11 Weeks Pregnant: Baby’s Development, Body Changes and More

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At 11 weeks of pregnancy, the size of your baby is comparable to a plum! During this period, babies can now feel their palms, so they start playing inside the womb. This article provides* an overview on the fetal development, maternal changes, signs and symptoms and some interesting facts about 11th week of pregnancy.

The most highlighted fetal development at 11 weeks of pregnancy is the extensive facial exploration of the baby.

Height of the baby: 11/5 inches
Weight of the baby: 7 grams

What Happens to The Baby?

Week 10 Fetus

The baby is progressing rapidly at 10 weeks. At this point, the fingers and toes are fully formed, and the baby can now also bend its limbs. The hair is growing and the baby is making uncoordinated movements inside the womb. Construction of the nervous system and digestive system are underway. Despite eyelids remain shut, the baby already obtains its own eye color and the irises are already developed at 10 weeks. Furthermore, the baby continuously takes up fluid. The webbing of the fingers is entirely gone. The baby’s head is overly bulging to accommodate brain growth and development, and the spine is clearly more visible. When you are going for a prenatal visit, the baby’s heartbeats should be heard through a Doppler stethoscope at 10 weeks. The baby’s sex organ is starting to show but can be elusive at this point though.

What Happens to Your Body

10 Weeks Pregnant

Trivia: Did you know that before pregnancy, the normal uterus is only similar to the size of a pear and after pregnancy, it is as big as a large grapefruit? At 10 weeks, pregnancy is becoming apparent. Moms-to-be begin to have bulging abdomens, and their waistline is gradually disappearing. Thus, mothers might be wearing maternity dress during this period because their clothes are starting to be uncomfortably tight as a result of weight gain and effects of bloating.

11 Weeks Pregnant

Becoming Healthy and Fit @ 10 Weeks of Pregnancy

Healthy and Fit at 10 Weeks of Pregnancy
  • Exercise: At 10 weeks, pregnant mothers are highly encouraged to participate in different types of activities. Walking and swimming remain to be the most recommended activities for mothers until 9 months. Exercise not only prepares mothers to the physical stress of labor but also helps promote strength and endurance during pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy Announcement: This period may be the perfect momentum to announce pregnancy. This is because pregnant mothers are surpassing the first trimester, and the risk of miscarriage is less* likely. Plan the announcement of pregnancy with your hubby.
  • Nutrition: Nutrition is vital in pregnancy. The best foods for pregnancy that mothers should eat are eggs, salmon, beans, sweet potatoes, whole grains, nuts, Greek yogurt, leafy vegetables, lean meats and colorful fruits.
  • Protect* Baby from Pollutants: While majority of the body parts are already developed, the nervous system and digestive system are still forming. Thus, it is important that moms-to-be should shun from potential contaminants such as smoke and car exhaust gases. In addition, they should avoid some cleaning agents like spray air fresheners and bleach since they can cause the development of asthma in children in later life. Use alternative cleaners instead, such as baking soda and lemon juice; otherwise, let someone else clean the house for you or handle these agents. When cleaning home, always wear protective gloves and keep the room well ventilated.

Additional Info: Late Pregnancy – What are the Risks?

There are many speculations about the risk of getting pregnant at 35 years old and older. To state bluntly, the major obstacles pregnant mothers may face at this point is fertility problems. As early as the age 30, the fertility rate begins to drop making it harder for couples to produce* an offspring even with fertility treatment. Beside infertility, late pregnancy also increases* the risk of ectopic pregnancy, Down’s syndrome and miscarriage. It should be noted that miscarriage occurrences during the first trimester of pregnancy can lead to chromosomal problems in babies. Furthermore, older mothers who get pregnant at 35 years of age are likely to acquire health problems while pregnant such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Older couples who are still considering having a baby should consider genetic counseling and meticulous pregnancy plan.

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Expert Author : Peony C Echavez (Consumer Health Digest)

Peony is a registered nurse, and former Director of Nursing services for a large nursing facility. She has written web content for a large health education website, and currently creates content for a number of health practisioners.