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11 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

11 Weeks Pregnant

11 Weeks Pregnant
11 Weeks Pregnant

Here’s what to know when you’re 5 weeks pregnant:

At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a LEGO man. Explore more about what’s going on this week:

Your Baby

This week baby’s head is about the same size as its body. But things are going to change pretty soon!

How Big is a Baby at 11 Weeks?

At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is 1.6 inches long and weighs .25 ounces. That’s about the size of a LEGO man. Or, if you’d like to compare your baby to fruit, a fig is about the size of baby at 11 weeks.

Baby’s Development

What does baby look like at 11 weeks? Well, maybe not a fig, but not entirely human yet, either. Here are some of the most fascinating features of your baby at 11 weeks.

  • Hair growth: Hair follicles are beginning to form on your baby’s head and body.
  • Fingers and toes: Hands and feet aren’t webbed anymore. Fingers and toes are separate, and little fists are getting ready to open and close. ✊
  • Tooth buds: Believe it or not, your growing baby is starting to get tooth buds under the gums, even though their first tooth won’t make an appearance until about four to seven months after birth.

Fun Fact

Your baby’s head is about the same size as the rest of their body at this point. They’ll gradually become more cutely proportioned.

11 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

On an 11 weeks pregnant ultrasound, gender may still be difficult to determine. So take anything you see with a grain of salt! However, if you really want to know baby’s sex, you can find out for sure if you opt for the first trimester genetic screening.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 11

Photo by Tommy’s

11 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

At 11 weeks pregnant, you are two-and-a-half months pregnant. That sounds pretty neat, doesn’t it?

Your Body

11 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

If you’re experiencing some wild 11 weeks pregnant symptoms, keep in mind that you’re inching closer to that coveted second trimester, when things will start to even out a bit.

  • Morning sickness: 11 weeks pregnant is still pretty early on, so you may still feel nauseous. Those pregnancy hormones are set to even out in the second trimester. Remember, this will pass—and it could be only a matter of a few weeks.
  • Fatigue: Still exhausted? There’s light at the end of the tunnel. In the next week or two, your energy level will likely return to normal. Sit tight—and get as much rest as you need.
  • Frequent urination: Thanks to pregnancy hormones and increased blood flow, you’re probably heading to the bathroom more often these days.
  • Stuffy nose: An increase in estrogen can make nasal passages swell, so you may feel extra sniffly at 11 weeks pregnant.

If you’re 11 weeks pregnant with twins, you may be dealing with a double dose of unpleasant early pregnancy symptoms. Just know that you will soon start to feel more like yourself. Be sure to eat enough to keep you going—a difficult task when you’re constantly queasy, we know.

Your 11 Weeks Pregnant Belly

There’s a wide range of when different women begin to “look pregnant.” It’s typical to start to show between weeks 12 and 16 weeks pregnant for a first-time pregnancy—this is when your uterus starts to grow up and out of the pelvis to accommodate your growing baby. If you’ve been pregnant before, your 11 weeks pregnant belly may already be showing, since your body has stretched before, and frankly, it’s a little easier the second (and third and fourth) time around. Bloating is also common at this stage of the game, so even if you don’t have an official 11 week baby bump, you might already have trouble buttoning your jeans.

If you’ve been really nauseated, you might not have gained much weight so far, or even lost a pound or two. But first trimester weight gain is usually only three to four pounds, so that’s usually no biggie.

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First Trimester Screening Explained

12 week ultrasound photo

You might have an extra appointment coming up if you choose to have first trimester screening—it’s usually done between 11 weeks and 14 weeks pregnant. So if you’ve been hoping for an 11 week ultrasound, here’s your chance. This optional screen gauges your baby’s risk of having certain birth defects, including Down syndrome, trisomy 13, 18 or 21, and congenital heart problems, as well as chromosomal abnormalities.

It happens in two parts:

  • A blood test: The levels of two proteins in your blood (plasma protein-A and human chorionic gonadotropin, for the record) will be checked, since changes to those levels can be a sign of certain conditions.
  • A nuchal translucency ultrasound: The nuchal translucency (a.k.a. NT) is fluid at the back of an in-utero baby’s neck. Since some conditions can cause the NT to become thicker, the ultrasound is used to see the baby and get a good measurement of it.

The combo of the results of the blood test and the NT measurement will give you an estimate of your baby’s chances of having chromosomal abnormality or a birth defect. Remember—it’s not a diagnosis! Based on the results, you can choose to have diagnosting testing done to get more definitive answers.

While you’re getting the ultrasound, the technician also will probably check baby’s heartbeat and size, baby’s body structure and to make sure there are no problems with your body like uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts. You’ll be shocked when you see how much baby’s moving around in there! Get the full scoop on what to prep for here.

If you’re 11 weeks pregnant with twins, you can still opt to have the genetic screening done, but unfortunately, the results are much less definitive in a multiple pregnancy. But here’s some good news—an 11 weeks pregnant ultrasound will definitely give you a chance to peek at both babies!

Top Tips for 11 Weeks Pregnant

If you drink a cup or two of water before your Nuchal Translucency scan, you’ll get a clearer image.

What’s a Sympathy Pregnancy?

Some partners really have sympathetic pregnancy symptoms. Not kidding. It’s called couvade syndrome. Symptoms can include nausea, heartburn, appetite changes, leg cramps, weight gain and more. Partners can even start sleeping differently, get mood swings, feel depressed or have a change in libido. 😳

As funny is it may sound at first, couvade syndrome may not be all in a partner’s head. It could be a subconscious way of expressing anxiety, empathy for you or a desire to bond with the baby-to-be. Think about it this way: stress can totally cause hormone levels to change, and that can have side effects. Sound familiar? Listen to your partner’s worries and suggest stress-relieving activities, including talking with a mental health pro, if necessary.

Partner Tip

Go with her to prenatal appointments and the birthing class. Believe us, you’ll want to know what’s going on with the baby and what you can do to support her during and after childbirth.

The Best Pregnancy Books

If you’re looking for a great way to pass the time during these early weeks, consider picking up a few pregnancy books! They can answer your biggest questions, and help you de-stress and demystify childbirth and breastfeeding. A few of our favorites:

See what other books Babylist parents recommend—and which is totally overrated.

What is Prenatal Yoga?

Once you start getting your energy back, it’s a good idea to create a pregnancy-friendly exercise plan. Prenatal yoga is a popular choice for a few different reasons:

  • Prenatal-specific classes and videos are designed for pregnant women, so they’re not going to include inverted poses, lying on your back or other moves that aren’t OK for expectant moms.
  • You meet other moms-to-be. It can be comforting to get to know others going through pregnancy at the same time.
  • Yoga is stress relieving. And you’re kind of dealing with a lot right now.

Prenatal yoga is said to help improve sleep, prepare your body for the rigors of childbirth and decrease pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, carpal tunnel, headaches and back pain. All good reasons to consider giving it a go.


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Week 11 Pregnancy Checklist

  • If you’re interested in it, find a local prenatal yoga studio with classes that fit your schedule.
  • Check out a pregnancy book from the library.
  • Get some R&R. Give yourself permission to rest when your energy is low.
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