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What to expect at 11 weeks pregnant

Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling, a midwife for over 25 years, is the Director of Midwifery Studies at UTS. She believes research, innovation and good quality midwifery are pivotal to the well-being of mothers and young families. Christine has extensive experience in antenatal education, policy development and research, and has published on workforce issues, homebirth, vaginal birth...
Created on Oct 10, 2023 · 2 mins read
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Your baby


Baby is still just the size of a fig, they’re super active now and moving around all over the place. While you’re not likely to feel those first movements for a few weeks yet – they are big enough to pick up on an ultrasound. Your midwife or doctor should also be able to let you hear the baby’s heartbeat using a doppler machine. Vital organs are now starting to function and the body is starting to catch up to baby’s head in terms of size. Irises in the eyes are starting to form – and might even have some colour too, although the eyelids will still be fused together for some time yet.

How you’re feeling


While some women are blessed with good skin during pregnancy and boast that “pregnancy glow”, many can find the opposite actually true for them, and they can experience acne even if they’ve never suffered from it before. Breakouts are very common due to the rise in hormone levels and are most common in the first and second trimesters. Whilst this will usually sort itself out, try eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and doing regular exercise. Looking after your skin with gentle, pregnancy-friendly products should help to manage it, but if it doesn’t go away or you are concerned you should speak with your doctor.


Weekly tip


If you’re not feeling that “glow” why not book in for a facial and a little pampering to help give your skin an extra boost. Just make sure you let the beautician know you are pregnant so that they don’t use any products that will irritate the skin or that aren’t recommended during pregnancy.If you’re worried about your skin, eating a healthy diet with a particular focus on foods such as almonds, walnuts, salmon and avocados, spinach, and sweet potatoes can help.


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