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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.

Pregnancy Week 11 Comfort Meter

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Hii Jul 29, 2017 06:46:06 PM ET

I am 11 weeks pregnant. And I lost a lot of waight. I am worried. Is it normal? I am 215 And used to be 236. I was a big persen when I got pregnant and was thinking maybe that's why I lost waight.

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Tigger17 Feb 9, 2017 12:38:37 AM ET

I am 11 weeks and 3 days, getting severe headaches, still extremely exhausted, and very crampy. I have had my 9 week ultrasound and everything looks normal and healthy. 179 BPM. I am so not hungry, not nauseated just no appetite. Any suggestions, I am not obese but heavy 5'7 190 at the doctor's.

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stephani Oct 13, 2016 02:13:00 AM ET

I'm 11 weeks 6 days. I feel like I'm getting Braxton hicks. Tightening in my belly and it feels hard to breathe. I had them with my last two kids so I'm comparing it to that. Could it be Braxton hicks at just 11 weeks or could it be stress? Has anyone felt like this at 11 weeks? I also felt like this between 5 and 8 weeks then it went away but, now it's back. I've been working a lot. This is my 4th child.

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worried Mar 5, 2015 08:44:38 PM ET

My wife is 44 years and 11 weeks pregnant now, and she says she doesn't want to see me anymore. It's been a while without talking with her on the phone, as she said she doesn't want to see me. It's her first pregnancy in her life. I last heard her symptoms like a toothache, headache, tiredness, sleepy and cramps in her stomach after she missed her menstruation. Now I am so stressed, because I don't know how to see her or to hear her on the phone. I am so worried about her whereabouts and how she feels now.

Fena Mar 11, 2015 11:30:28 PM ET

I'm sorry that you are going through this. continue to be supportive of her. try writing her an email, calling and leaving a pics message. it's your child as well, and it's important for you to be a part of the baby's life, even if you and her don't work out. hoping the best for you and the family.

Friend May 10, 2017 08:57:58 PM ET

The same thing happened to me when i was first pregnant, i couldn't stand him, the sound of his breathing. i'd like to say it all went back to normal but to be honest it never did. i think that women's expectations change dramatically when they get pregnant, they realize all the ways that they don't have patience and time to deal with your husbands shortcomings anymore because their focus is on the baby. if i felt that he was forgetful and scatterbrained and careless and didn't listen well and i noticed all the ways that he was childish and they were magnified because i told him i don't want to be raising two people. we're together now but it's not good like it was when we were free and having fun in the beginning. it's only for the sake of the children because he made a commitment . we got married but we were separated for a long time. i guess if there's anything i can say just wait it out, don't push her, don't make it all about you, don't try and fix your relationship right now. just be her friend, be her friend as long as you have too, until she starts respecting you again or wanting to be with you. it's called sacrifice, trying to be as selfless as possible and stop any and all annoying bad habits and grow up and be a responsible man and do nice things for her whether she acts appreciative or friendly to you at all because right now she's not herself. and it's for better, for worse, for richer or for poorer, for sickness and in health. plus you'll shoot yourself in the foot if you don't. god bless!

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anushree Jan 9, 2015 10:51:50 AM ET

Hi, I am 11 weeks and still need to visit my doctor. I'm a little nervous as I traveled a lot during weeks 7 and 8. I hope everything goes well, and want to wish all the new mommies all the very best. Muah. Love you all.

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Raj Sep 17, 2014 09:21:40 PM ET

Hi. I just had IUI 6 days ago and I always feel gassy. Why is that?

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Mimi Sep 16, 2014 08:24:48 PM ET

Hi there. I'm 11 weeks 4 days today. I have only been feeling extremely sleepy all the time. I want to nap any chance I can get. But, for some reason at around 2am to 4am, I am extremely energetic. I feel like I can clean and cook, and do anything at that time. I find it so weird. But, besides that, I haven't been sick. The breast tenderness went away, and I'm not gassy. I have an appointment tomorrow. I cant wait. Good luck!! :-)

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nisa Sep 1, 2014 04:39:11 PM ET

Hi I'm 11 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I'm really excited, but I'm always tired and sleepy at work. I can't seem to keep food down. I've even lost a lot of weight because I can't eat. I'm really worried.

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S.M. Aug 24, 2014 11:02:36 PM ET

Hi. I'm 11 weeks 4 days and tired, tired, tired all day long. It feels like it is a workout just to take a bath or shower. Also, I have facial hair growing like crazy. I'm worried that I'm sleeping too much and also that maybe my hormones are off balance due to extreme facial hair. I go in for my first doctor's appt. in a week. I will be over 12 weeks. I'm worried to death something will be wrong with my baby. I will be horrified if there is something wrong and I did not go to doctor sooner.

A.P. Feb 19, 2017 05:07:26 AM ET

Hello,i'm 11 weeks 5 days and bathing definitely feels like a workout. i vacuumed my house yesterday and got so exhausted i had to go lay down.

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Dolly Jul 16, 2014 11:17:15 PM ET

I'm 11w2d and my morning sickness has been horrible. I've had a 9 week scan and have my 12 week, next week. Can't wait!! But I really wish this sickness would stop. I've lost a stone and a half, 20lbs :(

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