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Your baby continues to grow and is now approximately the size of a large lime! The crown-to-rump length of your developing child is 1.75 to 2.4 inches. The weight of the fetus is approximately 8 grams at this point. The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your babys length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the babys length.

You are almost at the end of your first trimester and while changes continue to occur quickly in your baby, they are happening at a slower rate in you. Your uterus has been growing with the fetus inside of it and is now almost big enough to fill your pelvis. Your uterus may be able to be felt in your lower abdomen, above the middle of your pubic bone. You are not able to feel the baby moving inside of you at this time. Some women think that they have felt fetal movements now, but it is either gas or a wrongly dated pregnancy. You might also be noticing changes in your hair, fingernails, or skin around this time. Some women notice an increase in hair growth and nail growth during pregnancy and others lose small amounts of hair. You are burning up calories at a faster rate than you did before you became pregnant! The amount of blood being pumped around your body will increase and you might feel warmer than usual.

This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. As development continues, the fingernails appear this week. External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks. The placentas blood vessels increase to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen he needs for continued growth. The ears are gradually moving from the neck towards the sides of his head. Inside of the developing abdomen, the intestines are developing. Because the intestines are so large, some of them project into the umbilical cord and they will return to the abdomen within the next week or two.

At the size of a plum, your baby is now able to swallow. The urinary system functions. The baby swallows and urinates the amniotic fluid and the fluid is continually replaced. The baby is kicking but the mother cannot feel it yet. All vital organs are formed and, for the most part, function normally. From now on, they will grow in size and efficiency.

As a preparation for breastfeeding, your baby now has learned to swallow. Babies swallow amniotic fluid in the uterus.

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Exercise during pregnancy

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Comments on week 11

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Show latest comments from all weeks - 5 days ago
Cutey24u, now is the time to check to see if your baby is at risk for downs and a couple other things. Tell your doctor that you want to check for that and he'll have to do an ultrasound to measure the back of your baby's neck. I would call right away though because it's a very short window to get these tests done :-)

NICOLA2010 - 7 days ago
so i was mentioning i have no appetite... that chnaged as of few days ago.. always starving always eating... omg and im super gaining weight.. i didnt even gain wekght with my other two.. im super loving burritoes right now

NICOLA2010 - 7 days ago
cutey24u...ive also been getting some pains.. in uterus.. feels light lighting shooting pains towards cervix.. think jjst uterus stretching... yeah the names arnt great... we makebour names up

cutey24u - 8 days ago
Ugh so I was looking at some baby names on here, some are just awful!

cutey24u - 8 days ago
The pain has definetely subsided just kind of an annoying dull pain, maybe it is the uterus moving. I had my u/s over a month ago and would like another to see the growth but don't think my doc will do another one until gender, not happy. :( I am so impatient!

NICOLA2010 - 9 days ago
sometimes none work.. cos so much progesterone in body.. but soon hormones will level out.. key is drink drink drink

NICOLA2010 - 9 days ago
of u cant manage ssy approx 12 cups.. i dunno how much u weigh.. then fruit. fruit juice. veggies.. all contain water and fibre.. cut down the salty and carbs.. go from white bread to whole wheat or whole grain.. white rice to brown.. if u cant stand fruit.. eat dried fruits

NICOLA2010 - 9 days ago
cutey24u...hmm well u said ur bloated right.. mybe just lil constipated.. i had similar thing when bloated... but rarely bloated anymore.. drink tons of water.. half ur body weight in lbs then convert to onzes.. so im aplrox 130 lbs i half this basically i need 12 cups of water a day.. which is about right... im sufe what ur feeling will go soon

cutey24u - 9 days ago
Ok ladies I need some help. For now breast tenderness has decreased, nips still very sensitive though, I feel bloated still and constipated. Does anyone have pain in the very low section of mid back almost by butt? - 11 days ago
I don't see the doctor again until almost 14 weeks but I'm Goin to call with my concerns and book at tn scan to settle my mind! I had a strange dream About taking care of a girl with Down syndrome last night so I think it's safe to say I should do the scan!

