Pregnancy Week to Week – Week 11

Taking a look at baby’s development and your changes as you near the end of your first trimester.

Week 11 brings some interesting facts about baby as you nearly reach the end of your first trimester. Learn more about what is happening and what you need to do.

Despite the fact that you still haven’t felt the baby kicking yet, he or she is growing at a rapid pace as well as developing in some amazing ways during Week 11.

What is happening with Your Baby?

Believe it or not, your baby’s breathing movements can be seen on ultrasound as early as Week 11 of pregnancy. These early respiratory movements are thought to help the growth of the muscles in the baby’s chest wall as well as regulate the volume of lung fluid.

The baby can begin to move his or her arms and legs at this stage of pregnancy and can even change its position within your uterus.

What is happening with You?

Some of the baby’s early movements in the uterus can feel like butterflies. They may be hard to distinguish from gas bubbles at first. True kicks and larger baby movements cannnot be felt for another 4-6 weeks yet.

As you near the end of your first trimester, you are likely beginning to feel at least some relief from morning sickness. Your fatigue may be lessening and you may start to feel like you have a bit more energy.

This is a great time to begin more preparations for birth. You have likely chosen your midwife or obstetrician. If not, be sure to use the Questions to Ask interview form.

You may think it is too early to register for childbirth classes. However classes fill quickly and the earlier you research classes, talk to the childbirth educator and register for the class, the better.

No two classes are alike, so be sure to speak with the instructor and use the information on Choosing the Best Childbirth Class before your sign up. You can call your local birth centers, hospitals or research online with organizations such as Lamaze International for more information. In general, a privately-taught class taught by a certified childbirth educator is preferred over those taught in medical settings.

To Do List:

1. Continue prenatal vitamins and a healthy diet.

2. Continue to see your provider and/or interview a new provider to help you in birth.

3. Research available childbirth classes.

5. Research prenatal testing if you are chooing to have any done in the next few weeks.

Are you looking into taking childbirth classes? What are you planning to take? Let us know

What happens in Week Twelve? Find out.