Welcome to week 11 of your pregnancy! You are now about two months and two weeks pregnant. If this is your second (or third, or more) pregnancy, you might already be showing. Same goes for those carrying multiples. If this is your first, however, you likely have a little longer to wait.
Did you know your baby can breathe underwater? At weeks 10 and 11, the fetus will start to inhale and exhale small amounts of amniotic fluid, which helps your baby’s lungs to grow and develop.
The completion of all the vital organs is typical of this week and now you may relax, the period of baby’s high sensitivity and potential abnormalities is passing by. Most babies are now experiencing fast changes and within several weeks their length will be doubled. The ovaries and testicles are being formed along with the outer venereal organs but even the most modern ultrasound cannot tell for sure if it is a boy or a girl. The size of the head is still proportionally larger than the body, almost half of the body size. The eyelids are closed.
What is typical of this week is that the blood circulation between the baby and the uterus starts and the placenta begins with its chief function which is nutrition via mother’s blood. From head vertex to the spine end, baby is around 55 mm long and weighs 10 grams.
Physical symptoms you may continue to experience:
- increasing appetite with or without food cravings or food aversions
- nausea and vomiting
- fatigue, although you may begin to feel more energetic
- bloating, gas, constipation, or heartburn
- breast tenderness and changes
- excessive saliva
- faintness or dizziness
Some stomach pain or discomfort is normal in pregnancy, as your stomach muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing womb.
While some women begin to notice their morning sickness is slowly starting to improve, some are not so lucky. If you are one of the lucky ones, you may notice that you are craving certain foods or experiencing certain food aversions. Either way, be sure you eat a balanced and healthy diet and take a good prenatal vitamin.
Another way to maintain your health during pregnancy is to get regular exercise. Speak with your doctor about your current or desired exercise regimen to make sure it is safe.
At this stage of your pregnancy is a great time to start planning a babymoon: a romantic getaway with your partner.
We recommend you to go on this trip in the second trimester, since that’s when you’ll feel most energized, and we doubt you’ll want to do a lot of traveling once you hit the third trimester.
It is also a good chance to bond with your partner before baby starts taking up a ton of your time and attention and maybe you will get to relax a little too.