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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.

Week 11 infographic

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.

Sources

  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

 

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Last reviewed on June 25th, 2018. Next review date June 25th, 2021.

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Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
  • By Mom of two♥️ (not verified) on 26 Jul 2019 - 14:55

    Hi.. I am eleven weeks 4days pregnant, and this is my second pregnancy.. During the first one my baby was a stillborn at 34 weeks, and the doctors weren't sure what was wrong with me or the baby.. So I'm really scared I'd lose this baby too! I really need some advice please

    Thank you xx

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 15 Jul 2019 - 13:02

    Hey I am 11 weeks pregnant and have been having a painful headache for 3 days now, I went to the doctor but I forgot to tell him that I 'm pregnant and he injected me.. Is my baby safe?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jul 2019 - 14:59

    Please go back to your doctor for advice. Without knowing what the doctor injected you with we can't tell you whether this is safe or not.

  • By Joyashree Sinha (not verified) on 23 Jun 2019 - 19:30

    Hi I'm 11 weeks pregnant and I feel like sleeping through out the day which is not possible since I'm working what should I do also I'm having leg pain from last 2 days any remedy.. Please suggest

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Jun 2019 - 09:43

    Check with your midwife about good prenatal supplements. Sometimes a mineral deficiency manifests as extreme fatigue and achiness. If you are queasy and struggling to get all your nutrients this can contribute to the general feeling of unwellness.

  • By Ronie (not verified) on 17 Jun 2019 - 07:33

    I think Im 10 weeks pregnant but i keep on having my period but it is strange on my first month i am delayed for about a week and it started with dark brown spots for 3 days then return to normal flow and color that lasted for 3 days. The following month is on time but again it started dark brown for 2 days and return to normal flow and color on the third until the seventh day, then i had spotting for another 7 days with blood tissues. I also took 5 pt and all are negative, now i have dark line below my breast, gassy i burp all the time, Im always hungry, lack of sleep, hot flushes, my stomach started to show, feel dizzy the whole day but no vomiting and I also notice my mood changes from time to time. Do you think Im pregnant?

  • By Sarah (not verified) on 29 Jun 2019 - 17:38

    You need to see a dr asap

  • By Ronie (not verified) on 9 Jul 2019 - 16:22

    I just had an ultrasound at my supposed 11th week but it turned out that I am not pregnant but I have endometriosis, I had an operation 7 years ago for same illness but I never had this symptoms. Btw I still feel pregnant up as of this comment.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Jun 2019 - 04:21

    Hi. I'm 11 weeks pregnant and I've been having this smelling discharge that I can't get rid off, it's really bad and I don't know what to do plz help.

    Thank you.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Jun 2019 - 14:10

    I'm also 11 weeks I also experienced that kind of discharg in my Vigina..go see your gp asap the discharg might might cause serious complications to your unborn baby it dangerous.

  • By Nwaigene Virginia (not verified) on 21 May 2019 - 04:37

    Good morning, please am currently 11 weeks 5days pregnant. yesterday evening I wiped out blood mixed with stretchy egg white substance when I went to use the ladies,it continued till late evening. And I also passed a small blood clot, hope my baby is okay.when I wipe now it's just like the end of my period.

  • By Zanele (not verified) on 5 Jul 2019 - 08:52

    Im 10 weeks 5 days nd yesterday i wipe out light,dark,Brown nd nou pink blood I'm so scared because 5 months back I lost my pregnancy at 36 weeks ...what should I do plz help

  • By Brittany (not verified) on 15 May 2019 - 16:22

    Currently 11 weeks pregnant I'm super nauseous,not throwing up,and having this sharp stabbing pain near my belly button,almost a little higher up. This is my 4th child,I dont even remember feeling this with my other 3. Any advice?

  • By Jay (not verified) on 5 May 2019 - 15:05

    The last day of my period is 20 February. am a first time mom.how many weeks gone could I be now.i only found out about the pregnancy close to a month ago after I did a test. Please help

  • By Zuzzette (not verified) on 30 Apr 2019 - 21:22

    I am 11 weeks pregnant i have lower back pain and lower tummy pains got yesterday only ones brow discharge but it's gone now must I be worried at all it's my 3 child and I had 7 miscarriages before.

  • By A.Olivares (not verified) on 31 May 2019 - 16:48

    I am experiencing the same.. I wipes had brown dischage on Wed.. yesterday I felt period aches in abdomen .. lower Back.and thighs. I hope my baby is okay. I have a Dr appt today I'm hoping they will let me hear the heart beat.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Mar 2019 - 01:57

    Is it normal to not feel pregnant at at 11weejs ? From weeks 6-10 the tender nipples/sore breast hit hard . . Now it’s like it’s stopped .

  • By Kailynn Harris (not verified) on 25 Apr 2019 - 19:03

    Hi, I’m 23 scared out of my mind I’m 11weeks and 2days. I haven’t had morning sickness but I can sleep my behind off lol. This will be my first child my concern comes in because I don’t feel pregnant or look it. I am extremely hot all the time I kinda have a sick feeling that never goes away is that ok. Idk I’m just so nervous both of my jobs are hard on my body. I might just be thinking hard but please someone help put my mind to ease.

