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11 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

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author image Laura Candelaria
Laura Candelaria is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing and nutritional science. Her experience includes neonatal and pediatric intensive-care, women's oncology, gynecology, obstetrics, lactation, nutrition and infertility. She has been published in "Nursing Spectrum," "Newsday" and on various websites.
11 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
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Overview

At 11 weeks pregnant, you are almost at the end of the first trimester. Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed, states the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms you may experience at this point during your pregnancy may differ from another woman's symptoms. Your symptoms may also differ from a subsequent pregnancy. Any changes in pregnancy signs and symptoms should be discussed with your obstetrician.

Breast Swelling and Tenderness

During your 11th week of pregnancy you may experience breast swelling and tenderness. This may be similar to, or worse than the breast discomfort that you may experience prior to your menstrual period. The appearance of your breasts may also change. The areola may seem larger and darker in color and blue veins may be apparent on breast tissue. Wearing a supportive bra is essential at this time and will help minimize discomfort.

Nausea and Vomiting

You may find yourself still suffering from nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) at 11 weeks pregnant. This occurs due to the increase of estrogen in your body, which slows the gastrointestinal system. You may also be more sensitive to odors at this time, which may precipitate nausea. If you are experiencing severe vomiting and are not able to keep foods and liquids down, you may become dehydrated and should contact your health care provider. Most women will begin to experience relief from morning sickness once they enter the second trimester, although rarely it continues throughout the pregnancy.

Fatigue

Increased fatigue is common during your first trimester. You may just feel much more tired than usual. Your body is going through a lot of changes and is expending a lot of energy towards the developing fetus. You may want to take a midday nap and get some additional rest. Walking or light exercise may also help combat fatigue. Make sure you're getting enough iron and protein, recommends the Mayo Clinic. This will help keep your strength up throughout your pregnancy. At 11 weeks you may already be feeling a bit more energetic, and should continue to feel more energy as you head into the next trimester.

Constipation

You may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion), states Baby Center. Eating a high fiber diet with increased fruits and vegetables, and drinking ample fluids may help combat constipation.

Heartburn

Heartburn is caused by hormones relaxing the valve which separates your esophagus and stomach. This may occur at 11 weeks into your pregnancy. Eating a bland diet and remaining upright after eating may help prevent heartburn. If heartburn occurs, Tums are considered safe for use during pregnancy.

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