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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.

Discover 10 super snacks to help your baby grow

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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  • 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 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.

  • By Sarah (not verified) on 5 Jul 2018 - 13:31

    Hi my name is Sarah and I am 11 weeks pregnant today I feel so hot literally got a fan on me now had a cold shower and nothing is happening this is my fourth pregnancy and I don’t remember feeling this hot is that normal

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jul 2018 - 15:45

    Hi Sarah, Thank you for your comment.

    The weather is unseasonably hot at the moment and combined with pregnancy can cause you to be very uncomfortable. Try and wear loose clothing and keep using the fan and having cold showers. In the day try and stay in the shade and drink plenty of fluids so that you don't run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Check your temperature, if it is about 37.5 then take 2 paracetomol, ( every 4-6 hours if needed and do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours) if you find that your temperature is going up then you need to seek advice from your GP or midwife. Hope this helps, Take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Emma (not verified) on 13 Jun 2018 - 20:33

    Hi I am 11 weeks pregnant with my 2nd I have my scan in 2 weeks time but like everyone I’m so nervous I just want to know everything is ok I haven’t had anything to suggest that there is a problem like severe pain or bleeding but you just don’t know till you see that heart beat. I’ve been feeling tired, had sore boobs, the odd cramping and stretching here and there is this a good sign everything is going ok, I’m dying to tell my son he’s going to be a big brother.

  • By Linzi (not verified) on 5 Jun 2018 - 14:12

    Hi I'm 11 wks and I'm so tired I have 3 naps a day I sleep most of the night but still got no energy .
    Is there something wrong as I wasn't like this with my other pregnancy.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Jun 2018 - 15:44

    Hi Linzi
    It is not uncommon in the first trimester to feel drained and need lots of sleep and naps to get you through. Your body is doing a lot of work in growing that baby and its taking a lot of your energy to do so.
    It might be worth getting your iron level checked by your GP/Midwife to ensure you're not anemic as that can make you feel very tired (and sometimes dizzy too) If you are anemic, you may be given iron tablets to take.
    Things get better after the 12-13 week mark - you'll start to feel more energetic and "glowy"
    Take care of yourself
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Nelly (not verified) on 2 Jun 2018 - 12:09

    Hi..am 11wks and can't take folic acid tablets without throwing up. Have missed a number of doses..is it gonna affect the baby?

  • By Cassie (not verified) on 16 Mar 2018 - 13:00

    Hi,
    I am 11 weeks, this morning I passed one small blood clot. I don't have any severe pain or bleeding. Could this be a miscarriage? I have a dr's apt, but I feel like I need some piece of mind a little earlier!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Mar 2018 - 12:52

    So sorry not to get back to you until now. I am sure that you will have seen your doctor since writing this and I hope that all is well. You are welcome to call us on 0800 0147 800 if you need advice but remember that we are only here during office hours Monday to Friday. Take care of yourself. Tommy's midwives

  • By keke (not verified) on 8 Jan 2018 - 17:00

    at six weeks the pt is negative, am 11 weeks and 5days no linea nigra

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2018 - 11:02

    Hi, this is nothing to worry about Keke. It is likely that you will eventually develop a linea negra, but this is nothing to worry about in that you don't yet have one right now!
    Please take care of yourself

    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Alison (not verified) on 17 Oct 2017 - 18:21

    hi, this is my first pregnancy and I am 11 weeks pregnant. food hardly stay in my stomach for up to 10hours and I have heart burns. is there anything I can do to suppress the nausea and vomiting?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Oct 2017 - 16:10

    Hi Alison, you are almost into the second trimester of pregnancy, over 12 weeks, and this tends to mean that nausea and vomiting reduces significantly after this time! I hope this is the case for you!
    Have a little read of the website link below for more advice regarding nausea and vomiting in the first trimester!
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/early-pregnancy/morning-sickness
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/pregnancy-news-and-blogs/new-rcog-guidelines-outline-treatments-pregnancy-sickness
    In addition, you can get medication over the counter at the Pharmacy to help tackle your heartburn - tell the pharmacist that you are pregnant and they will give you one which is safe to take.
    Please do feel free to call us or email us too, if you wish to speak in more detail about either of these.
    Take care of yourself!
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • 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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