With all the major organs in place, your baby is now set to gain weight and grow in size. Some women choose to spread the good news among their family and close friends by this time while others decide it is still too early for such joy. Whatever you do, make sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle and listen to your doctor, both for your baby’s sake and yours.
The growing skin forms a protective layer over your baby’s body; but, it is still quite transparent and will remain this way until the later part of the third trimester . The nasal passages are growing at the top of the tiny nose . The tongue and palate also continue their growth from the last week while the tooth buds begin to form .
The fingers and toes continue to grow out of their webbed appearance and are almost fully developed by now .
The ears are almost in their final position while your baby also has a broad forehead . The head is still disproportionately large, but the growing body will soon balance the difference in size .
This is also the week when the nail beds start forming while the hair follicles continue growing .
The fetus begins to inhale and exhale amniotic fluid (as if breathing underwater) as the lung development starts . The intestines gradually move into the baby’s stomach from the umbilical cord where it grows . The cord still carries necessary nutrition to your baby and assists the amniotic fluid to keep him safe . The lengthening neck allows your baby to move around within the amniotic sac. This is the week when testosterone production begins in a male fetus .
Your baby is around 1.6 inches (4 cm) long from crown to rump, about the size of a lime , weighing approximately 0.25 oz (7 gm).
The uterus is now large enough to fill your entire pelvis while you may even be able to feel it in the lower abdomen area, just above the pubic bone . Your hair may seem thicker and shinier while you may notice your nails growing at a faster pace than usual. These are some of the positive effects of the rising pregnancy hormone (progesterone) levels . The hormones also increase the number of facial oil glands, which may lead to oily skin.
You may already have started to show a little, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. Women tend to start showing a bit earlier in their second pregnancies due to the already relaxed abdominal muscles . However, it is generally too early for first time moms to start showing enough for others to notice that they are carrying . Expecting twins may make you start showing early .
The blood vessels are easily visible through the translucent skin  along with tiny ribs . An ultrasound image will show your baby kicking and moving those tiny hands and legs, but it is still too early for you to feel them .
You can also hear your baby’s fluttering heartbeat on a Doppler ultrasound device . The genital organs have almost completed their development, but it will take a few more weeks for your doctor to determine the gender through an ultrasound .
Many women find that the early pregnancy symptoms of morning sickness, fatigue, frequent urination and the heightened sense of smell begin to subside from this week . The acne outbreak you have been dealing with for the last few weeks may also begin to clear up gradually . However, there is nothing to worry about if you continue to experience unpleasant symptoms like nausea, tiredness, constipation, heartburn and indigestion along with other normal week 11 signs including:
Most of these symptoms get better once you enter your second trimester while your appetite also increases, making it easier for you to get all the nutrition you and your baby need .
Published on April 4th 2014 by Pregmed Editorial Team.
Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2014.