What Should I Expect at 11 Weeks Pregnant?

Early pregnancy symptoms (at 11 weeks)

Even though you might currently be exhausted, doing some light exercise, like walking, could make you feel better.

Your early signs of pregnancy could also include:

  • aches and pains around your bump
  • nausea
  • mood swings
  • a metallic taste in your mouth
  • sore breasts
  • indigestion and heartburn
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • new likes and dislikes for food and drink
  • a heightened sense of smell
  • a white milky pregnancy discharge from your vagina
  • light spotting (see your doctor if you get bleeding in pregnancy)
  • cramping, a bit like period pains
  • darkened skin on your face or brown patches – this is known as chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy”
  • greasier, spotty skin
  • thicker and shinier hair
  • bloating and the feeling of being bloated (read ways to cope with bloating on week 10s page)
  • What does my baby look like?

    Your unborn child, also known as a foetus, is currently about 41mm long from head to bottom, or the size of a fig. The body is expanding quickly, but the head is still excessively large. The fingers and toes are separating out. There are tiny fingernails and miniature ears. You probably won’t feel anything for a few weeks, even though your baby is moving around inside your womb.

    Visit the NHS website to download a birth plan template and to get advice on how to start thinking about your birth plan.

    Its also a good time to do the following:

    Inform your doctor or make an appointment with a midwife at the medical office. Alternately, you can make a self-referral to your neighborhood hospital; find their contact information online.

    Youll need to arrange a booking appointment. This typically occurs between weeks eight and twelve and lasts for about an hour. You can discuss your options for getting pregnant and giving birth. Additionally, you will be provided with screening tests for infectious diseases and ailments like Down syndrome. Inquire about the Maternity Transformation Programme and its potential benefits.

    At 8 to 14 weeks, your first dating scan will be made available to you.

    In the event that this is your first pregnancy, you will likely have 10 appointments and two scans overall.

    Ask your midwife or doctor about online antenatal classes – they may be able to recommend one. The charity Tommys has lots of useful information on antenatal classes and preparing you for birth.

    Antenatal classes will give you the chance to meet other people and prepare you for parenthood. The NCT offers online antenatal classes with small groups of people that live locally to you.

    Take prenatal vitamins. Up until at least week 12, you are advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. This promotes the development of your baby’s nervous system and provides some protection from ailments like spina bifida.

    To keep bones and muscles healthy, we need vitamin D. Most people produce enough vitamin D from sunlight on their skin between late March and early April and the end of September. However, because we cannot produce enough vitamin D from sunlight between late October and early March, you should think about taking a daily vitamin D supplement.

    Find out if you need to take a vitamin D supplement year-round by visiting the NHS website. You only need 10 micrograms (this is true for both adults and children). Check if youre entitled to free vitamins.

    Get checked out if you believe you or your partner may have an STI as it could affect the development of your unborn child. Consult your GP or midwife, or go to a sexual health clinic.

    While pregnant, 150 minutes of exercise is advised each week. You could begin by doing just 10 minutes of exercise each day; for example, go for a brisk walk outside. Check out Sport Englands #StayInWorkOut online exercises (scroll to the pregnancy section). Pay attention to your body and follow your gut instincts.

    Theres no need to eat for two. If you gain weight, you could put both you and your unborn child at risk for health issues like high blood pressure. Consume a healthy diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables and steer clear of processed, fatty, and salty foods. Through the Healthy Start program, you might be able to get free milk, fruit, and vegetables.

    Inform your doctor or specialist as soon as possible if you have a long-term health condition that you want to become pregnant. Do not stop taking any prescription medications without first consulting your doctor.

    How are you doing today? If you’re feeling nervous or depressed, talk to your midwife or doctor. They can direct you to the resources you need to get the support you need. You could also talk to your partner, close friends, and family members about your concerns.

    You might be concerned about your romantic relationship, your finances, or finding a permanent residence. Dont keep it to yourself. Its important to ask for help if you need it.

    You should abide by the NHS and government recommendations on the coronavirus (COVID-19):

    Check out the following advice to learn more about COVID-19 and pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding:

    Feeling Better At 11 Weeks Pregnant

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    Your baby has developed distinct human features by week 11 of pregnancy, including fingers and toes!

    Though it’s common to still be feeling sick, have food aversions, and bloat around this time, some expectant mothers find that their morning sickness begins to lessen as they near the end of the first trimester.

    Can you hear me now? The ears on either side of your unborn child’s adorable head have moved closer to where they will eventually land.

    Your infant’s head roughly makes up half of his body length. Wow!.

    Little fingers and toesBye-bye, webbed hands and feet. Your child’s fingers and toes are dissolving and resembling actual baby parts. Fingernail and toenail beds are also beginning to develop.

    11 weeks pregnant: Are you feeling better?

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