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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.


  1. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. (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


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

      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

      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-
      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.

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

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

      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!
      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

      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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