  • By Vasty (not verified) on 14 Mar 2019 - 23:05

    Please ,I used to feel something moving in my stomach from one position to another ,pain is getting worse every time and I did pregnancy test but is negative. Please help me out.

  • By Misbah (not verified) on 27 Mar 2019 - 12:53

    It must be gas. .. gas feels like flutters and movement feeling. And gas also cause pain in abdomen.

  • By Blessing (not verified) on 14 Mar 2019 - 08:32

    hi am 11 weeks pregnant I woke up yesterday morning to discovered that i no longer feel the way i use to feel before even when i press my Tommy I feel nothing but no bleeding
    .is everything still OK? because last week everything was OK from the scan i did

  • By Kirsty Gallagher (not verified) on 16 Mar 2019 - 19:57

    Exactly the same thing happened to me, I’ve had 3 miscacarraiges before or at 8 weeks, I’ve never made it this far, I’m a bit neurotic now, because of my history I was allowed an early scan, everything is fine, the midwifes and everyone I have spoken to have said this is perfectly normal at this stage, try not to worry, wishing you all the best xx

  • By Crystal (not verified) on 27 Mar 2019 - 09:06

    Am feeling the same way my dear no sign of blood are any thing

  • By Kalvi (not verified) on 21 Feb 2019 - 07:57

    I used to be thin whn i was in hostel ..wh i came back home ...i started eating properly .n taking too much calorie n carbs without any workout ..due to which my belly fat increases ..and noticed dark line below belly button ..i want to knw wat is it ???

  • By Kate (not verified) on 13 Mar 2019 - 15:40

    This is called a linea - nigra. It's normal & fades soon after birth, when your hormones start to settle.

  • By Nyak (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 - 11:16

    Pls should I be worried, at 11 wks I'm bleeding slightly. It started with my discharge turning brown, then I started blood.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2019 - 13:18

    Hi Nyak,
    If you are having bleeding then it would be important to see your GP or midwife to be reviewed.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Akua (not verified) on 1 Feb 2019 - 17:43

    Hello,
    Please am pregnant and I went to the hospital on the 3rd January 2019 and I was told am 6weeks 6 days pregnant and since then till now I couldn't calculate my date very well but per the calculation ve done now it shows am 11weeks pregnant ,wanted to have another opinion of the weeks I have calculated if is correct.Thank you.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2019 - 13:27

    Hi Akua,
    Thank you for your comment. It is difficult the calculate how many weeks you our without the date of the first day of your last period. If you can provide this then we will be able to give you a better idea of how many weeks you are. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Lauren (not verified) on 28 Jan 2019 - 14:19

    Hi, I am 10w4d and I am just so worried that something will go wrong I have had a previous mc so I think im extra nervous. I had an early scan at 6w4d and saw the heart beat. I've had no nausea, I am very tired, my breasts aren't tender but my nipples are sore to touch. If a heart beat is seen that early I assume that's a good sign?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2019 - 15:22

    Hi Lauren. It's understandable that you are feeling very anxious, especially after your previous experience. It would be expected that you would see a fetal heart at around the 6 week gestation on ultrasounds scan, so yes, this is a good sign. Pregnancy symptoms aren't a direct reflection of pregnancy health. These can come and go and it not really mean anything. Some women have no pregnancy symptoms at all, whilst others have everything possible. So please try not to worry to much. Everything you describe, sounds like the first trimesters "usual suspects". If you ever need to chat, please fee lfree to call the helpline, we are here Mon to fri , 9 am to 5pm.
    All the best, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 7 Jan 2019 - 17:24

    Feeling side pains at 11 weeks anytime I drive and feeling fatigue second pregnancy

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jan 2019 - 14:52

    Hi - Thank you for your message.
    It is completely understandable to worry about stomach pain in pregnancy . But stomach pains or cramps are common in pregnancy and usually nothing to worry about.
    Mild stomach pain in early pregnancy (during the first 12 weeks) is usually caused by your womb expanding, the ligaments stretching as your bump grows, hormones constipation or trapped wind. It may sometimes feel like a ‘stitch’ or mild period pain. It’s is probably nothing to worry about if the pain is mild and goes away when you change position, have a rest, do a poo or pass wind.
    You may also feel light period-like discomfort or cramps at the end of your pregnancy. This is nothing to worry about, but call your midwife if you have any concerns.

    If you are worried about any pains you’re having, or you just feel like something is wrong, contact your midwife. Don’t be concerned about wasting anyone’s time. It’s always best to get things checked out.
    If you are having persistent stomach pain (pain that won’t go away) or cramping, or if the pain comes on suddenly it should be checked by a doctor or midwife immediately.

