11 Weeks Pregnant: Be Active and Eat Healthy
At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is now similar to a size of a fig, measuring 1 ½ inches in length, weighing about a quarter of an ounce. Your little one is quite busy growing in there! His body parts and organs are almost well developed when you’re 11 weeks pregnant, looking more human now but he still has a long way to go.
Your Baby’s Development this Week
This week, your baby’s head is larger and his tiny hands are moving well and soon will be able to open and close it. His fingers no longer have their web-like appearance as they are now separated. The fingernails and toenails are now in place. The bones are also developing and starting to harden. His ears are also forming on its final place.
From the neck to the side of the head, the tongue and taste will be there in the mouth and there will be nasal openings at the tip of their nose, while tiny tooth buds are starting to appear under the gums.
Hair follicles are also starting to form on your baby’s head when you are 11 weeks pregnant. The body is also straightening and becoming proportionate while his torso is lengthening. He can do more poses now including, stretches, somersaults and forward rolls. His skin remains transparent as well.
Your baby is becoming more active, making jerky movements such as kicking and stretching. During this week, your little one will have frequent movements as the body is developing and operational. However, you won’t be able to feel these movements yet after one or two months. Now that her diaphragm is also developing, he will soon start to hiccup but again, you will still not be able to notice this.
Growing and developing surrounded by amniotic fluid, you baby is now capable of swallowing. His body organs, such as the vital ones (brain, lungs etc.) continue to grow and form, and are already operational. Your baby is inhaling amniotic fluid to help develop strong lungs. In the coming weeks, your baby will be two times larger in size.
There are more blood vessels that will appear in the placenta where your baby is receiving the oxygen and nutrients necessary for his growth and development. Genitals starts to form and develop, however, still won’t be able to distinguish the gender of your baby.
Your Body Changes at 11 Weeks Pregnant
On your 11th week, your uterus expands again. The uterus, now the size of a grapefruit, will grow bigger in the coming weeks, and your stomach and intestines will become crowded. This will then increase more pressure on your digestive tract causing you to feel bloated, added to burping and passing gas. Also, due to pregnancy hormone, progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissues in your body including your gastrointestinal tract. You will sometimes feel discomfort when full in your abdomen after eating.
You might also crave more food and may become hungrier (despite the bloated feeling). This means that your morning sickness is easing up. Your appetite is also preparing for nourishing your little tenant. You’ll notice that your lower abdomen is beginning to slightly protrude and some people will be able to tell that you’re pregnant. But some women said it varies since the baby bump will obviously be noticeable when you are 16 to 20 weeks pregnant. You will also gain more weight, and your breasts will be larger and tender. Constipation is also very common during this week. You may also notice changes in your hair, toenails, and fingernails growing more due to the high level of hormones in your body. These pregnancy hormones cause many changes on your cells.
Most 11 weeks pregnant women said they can feel the movement of their baby however; this is only caused by the presence of gas in their digestive tract. Feeling hot flashes are normal or feeling warmer than usual because your system has an increase of blood.
You may still feel heartburns because of the hormonal changes again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus. A dark vertical line of pigmentation, the lineanigra, may appear on your belly as the end of your first trimester is approaching.
What to Think and Do this Week
Your baby is rapidly growing and taking in the necessary nourishment and nutrients for his healthy development is important. Making meal plans can help you pick foods well. These foods must be rich in folate, fiber, calcium and iron.
Food safety is important! When it comes to food for the pregnant, choosing should be done carefully as many risks of poison, bacteria, and parasites will affect your baby’s health and growth. Foods you eat must be fully cooked and must avoid raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and fish as well as unpasteurized soft cheese.
This week is also the time to undergo ultrasound for the first-trimester, screening for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome. This is usually done when you are between 11 to 13 weeks pregnant. Other tests you may have for this week is Nuchal Translucency or NT test. This test ultrasound is used to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue which is located at the back of the fetus' neck.
Make time to be physically and socially active as it is necessary and will help you to become more energized despite having the pregnancy hormone kicking and beating you up. You can also do pre-labor exercises which will help you ease while giving birth.
Also, now that you have reached the 11th week, visit your practitioner regularly to learn more about the developments of your baby and to monitor his growth. Knowing that your baby is safely at home inside your womb will definitely give you comfort and relief despite the discomforts brought by pregnancy. Your baby is continuously growing and being aware of these developments, while you’re 11 weeks pregnant, will inspire you more to give your best on taking care of your health as well as your baby. Just hang in there.