Around 11 weeks, the nausea may start to subside. Do not be concerned if you don’t have much of an appetite. Other slight discomforts such as mild or intense heartburn and constipation may arise due to hormonal changes. On the plus side, you may start to feel more energetic.
At this stage, your body (and mind) are still unstable. It’s probably tough to feel calm, since your hormones are still raging and you may still be feeling pretty nauseous. But be informed that a couple of weeks left in the first trimester. After that you will feel better as hormonal level come into balance. Here’s more about what you’re likely feeling at 11 weeks pregnant:
- Fatigue You’re beat, but you can expect a surge in your energy in trimester two. Until then, give yourself permission to kick back and get some extra rest.
- Nausea We get it. You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. We promise you should start to feel more like yourself soon.
- Acidity Tummy troubles are par for the pregnancy course. Keep a close eye on your diet (if you’re able to hold anything down, that is) and try to avoid foods that make you gassy, such as beans, cabbage, fried foods, and desserts. Drink lots of liquids and fiber-rich foods too.
- Mood swings Try some mind/body exercises, like yoga, to help you feel more Zen. And if possible, avoid stressful situations (like that crowded family party—stay home with Netflix!).
- Leg cramps Tight, painful muscles can strike at night and interfere with your sleep. Drinking plenty of water can prevent leg cramps, and so can stretching your legs during the day. You also want to take a look at your diet to be sure you’re getting enough potassium and magnesium.
- Skin darkening One morning you might wake and think, Whoa! What’s that dark line down the center my belly and why is it there? Well, this is a totally normal pregnancy symptom called the linea nigra. This dark line is caused by hormonal changes and isn’t permanent—though you might notice that it sticks around for a while after you give birth, especially if you breastfeed. (Because of the hormones involved with breastfeeding.)
- Vaginal discharge An increase in discharge can be expected through your pregnancy.
Women who are 11 weeks pregnant with twins often have elevated hormone levels, which may mean double the symptoms and higher weight gain. Both are normal, and you too should experience increased energy and decreased nausea in the coming weeks.
Development of Baby
Your baby is 1.2 inches (3.1cm) long and weighs .14 ounces (4 grams). The head makes up for half of her size.
The fingers and toes will be formed by the end of the week.
Your baby’s bones are hardening and the skin is still transparent.
Tooth buds, hair follicles, and nail beds are forming too.
He or She is very active, but still too small for you to feel her moving.
Your baby has learned to swallow surrounding amniotic fluid, is processing this fluid and passing urine.
Other organs are continuing to form and grow.
It is important to remain alert to abnormal symptoms. Monitor the symptoms you are experiencing, go for regular check-ups and discuss any concerns you might have with your healthcare practitioner.
between weeks 11 and 13, you may be getting a first trimester screen. This is a combo of a special ultrasound called a Nuchal Translucency Screening (NTS) and a blood test.
During the 11 weeks pregnant ultrasound, the technician or doctor will measure the back of baby’s neck, an abnormal measurement could be a sign of a chromosomal abnormality. Then the blood test will screen for too-low or too-high hormone levels. Taking into account the results of both the NTS and the blood test, your doctor will tell you baby’s risk of having a chromosomal condition. Waiting for the results may be nerve-wracking, but knowing the results will likely give you peace of mind.
For women who are 11 weeks pregnant with twins, an ultrasound at this point would show the babies’ umbilical cords and either one placenta or two. If the babies share a placenta, the fetuses are probably identical twins. If they have two separate placentas, they may be identical or fraternal. Identical twins sharing the same placenta usually need more frequent check-ups to be sure they’re both getting enough nutrition.