NICOlA2010 - 12 days ago sounds ) like she dont know whats shes doing.. sorry she got u all worried how frustrating... when u seeing ur doctor? - 12 days ago
Sorry I have been quiet! I couldn't log on for some reason! Anywho had my U/S today and got to finally see my little babe! Baby was super active the u/s tech was getting frustrated! Lol heart rate around 168! I was a little upset as it was a dating ultrasound and she was checking some lines like they would in the NT scan even though I didn't ask for one, and asked for her senior to come in. Then the senior tech said baby was too small and told her 'to do your job' she was a bit of a spaz and weirdo but either way now that she mentioned it I'm worried se say something abnormal so I'm going to be talking to my doc about possibly doing the NT scan this time around d!!

NICOlA2010 - 13 days ago
maybe what we r feeling is growth.. or things shifting... i get butterfly feelings.. its nothing unpleasent..

NICOlA2010 - 13 days ago
kimberly... funny eh.. alot of fried stuff kinda gives me a headache... weord cos i can eat wendys anyday.. think its the scent of oil or somthing... thefact hard boiled much healthier..

NICOlA2010 - 13 days ago
babykhan.. im not sure i know the baby starts learning to swallow now - 13 days ago
NICOIA, lol, that's EXACTLY the same for me. I can't stand eggs fried but can eat them boiled. I swear I felt the baby move yesterday or the day before and a couple days before that but I guess that's not possible this early in pregnancy so I don't know what it was.

babykhan - 13 days ago
@NICOlA2010-I felt something, which i later figured it out it was baby hiccups, i counted 6 of them, 2 days a go, I am not sure that is even possible at early as this.

NICOlA2010 - 13 days ago
anyone feel any baby movement? i swear ive started feeling something.. could have sworn i felt something at same time with my son

NICOlA2010 - 13 days ago
kimberly yup... not long now.. do u lke eggs? icant stand them fried.. but like them boiled. with some bread and butter... im not into toast as much as iuse to either.. me n hubbys snniversary saturdsy and dunno wherr to eat he suggested red robins with the kids.. i guess they have qiute a selection - 13 days ago
NICOIA, I'm in the same boat. This baby won't let me eat my favorite food :-( It's summer time and I can't even look at the grill on our deck without being attacked by severe nausea! We just need to keep telling ourselves, it's all worth it :-)

NICOlA2010 - 13 days ago
kimberly. oh wow ye long time ago.. i know fhe food adversions r reallllly getting me down... i donteven eat dinner anymore... its weird i dont even get hungry even in middle of night... i must be getting enoigh calories during day.. even potato wedges i made last night didnt want them cos we didnt have the dip i fancied... this baby is really making me particular with what i want to eat... esp the dip or dressing situation arghhhh - 14 days ago
Chsaamanen, keep us updated on your u/s! It was so exciting seeing our little one wiggling around :-) - 14 days ago
NICOIA, no stretch marks...YET. This is my second pregnancy but it's been eight and half years since my first. I don't remember how long I was sick but I really really REALLY hope the nausea and food aversions are gone by the second I'm sure we all do, lol.

NICOlA2010 - 14 days ago
anyone have any stretch marks yet... my other 2 i just got a few around belly button.. but i already have some on lower belly.. i must be gaining weight more this time

NICOlA2010 - 15 days ago
chsaamanen be thinking Bout u saturdsy im sure uwill be fine... i dknt seem to be shlwing at all and 3rd kid.. but do have symptoms

NICOlA2010 - 15 days ago
kimberly... yeah practically no nausea this pregnancy... 3rd baby.. daughter had it bad.. son nauseus when hungry... and yeah i can never eat mest during first frimester.. and alot of 2nd...i ca eat wendys thougha hah - 15 days ago
Hello week 11! Glad to be here I have my dating u/s on Saturday so I'm exciting and anxious to finally confirm? See that there's a baby growing in there. Although I feel pregnant and have had significant symptoms seeing will put my mind at ease! - 16 days ago
Nicoia2010, That's great that you didn't get any serious nausea! That would sure make this first trimester a lot more fun, lol. Life is already better with less bloating. Let's not talk about food aversions, lol, let's just say I don't cook meat at all right now. I haven't gained any weight yet. This is all worth it though! I can't wait to know who's joining the family, Julie or Bernard! :-) - 16 days ago
Babykhan, yes we've had an u/s. There was some fluid behind the placenta which they said is likely blood but is nothing to be too concerned about. The baby looked happy and was wiggling all over the place. My nausea is AWEFUL today, hopefully tomorrow is one of the good days, lol. U/S are so exciting; hopefully all is well with you and your little peanut! Keep us posted :-)

