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11 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 11 weeks pregnant:
1.     The return of your appetite.
2.     The easing of nausea.
3.     A dark line down your stomach.
4.     Strange and vivid dreams.
5.     Your baby has started growing fingernails.

How your life will change this week:
Both your baby and the placenta are still forming rapidly, so it’s perfectly normal for your body to feel very tired. It’s natural to feel like you need to sit or lie down a lot at the moment – feel free to take it as easy as you can. Nausea should start to ease (at last!) and most women find their appetites slowing returning in the next few weeks. The dark line on your belly is called the linea negra (Latin for “black line”) and it is to be expected during pregnancy.

If you find that your moods are still erratic, try doing some calming exercises like yoga or meditation. You might want to start thinking about getting some new underwear, but remember that your body will continue to change every week now, so this won’t be your last shopping spree!

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is now about 4cm long, roughly the size of a lime, from crown to rump. Incredibly, everything is starting to develop, even the tiny tooth buds and fingernails. The fingers and toes have separated and are no longer webbed. Although their skin is still translucent, your baby is starting to resemble a tiny human being more and more each week.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Go to a yoga class, or try some other type of gentle exercise.
  • Buy yourself some comfortable sleepwear.
  • Make sure you have an appointment lined up for your first scan.
If you have 5 minutes…
Pregnancy top tip.
Keep a lemon wedge near you if you are prone to nausea. If you smell something that makes you feel queasy, the citrus scent can help with the sick feeling.

Curious about next week? 
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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