11 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    11 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    You're 11 weeks pregnant! At this point you’re not too far off from finding out whether you’ll be having a boy or girl. That all happens around week 14. For now, read our week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 11 of pregnancy.

    At 11 weeks pregnant:

    • Your baby is the size of a large strawberry
    • You’re officially in the last three weeks of your first trimester
    • The countdown continues: you’ve got 29 weeks to go!

    What happens during the 11th week of pregnancy?

    Now that your baby has graduated from an embryo to a fetus there’s a lot of fascinating developments going on in there.

    • Not to get a big head but your baby’s brain now weighs half of their total body weight and is about an inch in length. Those powerful little synapses are forming in the cerebral cortex the nerve center of the brain responsible for complex functions like processing information and language.
    • Their face is taking shape their eyes are set wide apart and their ears are now positioned where they belong on the sides of the head.
    • Their organs are doing their part your baby’s liver is working hard to create red blood cells to deliver oxygen to all of those growing body parts.
    • Genitals are developing the early formation of a penis or clitoris is happening, with the uterus and ovaries forming if you’re having a little girl.

    What should I be feeling at 11 weeks pregnant?

    • Your baby’s growing and moving around, performing acrobatic feats in your stomach like somersaults, stretches and forward rolls as their little body lengthens.
    • Your tummy is growing and grumbling, but hopefully you’re through the worst of the morning sickness. You will probably still be very gassy, burping, passing gas, and feeling constantly bloated.
    • You will likely notice your little bump growing. It’s not too much at this stage and may just look like you’re a bit bloated.

    11 Weeks Pregnant Facts

    How big is your baby? Check out the chart below to find out!

    Baby Size at 11 Weeks
    Baby Weight 0.25 oz
    Baby Length 1.5 in – 2 in
    Baby Size Comparable to a strawberry

    Week 11 Pregnancy Symptoms

    During week 11 of pregnancy, your body is adjusting to the new life it’s supporting. As your baby changes, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time. Keep these week 11 pregnancy symptoms on your radar:

    • Nausea and vomiting — this should almost be the end of morning sickness, so there is a light at the end of the nausea tunnel.
    • Constantly needing to pee pregnancy hormones will really play with your bodily functions. hCG is increasing the blood flow to your kidneys and pelvis, causing you to need more trips to the restroom. Stay hydrated but avoid coffee as it will just fuel that need even more.
    • Flatulence and bloating progesterone is another pregnancy hormone that is affecting your functions. In this case, it’s slowing down your digestion and relaxing your gastrointestinal tract.
    • Breast tenderness you may notice that the girls are growing but they will also tend to hurt or be extra sensitive.
    • Faintness and dizziness your body needs all the blood production it can muster, and in the process, it can raise your blood pressure. When resting, elevate your feet above your heart.
    • Weird cravings or lack of interest in flavors it’s a travesty, but pregnancy can turn you off some of your favorite foods due to a change in taste or aroma.

    Tips:

    Being 11 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Get advice on how to adjust to this new stage.

    • The blood vessels in the placenta are expanding as your little one starts to really increase the growth spurt. To help it along, eat a well-balanced diet rich in brain-nourishing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
    • With your body now active 24/7, you are likely to be feeling like sitting down or lying down constantly. Try to get some exercise, rest when you feel you need it, but also keep your blood sugar levels up with snacks of cheese and crackers or nuts and dried fruits.

    Week 11 Checklist: Plan Your Pregnancy

    Be prepared. Explore our pregnancy checklist below and add these items to your to-do list this week.

    To-Do Complete
    Time to go shopping for some stylish maternity wear
    Start your baby shower registry
    Plan that amazing babymoon!

    If you’re interested in learning what is coming up in week 12 more about your pregnancy, explore our pointers on nutrition during the first trimester and ways your baby’s brain is growing.