Week 11

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.

See also:

Exercise during pregnancy

Prenatal visits

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18 Comments
  1. stacey3 13 March 2015

    Last time I was on here, I had 3 to 4 ladies that I was able to have conversations with. I'm so disappointed that this site has fizzled out. The thing shows that there are 4 members registered that are in the same week as me, but none of them are ever on here.

  2. stacey3 13 March 2015

    I'm so lonely on here! I went ahead to 30 weeks to 40 weeks and at least there are 3 to 4 people holding conversations. I want to know how everyone is doing, how is your growing belly?

  3. Bgscoobyluver 14 March 2015

    Stacy- I hate how dead it has been on here too. I am constantly lurking in other weeks so keep writing LOL. Congrats on the preg though. How many kids do u have?

  4. casanova 14 March 2015

    Hello ladies!! So I see there is more conversation going on in this week than in my week. Stacey when do you plan on telling your daughters? I have my ultra sound next Monday and hopefully they will be revealing the gender of my baby. I plan on taking both of my daughters with us so they can experience the sono. A funny thing happened to me this weekend. My cousin was over at my house and we were working on some wreaths to sell. Well we had to go to the store and I had told my oldest daughter who will turn 3 on the day of the sono, that she was going to go with me and her aunt. She then asked if her aunt could go in the back seat with her in between both car seats. I told her she couldn't because her aunt had a baby in her tummy. Who by the way is 11 weeks pregnant also!! So my daughter says, ok mom, then she can drive and you can go in the back seat with me because God hasn't put a baby in your tummy. I could have cried. I wanted desperately to tell her I did have a baby in my tummy but we have decided to wait. Everyone keeps saying I'm having a boy but all I know is that I am ready to find out so we can come up some names!!

  5. Bgscoobyluver 14 March 2015

    Haha Stacy, he cant reach far enough?! Thats funny. My youngest was born in 2013 too so u might remember me. But my baby was born 6-19-13. I have 3 girls too and 1 boy (my 2nd kid). So with the twins, I will be havin 5 girls and 1 boy!! Hopin ur lil one is a boy though. Someone should get a boy LOL

  6. Bgscoobyluver 14 March 2015

    casanova- it is so hard keeping a secret like this, especially from ur babies! I had the hardest time waitin to tell my kids. So how r yall feelin?

  7. mumof3tobe4 15 March 2015

    Hi everyone I tend not to chat till I go past 12 weeks it's abit like a superstition really thou I love reading comments thou there hasn't been much going on. Casanova I was on here with u in 2014 as sue23 got scan next week so very nervous to know if baby is ok

  8. mumof3tobe4 15 March 2015

    I have 1 girl 2 boys they r 11 7 and 20 month I had a miscarriage early last year but at 6 weeks I'm 11w+ days due 1st I havnt put it on yet just waiting for 12 week scan next Monday to make sure all's well

  9. mumof3tobe4 15 March 2015

    Yea 1st oct itl be nice u have someone close who's due around same time as u most my symptoms have gone so it's a big worry and just getting over sickness bug we all had

  10. Jinjah 15 March 2015

    Hello everyone, this is the most action I've seen on here so far. Finally 11 weeks as of today. I'm due the 4th according to US however October 1st based on my LMP. So we'll see. Symptoms are starting to go away so I'm aching to feel movements!

  11. stacey3 15 March 2015

    I'm excited that other people are chatting on here! I was thinking I was all alone here this time! Lol! Jinjah, do you have any other little ones, or is this your first?

  12. mumof3tobe4 15 March 2015

    I read most comments from finding out just hoping all's ok next week then il comment more Jinjah early scans r less reliable better between 11-15 week at 6+2 mine measured only just 6 week so hoping this scan will show me my lmp date thou no doubt il have a 3rd September baby

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