11 Weeks Pregnant
What’s happening this week
You’re now 11 weeks pregnant. This week read about an amazing phase of intensive growth and activity in your baby.
11 weeks pregnant symptoms; How is my baby developing?
At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is so small that you could hold him in the palm of your hand! The most critical part of development is now over, and all that is left for your baby to do is put on enough weight to be ready for delivery.
Your baby will grow extremely quickly this week, going from 21-25 mm to 44-51 mm by the end of the week. At no other time in his life, will your baby grow so fast as now.
At eleven weeks pregnant, your baby is developing baby teeth and hair follicles and is able to make a fist. Your baby is already very active and this week he may have hiccups, but it’s still too early for you to feel any movements.
How is my body changing?
At 11 weeks pregnant, you don’t have a noticeable bump yet, but you may start worrying about your weight. Doctors recommend a gain of about 1-2 lbs a month, with a total 6 lbs in the first trimester.
Your focus should be on maintaining a healthy diet rather than how much weight you put on. Also, on a positive note, you may notice this week that your hair grows faster and is shinier than normal.
On a negative note, you may be suffering from constipation and heartburn, have difficulty sleeping or develop varicose veins. This is all due to the pregnancy hormones ad will go away after delivery.
Fancy a cuppa? Your caffeine consumption may affect your baby’s development
Studies have suggested that daily consumption of more than 200 mg of caffeine (1 cup of coffee) increases the risk of miscarriage and, as it crosses the placenta, it may affect your baby’s development.
High caffeine during pregnancy also decreases blood flow to the placenta and your baby, and has been linked with lower birth weight, testicles that haven’t dropped in male babies, and stillbirths.
If you drink more than 2 cups of coffee daily, you may want to consider limiting caffeine consumption to one cup of coffee a day. To be on the safe side, your best option would be to cut caffeine altogether.