phase of your hair.
Some women may experience frequent headaches during this period. Stress and fatigue may contribute to such headache symptoms around week eleven of your pregnancy.
You may continue to have mixed emotions. You may gain weight up to three or four pounds at the time you’re eleven weeks pregnant. You may notice more weight in breasts and buttocks as well.
Eating regularly, drinking plenty of water and fluids, getting sufficient sleep and following some relaxation techniques can help reduce the discomforts you experience at the time you’re 11 weeks pregnant.
You might have heard that pregnant woman should eat for two. However, this is half-true. You just need to increase you calorie consumption by 300 to 500 per day. A simple brisk walk everyday can also be beneficial.
Ultrasound scan is usually conducted in pregnancy week eleven to have a glimpse of your fetus. The scan helps to confirm whether your baby is growing and developing normally.
Nuchal fold screening test is performed between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. This test helps to identify the any potential risk of genetic problems with the baby when you’re 11 weeks pregnant.