Your body at week 11

You are now eleven weeks pregnant (or in your twelfth week if that’s how you choose to count it).

How your baby is growing

Your baby is now fully-formed, from tooth buds to toenails and is about the size of a fig (anjeer). His toes and fingers have separated and some of his bones are starting to harden. Over the next six months your baby’s primary task will be to become larger and stronger to face the outside world. Click here to read more about your baby this week.

How your life is changing

Pregnancy brings with itself a number of new sensations, some less welcome than others. About a third of the first time mothers experience stress incontinence. You might notice that you’re leaking wee when you laugh or sneeze. This leaking is common and nothing to worry about.

Soon after you become pregnant, hormones cause your pelvic floor muscles and tissues to stretch. Increasing progesterone levels loosen some of the muscles in your body. between the week 10 to 14, a peak in hormone Relaxin also loosens your ligaments. Normally, the pelvic floor muscles are able to control the flow of urine by closing off the bottom of the bladder. These become slightly weak during this time and aren’t able to close fully, causing the mild incontinence.

Doing pelvic floor exercises during this time helps strengthen the muscles that control your bladder. You might want to consider giving your running shoes a rest for a few weeks and focus on the pelvic floor exercises.

You doctor will soon advice you to stop taking folic acid supplements as your baby’s neural network will be fully developed by the end of this week.

Ante Natal Tests

Sometime in the next couple of weeks you’ll be offered a dating scan. The test is primarily conducted to find out how many weeks pregnant you are and to estimate the due date. One of the most exciting parts of the scan is hearing your baby’s rapid heartbeat. When your doctor does find the heartbeat she may write-in your records FHH which stands for Fetal Heart Heard.