  • By Liza (not verified) on 20 Dec 2018 - 14:52

    Hi, today i m 11 weeks pregnant with twins by ivf. I had my US on 10weeks 2days n my babies BPM was 134 n 146. Is it healthy or little low? Plz reply me

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Dec 2018 - 16:30

    Hi Liza, Normal heart rate for baby in utero is 120-160 (170 in early pregnancy). These numbers are quite normal and likely to go up and down within this range as the babies move around. Try not to worry.

  • By Tara (not verified) on 8 Dec 2018 - 21:48

    For the past three nights I’ve been going to bed with my electric blanket on for an hour or so before turning it off. I’ve just realised I shouldn’t be using a blanket. I’m 11 weeks and 4 days. Really worried now. Any advice appreciated.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Dec 2018 - 15:30

    It is very unlikely that an electric blanket would raise your body temperature to a level that would be harmful for your pregnancy. Electric blankets are only designed to keep us warm rather than raise our core body temperature. Don't worry at all x

  • By Ash (not verified) on 13 Nov 2018 - 01:15

    Hi i'am 11 weeks. Notice if i get up too quickly after sitting i sometimes get pain in lower stomach. Is this normal?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2018 - 11:48

    Hi Ash, If the pain goes away quickly and you haven't had any bleeding, it is unlikely to be anything to worry about. If you want to call to discuss and give us more information, we are on 0800 0147 800. Best wishes from Tommy's midwives

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 27 Jul 2018 - 12:35

    Hi I'm 11 weeks pregnant and I've had no morning sickness not really tired my boobs have stopped hurting and I don't really sleep that well is there something wrong?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Jul 2018 - 12:35

    Please be reassured that the lack of pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester does not mean that there is anything wrong. Lots of women worry about this so you are not alone. Take care x

  • By Mamabear (not verified) on 8 Sep 2018 - 22:05

    Hiya
    I'm so glad you posted this
    I'm also nearly 12 weeks and am in the same boat
    I never got the sickness (except when I ate lasagne seemed like the baby didn't like that)
    Not as tired as the first few weeks .. still tired and same lack of sleep is just too much
    My appetite has gone down as well.. where as before I knew what I wanted to eat and felt hungry
    My boobs are massive and they hurt just not as before
    I just can't help worrying and have to wait another couple weeks before scan but it's really worrying me
    Oh and since I've had a bum in the oven I've been having weird dreams
    I just hope the little one is ok...

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Sep 2018 - 10:58

    Hi Mamabear
    Every woman has her own individual response to pregnancy-some women have all the symptoms, some have none at all, most women have a few or more, but all mostly go on to have healthy babies.
    However we would always advise that if you were concerned about any symptoms or had any signs of potential problems such as abdominal pain or bleeding in early pregnancy, then you should always seek further advice as soon as possible either by contacting your midwife,GP or maternity unit.
    You may find the following link helpful-
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/early-pregnancy/first-trimester-trials
    Take care
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Lucy (not verified) on 20 Jul 2018 - 21:16

    Hi, I’m 11weeks3days pregnant and I have a very visible hard muscle to the right of my belly but nothing to the left (it just feels soft). Is this normal? I’ve read up on diastasis recti and am concerned it could be this.

    Thank you!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Jul 2018 - 15:27

    Hi Lucy
    It is unlikely to be diastasis recti. This is the separation of the stomach muscles down the middle caused by your tummy growing. At 11 weeks your uterus is still protected within the pelvis. If you are worried about the hard muscle, see your doctor or midwife for advice. Take care x

  • By Rosy (not verified) on 11 Jul 2018 - 14:49

    i thought i supposed to be seeing dark line on my tummy but not yet showing. And at times i do experience something shaking in my belly is that my baby? which side do i supposed to be lying with left or right?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Jul 2018 - 15:51

    Hi Rosy,
    Not everyone gets a dark line so this is fine if you have not noticed one, do not worry. You do not say how many weeks' pregnant you are but it sounds like that this is the start of the baby moving? This normal happens between about 18-24 weeks of pregnancy. We recommend that you go to sleep on your side, but it does not matter which side, just pick the one most comfortable for you.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By ROSY (not verified) on 9 Jul 2018 - 15:40

    I am 11 weeks pregnant and at times i will feel dizzy at time i will not. and my tummy supposed to be shooting out. why?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jul 2018 - 16:43

    Hi Rosy, Sometimes in pregnancy dizziness is caused by low blood pressure. There are a few things you can do if this is the cause. Try standing up slowly and avoid standing for too long. Keep well hydrated by drinking more water especially in this hot weather. Add a little salt to your diet as this can stop you getting dehydrated. Eat smaller meals more often.
    If these small changes have no effect please see your doctor for advice. Take care

  • By Step (not verified) on 18 Jul 2018 - 04:42

    Dizziness is more frequently due to dehydration; and less often derives from low blood pressure. Avoid quick movements to the standing position from sitting or lying down, and drink plenty of fluids. If dizziness persists, or you lose consiousness, contact your doctor.

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