NICOlA2010 - 16 days ago
Well my lunch want healthy lol instant noodles and malteasers lol.. Now cooking roast beef dinner... Of which the meat I won't be eating

NICOlA2010 - 16 days ago
Nausea not nurses... Darn auto corrsct

NICOlA2010 - 16 days ago
Kimberly I'm in week 10 and bloat going down too.I was soosooo gassy.. I think it depends what I eat too... Me I haven't really had nurses but once in a while I may get it... Food aversion have got worse... Im week ten though....

babykhan - 17 days ago - i am also feeling better, Nausea is going away! I do have NT U/S coming up on 7/14/201, hope everything goes well. Have you had any U/S yet? - 17 days ago
Hello week 11! I'm starting to have some more than welcome moments without nausea! ....although now is not one of those moments, lol. My bloating has reduced itself slightly and that's nice too :-) How is everyone else feeling?

keeksmom - 18 days ago
Heard and saw my bundle of joy for the first time a few days ago so excited for 31 my doc well be giving me another sono longer this time i was disappointed for this recent one it was just a measurement and heart beat i think it lasted 30 seconds but on the up side I saw him/her :)

Trini - 21 days ago
I know jamie86, I have been on this site off and on for 8 years and it has never been this quiet.

jamie86 - 25 days ago
11 weeks today. This site has become so quiet. :-(

RachRiv - 40 days ago
Hello week 11! Hope everyone is feeling well :)

mybabyshane01 - 43 days ago
Anyone else going to ask the docotr to wait a few mins before cutting the cord from the placenta? I am going to this time!

lissie**** - 49 days ago
You poor thing Jh1983. M/s from hell AND now rashes?

jh1983 - 50 days ago
Hey ladies. Had a dr appt yesterday. Baby hr was good. 172. They were able to detect with Doppler so we have a strong little baby. I'm getting some crazy rashes with this pregnancy. The doctor couldn't tell if it was eczema or hives. I think probably eczema. Hopefully one more week of this crazy morning sickness and maybe i can get off of this pump! I hate being stuck with needles. Two more weeks until the next ultrasound! Maybe they will guess the gender :)

shaym007 - 51 days ago
Welcome Desiree!!! I am hoping for a boy :)

lissie**** - 51 days ago
welcome back desiree! I just had 3 boys in a row too and hoping for a girl. I find out July 21. I also found this site in 2007 with my first pregnancy.

desireed4 - 51 days ago
Hi everyone. My name is Desiree I'm back on iap with my fourth pregnancy. I already have 3 boys so hoping this is my girl. We find out on July 26th. I've been on iap since I was pregnant with my first back in 2007 but for some reason my profile doesn't exist anymore so tada made a new one. I look forward to getting to know everyone.

lissie**** - 56 days ago
Thanks Juliesmom. Back to normal tired m/s prego momma ;) Not death bed ha ha. And no more bleeding so far so yay. Hope the m/s will get better for all of us soon!

Juliemom24 - 57 days ago
Lissie, so scary! I'm glad that everything is going well now. What a relief!

lissie**** - 58 days ago
Juliemom// I ended up having the worst GI bug in my life! (tummy bug). I lost 5+ pounds in one day of fluids and had to be hospitalized for the night to pump fluid/meds back into me. They said it was SEVERE dehydration. My heart rate was very high at rest and i couldn't stand. But the fluids made all the difference in the world!!! Hope your bleeding stopped. Mine did thank goodness.

youngmom01 - 58 days ago
Thanks ladies !! I'll deff talk to my doctor about taking iron, sure it won't hurt, and I'm so with you on hoping we get energy back, I feel so drained.

Juliemom24 - 58 days ago
Youngmom, I heard that right now a lot is going on with the fetus that requires energy and as soon as the placenta is up and running in the next few week, we'll get some of our energy back (thank goodness!).

Juliemom24 - 58 days ago
Lissie, I had some bleeding on Saturday. I had an exam at my appt on Friday so I'm guessing it was from that but it's still so scary to bleed. Did yours stop?

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