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11 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect

Your baby at 11 weeks pregnant

At 11 weeks pregnant, right now, your baby is smaller than your little finger at around 4cm long and weighs around 7 grams. They would fit in the palm of your hand but has proper fingers and toes, a tongue with taste buds and facial features.

What’s my baby doing at eleven weeks pregnant?

This week, your baby has grown to the size of a lime and has waved goodbye to her webbed hands and feet. She now has distinct human characteristics such as nasal passages and visible nipples. Hair follicles form on the crown and the rest of the body this week and nail bed are starting to develop.

At the moment, her head still accounts for around half of her length, but over the next few weeks, her torso will grow. Her skin is still see-through and whilst her lungs are not fully formed yet, her heart is beating about twice the speed of yours.

Whilst she’ll be kicking and stretching like a prizewinning boxer, you won’t feel any movement for another month or two.

9 common symptoms to look out for at 11 weeks pregnant:

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1. Fatigue

A perfectly normal symptom, especially during your first trimester, if you’re finding yourself permanently exhausted, rest assured those energy levels should pick up once the placenta is formed in the next few weeks. Remember you’re growing a baby! Keep those blood sugar levels up by snacking on complex carbs and protein (think cheese and crackers or nuts and dried fruit), try some gentle exercise if you can and most of all, listen to your body.
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2. Frequent toilet trips

Another one you can blame on those pregnancy hormones – hCG increases the blood flow to your pelvic area and kidneys, making you feel like you need to wee all the time. Don’t cut back on fluids – your body and your baby needs them.
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3. Sore/tender breasts

They might be the biggest they’ve ever been, but they’ll probably be achy and painful right now. Remember to tell your partner how sensitive they are, and try sleeping in a maternity bra or a sports bra to see if it helps.
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4) Faintness or dizziness

A common side effect of all the extra blood your body is pumping round, remember to sit or lie down whenever you feel faint – either lie down and elevate your feet about your head or sit down with your head between your legs and breathe deeply.
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5) Bloating or indigestion

Bloating and indigestion is a common symptom thanks to those wonderful pregnancy hormones! Progesterone will slow down digestion to allow more time for nutrients to be passed on to your baby, but as your uterus grows, it will squash the stomach and intestines, meaning, unfortunately, this bloated feeling is here to stay. Help minimise discomfort by eating little and often rather than sticking to three big meals. 
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6) Snoring

Another unexpected side effect of those pregnancy hormones is snoring. If you’ve woken yourself (or your partner) up during the night, blame the hormones – they can make the inside of your nose swell.
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7) Skin darkening

A common symptom for some mums during pregnancy is 'linea negra' which is a dark line down the centre of your stomach. It is caused by changes to your hormones - isn't everything? It is completely normal and it isn't permanent! However, the line may not disappear straight after birth, escpecially if you are breastfeeding (because those pesky hormone stick around for longer!).
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8) Mood swings

These are expected with all the dramatic changes going on with your body. Try and do some of your favourite things to cheer you up! Mindfulness exercises or pregnancy yoga might help you feel more calm. 
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9) Leg cramp

If you are suffering with tight or painful muscles you might get cramp, especially in your sleep. Make sure you are drinking lots of water but not too much because you don't want to wash away those precious electrolytes. Foods high in potassium and magnesium will make sure you are getting the right nutrients. Also try stretching your legs out during the day or before bed.
 

What is my body doing at eleven weeks pregnant?

Hopefully, that morning sickness will be starting to die down and you’ll be getting your appetite back. Whist the saying goes ‘eating for two’, don’t go overboard. Stick to a healthy diet of nutritious meals and avoid too much junk.

Even if you’re still not showing that pregnancy bump (everyone will start to show at different times) you might find your jeans are feeling a little tighter this week. Of course, this is to be expected now you’re pregnant, but being bloated and indigestion is a common symptom thanks to those wonderful pregnancy hormones!

What you should be doing this week

Even though you don’t need to start attending antenatal classes until your third trimester, popular courses (especially the ones run by the NCT) can get booked up quickly, so get yourself on the list now. Find out all you need to know about antenatal classes and choosing the right one for you, here. 

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