My 11 Week Pregnant Belly: Bump Update (With Pictures)

My 11 Weeks Pregnant Belly Picture

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Starting Weight: 123lbs

Total Weight Gain: 0lbs (it is normal to not gain much weight in the first trimester)

Energy Level: My energy levels tanked this week and I took it pretty hard. I did have two 24 hour calls this week which may have affected my mood and energy.

Symptoms: I felt awful this week. Between occasional headaches, nausea, and fatigue, I really struggled to stay positive this week. I even went to bed at 7 pm on two or three occasions.

Other Physical Changes: No other noticeable physical changes this week.

Diet: My diet has not really changed much. What has changed is my desire to eat the food that I meal prep every week. Oftentimes, I wind up ordering a salad. My favorite salad to eat at work is a bunch of spinach with tomatoes, walnuts, falafel, chickpeas, kidney beans, beets, and a freshly squeezed lemon for dressing. I am also diligently taking my prenatal vitamins with folic acid twice a day as well as weekly vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.

Diet Modifications: None as of yet!

Food Aversions: I still cannot drink my green smoothies, although I haven’t really tried, but the color and texture throw me off.

Food Cravings: This week I was craving Pita bread and hummus! I went to the health food store near my apartment and bought the healthiest pita bread. Thankfully, it was quite delicious! It was the whole wheat type, had very few ingredients, no added sugar, and a decent amount of protein. Pita bread for the win!

Workouts: My workouts suffered a little this week due to my symptoms. I definitely did not close my rings on the Apple Watch on several occasions!

Modifications to my workout: I am listening to my body as much as possible. If I don’t have it, I don’t push myself. Lately, I have been doing light Peloton rides.

*Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to learn if exercise is safe for you.*

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Other Related Questions

Can you have a baby bump at 11 weeks pregnant?

Most will not have a baby bump at 11 weeks of pregnancy, but some women may start to notice the beginning of one.

How does your stomach feel at 11 weeks pregnant?

You may feel more bloated than usual at 11 weeks due to changes in hormonal levels affecting your digestive system.

However, your stomach should still be relatively soft and you should not be experiencing any sort of abdominal pain.

What should I look like at 11 weeks pregnant (aka do you look pregnant?)

If it is your first pregnancy, it is very unlikely for you to look pregnant at 11 weeks as the fetus and uterus are still quite small.

You may however start to develop a small belly pouch.

Why do I look so big at 11 weeks pregnant?

If you are looking big at 11 weeks pregnant you may be eating more calories than necessary.

Remember, you really don’t need to gain much weight in the 1st trimester as your baby is still quite small.

Many pregnant women with a normal BMI (18-24) will only gain about 1-4 lbs.

Is it normal to feel awful at 11 weeks?

It is normal to feel your morning sickness, fatigue, and urinary symptoms getting worse at this point.

You may also begin to develop other digestive tract symptoms like gas and reflux.

11 weeks was definitely the worst I had ever felt all pregnancy so far.

Common 11 weeks pregnant symptoms

At 11 weeks pregnant it is common to experience some of these early pregnancy symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Tender breasts
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Frequent urination

You may begin to experience worsening gas and bloating for the first time at 11 weeks.

That’s because progesterone, one of the key pregnancy hormones relaxes your gastrointestinal tract, which can slow down your digestion.

Is It Normal For pregnancy symptoms To Begin fading at 11 weeks?

If any of the symptoms I just mentioned have begun to fade at 11 weeks that is totally ok!

It does not mean that there is anything wrong with the pregnancy.

It means quite the opposite.

Most women will notice a significant reduction in symptoms by the end of the first trimester 🙂

What size Is My Baby At 11 weeks pregnant?

At 11 weeks of gestation, your baby measures about 1.5-2 inches in length. He/she now weighs about a quarter of an ounce (0.25 ounces).

This is about the size of a fig or a strawberry.

Where is the baby located in your stomach at 11 weeks?

At 11 weeks pregnant your baby will be located in your lower abdomen- about halfway from your umbilicus to your mons pubis.

What Can I Expect To See At An 11 week ultrasound?

Your OB will recommend that you undergo a nuchal translucency screening ultrasound at 11-14 weeks.

This is the thickness of the nuchal fold behind the baby’s neck. Typically the measurement should be less than 3mm.

It helps screen for genetic disorders like Down Syndrome, aka Trisomy 21, and Turners Syndrome, or Monosomy X.

In addition, your fetus’ genitals / reproductive organs will also begin to form into their final shape! So you will be able to determine the baby’s sex relatively soon on an ultrasound!

Do I need to do the nuchal Translucency Test?

The nuchal translucency scan is one of the first-trimester screening tests for genetic disorders.

Together with a few blood tests, this ultrasound can help determine if your fetus is at risk for a chromosomal abnormality.

The standard of care is for every patient to get this ultrasound done in early pregnancy.

What are the odds of miscarriage at 11 weeks?

According to recent studies, the risk of miscarriage between 11-13 weeks is approximately 1.2%.

Another study saw that the risk of miscarriage was 0.7% at 10 weeks. We can expect the risk to be similar or less at 11 weeks.

The good news is, the further along you get in pregnancy, the more the risk decreases.

How do I know my pregnancy is going well at 11 weeks?

The only way to know for certain if your pregnancy is going well is to have an ultrasound showing good growth and a strong heartbeat.

The good news is, you don’t have to, nor should you be getting frequent ultrasounds in early pregnancy.

It is likely that you have a healthy pregnancy if you are:

  • not having vaginal bleeding
  • not experiencing any abdominal pain
  • tolerating a healthy diet
  • not gaining an excessive amount of weight
  • not losing a concerning amount of weight
  • sleeping well throughout the night

How many months is 11 weeks?

11 weeks is almost 3 months pregnant- 1 more week and you are there!

There are only 2 more weeks until you are in the second trimester!

Is it common to get stretch marks at 11 weeks?

Stretch marks don’t usually start to appear until the mid-second trimester, though this varies from person to person.

Some women may notice stretch marks early in the pregnancy.


Now I want to hear from you!

Are you in the 11th week of pregnancy?

How did your week go?

Are you excited for the end of your first trimester?

Comment below and let me know, and check back next week for my pregnancy week 12 update!

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Brittany N Robles, MD, MPH, CPT

Brittany Robles is a full-time OBGYN, a NASM certified personal trainer, and health & fitness, expert. She holds a Masters of Public Health degree in maternal health with a special interest in exercise and nutrition. She is also the co-author of The White Coat Trainer. Learn more about her here.



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References:

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