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11 weeks pregnant - what to expect

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.

Week 11 infographic

What does my baby look like?

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.

Your symptoms - what to expect

Sore tum?

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 persistent abdominal/stomach pain, you should get it checked out by a doctor or midwife straight away.

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.

Is it hot in here?

Your metabolic rate 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 a tad hot under the collar.

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

Clothing

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!

Actions to take

Snack attack

Pecking at sunflower seeds will take the edge off hunger pangs and give you a hit of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential 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 - not bad for bird food.

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

Busting out of your bra?

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

Discover 10 super snacks to help your baby grow

Sources

1. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. NHS choices 2013; accessed online at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-9-10-11-12.aspx#close on 07.05.2015 (last reviewed: 17th February 2015; next review 17th February 2017)

2. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape, p. 206

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Sep 2017 - 19:42

    Um 11 weeks pregnant but I am seeing my periods is there a problem

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Sep 2017 - 11:19

    If you are bleeding at 11 weeks pregnant I would advise that you see your doctor as soon as possible. Some light bleeding in early pregnancy isn't uncommon but you should get it checked out straight away. Best wishes

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Jul 2017 - 10:27

    I am 11weeks pregnant I can not feel any change in my body no morning sickness no tiredness I don't feel like sleeping nothing at all so am wondering if there's something wrong

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Jul 2017 - 15:34

    Don't worry, this is quite normal. Not everyone gets symptoms of pregnancy and many would say that you are lucky. I hope all goes well for you. Best wishes from Tommy's midwives

  • By [email protected]'s on 7 Jul 2016 - 10:45

    Hi,
    This is not a problem. In pregnancy some women get a dark line that appears down the middle of the bump. This is called a linea nigra. It is normal and harmless and it usually appears around the second trimester. It's caused by hormone changes and should disappear a few weeks after you’ve given birth.
    Hope this helps! Tommy's Midwives

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Jul 2016 - 19:02

    I'm 11 weeks not at notice any dark line on my tummy is they problem

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