How big is a baby at 11 weeks? As you’re getting close to the end of the first trimester, your baby is measuring already just a little over two inches — the size of a lime! What to expect at 11 weeks pregnant? Surprisingly, by week 11 pregnant, fetus has distinct human characteristics already, with fingers and toes, nasal passages, ears are their nearly complete form, a palate and developing tongue in his/her mouth, and even visible nipples. He/she looks so human that you won’t believe your eyes — and his heartbeat is so easy to hear that you’ll feel absolutely awed!
Most women feel less nauseated during week 11, which is good since you will no longer throw up everything you put in your mouth.
You will feel more energetic, much like you are when you drink an energy drink. But don’t think it’s over yet — because, truth be told, it isn’t.
Although you’re no longer feeling so ill in the morning, you will soon start to suffer from constipation, which occurs due to hormone changes that slow digestion.
Heartburnis also common, and is caused by the valve between your stomach and esophagus relaxing.
By now, you have likely gained between 2 to 5 pounds only due to morning sickness preventing you from eating much. Your appetite will return soon, and you can expect to gain about a pound (= 0.5 kilos) every week. So stock up on maternity clothes since you’ll need them!
At the end of the first trimester of pregnancy, a dark vertical line of pigmentation will appear on your belly, something known as “linea nigra.”
Sleeping is also becoming more difficult during week 11, so it’s important to rest as often as needed to avoid building up stress and feeling cranky during the day. It’s the high time to stop any activity, such as work, that’s exhausting you, so go ahead and talk to your boss about this.
Your Baby at 11 Weeks
During week 11, your baby’s hands will soon open and close into fists, and tiny tooth buds will appear under the gums. Also, some of the bones will start to harden, albeit not significantly. Soon, your baby will start to develop testes or ovaries based on his gender, although his external genital organs won’t be distinguishable yet.
There are already open nasal passages at the tip of the nose, and the ears will have migrated closer to their final location. Also, the tongue and palate will be present in the mouth. Hair follicles are beginning to develop on the crown of the head. At this point, the head makes about one-third of the body, but this is absolutely normal. Soon, the body will become more proportionate, and look even more human as it’s getting straighter and lengthier. You can’t feel it, but your baby is already doing a lot of acrobatics already in your womb. And since the diaphragm is just beginning to form, hiccupping is very common, although you won’t probably notice for another month or two.
Ultrasound Images of 11 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 11 Weeks
Your appetite will return soon, so avoid eating too much otherwise you’re at risk of gaining many pounds over the next months! If you keep exercising regularly (30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week), you can stay fit and avoid major weight fluctuations that might also impact your already hectic hormones.
If you’re worried about stretch marks, consider using a body cream or lotion that softens the skin and facilitates collagen synthesis to avoid this dreadful effect of pregnancy. Exercise alone won’t prevent this! Apply coconut oil or shea/cocoa butter to the skin during and after pregnancy to prevent or fade the appearance of stretch marks.