You at 11 weeks pregnant
Many women find that morning sickness starts to settle down after this point in pregnancy.
You might be having leg or foot cramps – this is common. Make sure you get lots of calcium by eating calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese and yoghurt, and stay active. If you have special dietary needs, seeing a dietitian might be a good idea.
The 12-week scan
You can have this ultrasound scan at 11-13 weeks of pregnancy to check your baby’s development. It will also show if you’re having more than one baby. It can be really exciting – it’s often when you get to see your baby for the first time. But this ultrasound scan is usually also part of a screening procedure that checks your baby’s risk of having a condition like Down syndrome.
It’s a good idea to think about how you might feel and what you’d do if you’re told your baby has a high risk of complications or an abnormality. If you need to, you can talk about this with your partner or another trusted person or health professional.
Dads – not real yet?
Some men find it hard to feel the pregnancy is real. Before they see the first ultrasound, they might find it impossible to believe there really is a baby. Often, once they hear your baby’s heartbeat or see your belly getting bigger, the pregnancy begins to seem real.
Your baby when you’re 11 weeks pregnant
Your baby is ready for a growth spurt:
- It’s about 4.5 cm from head to bottom. It weighs about 10 gm.
- The heart is completely formed and pumping.
- Fingers are growing nails.
- The brain and nervous system are almost finished developing.
- Nerves and muscles are starting to work together. This means that your baby is starting to make small, jerky movements. It’s too early for you to feel them, though.