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Pregnancy Week 11

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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby has grown rapidly, now 2 1/2 inches long, from crown to rump, and weighs 1/2 ounce. Externally, the toes are no longer webbed, the nasal passages are open at the end of the nose now, external genitalia is formed, (but still will need sometime before gender can be determined by sonogram,) and nipples are visible, too. Internally, the testes and ovaries are developed, the cartilage is hardening, (a process that continues into childhood,) and muscles in the intestinal walls start to contract, practicing for digestion. Amniotic fluid is beginning to accumulate as the kidneys start to work, and this provides a cushion for baby.

The baby is quite active now, somersaulting, stretching, and flexing.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 11

You might be noticing a nice new side effect of pregnancy now. Your hair and nails could seem to be growing like crazy all the sudden. Doctors are not even exactly sure why it happens, but if you have new lustrous 'do', you don't care why, so much as you are enjoying it. However, you might need more trims to both your hair and nails.

A less attractive side effect may be emerging this week, too. Bloating and increased flatulence (gas). This is due to the hormone, progesterone, relaxing those large muscles and slowing digestion. It can be embarrassing, the belches and gas, but rest assured it's common among pregnant women. To lessen the problems, continue small meals, don't overwhelm the sluggish system with huge meals. Also, avoid gas producing foods, such as beans, spicy greasy foods and the like. As the uterus grows, the problems only increase as it crowds the intestines and stomach throughout the pregnancy.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Your doctor might not have told you about an important exercise that you should be doing while pregnant, and continue after baby's arrival. Called Kegel exercises, these little maneuvers can make a big difference. They strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, helping prepare you for birth, and fighting off urinary incontinence. You do them by tightening those muscles that stop your flow of urine. Do it to realize what muscle to focus on, but don't continue to practice during urination, that will cause other problems. You can also check to see which muscles you need to work on my inserting a finger into your vagina and tighten around it. You will want to tighten and hold those muscles for a few seconds, ten times a few times a day. You can also mix up the routine by doing some quick counts, or by doing an elevator kind of slow tightening. Other benefits to Kegels, increased tone can aid orgasm. Just be sure when practicing to concentrate only pelvic floor muscles, do not tighten abdomen, or hold your breath.

Preparing for Baby

If you are like most pregnant women, you love knowing everything about what is happening with you and your growing baby. Having a pregnancy book or three, is a good investment. However, check some out at the library first, or borrow from friends or family to see which ones you actually prefer.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

As you near the end of your first trimester, now is a good time to start thinking about any travel plans you may have. With all the fatigue and nausea of the several weeks soon behind you, the next trimester is actually the ideal time for a trip. You will be feeling much better, and you want need to worry about missing doctor's appointments, or being too close to your due date. Most women feel their best during this middle section of the pregnancy. However, be sure to discuss any travel plans with your physician, including the means of travel, where you will be traveling to, and any special activities you have planned. Some destinations have special concerns, for instance clean water, or temperature extremes. Also, whatever mode of travel, make certain you never sit for too long. Make sure to take frequent stretch and bathroom breaks, and not to skimp on meals. If you are going to an amusement type facility, discuss with your doctor what things are safe and what should be avoided. If you have big plans for later in pregnancy, go ahead and bring that up now, too at your visit. Discuss with your doctor what things warrant a call, and whether you should contact any certain local physician or hospital while traveling. Of course, bring all your insurance and physician information with you on any trips.

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ellie Apr 1, 2014 08:26:53 AM ET

I'm 11wks and 1day i suffer from hyperemesis. i'm hungry but i don't know what i can't and can eat, what shall i try and do?

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Guest Jan 12, 2014 04:46:10 AM ET

Hi. my midwife thinks i'm 11 weeks and 6 days as my last period lasted no longer then 24 hours so she took it from the one before. i'm having a few aches and cramps. could this be because the baby is stretching me and i probably am 11 weeks 6 days? because surely if i'm not and i'm only 7 weeks and 4 days i wouldn't be feeling this uncomfortable? i've had 2 girls and the pregnancies were terrible with bad headaches and morning sickness, but this one is different. can anyone advice please?

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G.S Sep 26, 2013 01:01:52 AM ET

Hey, i m 11 week pregnant. i have very bad gas all the time and also nausea but my body doesnt look like pregnant yet. plz tell me what should i eat? i cant eat any thing jxt coz of nausea. i even cant take prenantal vit it makes me hard too.. i am worried about it bcoz on last feb i had miscarriage.

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twinmommytobe Aug 28, 2013 05:31:00 PM ET

I am 11 weeks with twins & i swear i feel some fluttering. could it be the babies moving??

Lisa Dec 14, 2013 05:19:01 PM ET

It is more than likely gas moving around.

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nena2598 Aug 12, 2013 05:37:25 PM ET

I will be 11 weeks come thursday, friday is my doctors appt. im terrified because i really dont feel pregnant. i havent had any nausea or normal pregnancy symptoms. other then cramps (slowing disappearing now) and just hungry all the time and hard time sleeping. keeping my fingers crossed for friday.

2timemommy Aug 14, 2013 12:38:48 PM ET

@nena2598 i would not worry my first pregancy was just like that! no symptoms, no nothing! not even a twinge! well here i am with my second and i can stop throwing up, i am also 11 weeks and it has been hell!! so...with that being said, relax and enojoy and consider yourself lucky!!! good luck!

Lisa Dec 14, 2013 05:21:14 PM ET

I am the same. i have the same symptoms, or lack there of, as you. i wouldn't worry about it.

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teets Aug 9, 2013 04:19:00 AM ET

I'm 11 weeks and 1 day i get light pains around my belly button & on my right hip..

Mish Aug 14, 2013 03:10:37 AM ET

Me too.

Krill Aug 15, 2013 05:28:57 AM ET

Me too! i was told its the baby growing! :)

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Amy Jul 23, 2013 05:04:39 AM ET

I'm 11 weeks can't wait for first scan next week. i'm really nervous though i'm scared that nothing will be there. i feel silly say that but i can't stop thinking about it, congratulations to everyone xxx

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momma of 5 Jul 16, 2013 06:44:15 PM ET

I a 11 weeks this is baby number 5 iam hungry all the time an all i want to do is sleep an be lazy

Mish Aug 14, 2013 03:11:52 AM ET

I am pregnant with 5th child too. eating tons of toast with marmalade.

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mommy to be cmc 18 Jul 11, 2013 12:44:43 AM ET

Im 11 weeks & 2 dayss & im always hungary , cramps , & alwaysssssss tired . & heartburn . im showing a lil bit & i feel like i can some times feel movement too ! im so ready to get big & find out what i'm having!:) btw does any one else get weird tastes in there throat all the time??

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rita Jul 6, 2013 06:33:50 AM ET

L am ten weeks now

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