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11 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

You’re now coming up to the end of the first trimester and your baby is starting to look like a baby! Your bump may start to show soon.
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What does my baby look like at week 11?

If you could see your baby’s hand, you’d notice they have teeny, delicate fingernails. Their fingers and toes are starting to separate.

Your baby’s eyes have completely closed and won’t open again until week 26.

Their kidneys are making wee and their stomach is producing gastric juice. Your baby no longer needs their nutrient-rich yolk sac, because other organs have taken over.

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Your symptoms - what's happening

Stomach pain

Some stomach pain or discomfort is normal in pregnancy, as your stomach muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing womb.

However, if you are having ongoing abdominal/stomach pain, you should get it checked out by a doctor or midwife straight away. Read more about stomach pain and pregnancy.

You may also notice a dark vertical line going up your belly. This is called a linea nigra. It's nothing to worry about and will disappear some time after the birth.

Feeling hotter than normal

Your metabolic rate (all the work your body does to keep you alive) has increased and your body is working extra hard to support the new life inside it. This, hormones and the extra blood your body’s pumping can leave you feeling hotter than you would normally feel. Drink plenty of water and wear layers that you can remove if you’re feeling too hot.

Are you suffering from swollen feet or constipation? Perhaps you’re feeling dizzy? See our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

“I got chatting online and shared everything with people going through the same thing - it was such a relief to get it all out and be honest!”  Rebecca, mum of two

Your bump may begin to show

You might notice that your clothes feel tighter now, as your waist starts to thicken. Try wearing loose-fitting items for comfort.

You may even notice a baby bump starting to show, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. This varies a lot from woman to woman, though, so don't worry if your bump is not showing yet – it will come!

What to do in week 11

Snack attack

Having a handful of sunflower seeds will take the edge off hunger pangs and give you a hit of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, great for the development of your baby’s brain and eyesight.

These super seeds also offer vitamins B, D, E and K, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and zinc.

Looking for more nutrition inspiration? Discover 10 brilliant food swaps for a healthy pregnancy.

Get fitted for a new bra

Your breasts may be getting bigger, so now might be a good time to invest in a good support bra, preferably non-wired. Visit your nearest department store for a fitting.

  1. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-9-10-11-12.aspx#close (Page last reviewed: 31/03/2017 Next review due: 31/03/2020)
  2. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape
  3. Anjum F, Nadeem M et al (2012),"Nutritional and therapeutic potential of sunflower seeds: a review", British Food Journal, Vol. 114 Iss: 4 pp. 544 - 552 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263340213_Nutritional_and_therapeutic_potential_of_sunflower_seeds_A_review
Review dates

Last reviewed: 25 June, 2018
Next review: 25 June, 2021