11 Weeks Pregnant
At week 11, you may have another prenatal checkup. At this visit, you should get to hear your baby's heartbeat for the first time! Your doctor will likely check the following at your second prenatal checkup:
- Blood pressure
- Your uterus.
By the time you are 11 weeks pregnant, you will probably have gained 4 to 5 pounds. However, some women gain 10 to 13 pounds in the first trimester because they let go of the fear of weight gain. Unfortunately, eating whatever you want during pregnancy does have its consequences. Those extra pounds result in fat, which will be hard to get rid of after the baby is born. Too much extra weight will also affect your health. Excess weight places extra stress on the blood vessels and organs from the extra fluid volume, and it also increases your risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Your doctor will record your blood pressure at every checkup in order to ensure that there are no sudden changes that indicate a possible problem. High blood pressure during pregnancy can be a very serious problem.
(Click Preeclampsia for more information.)
Every month, your doctor will have your urine tested for:
- Signs of infection
- Protein, which can be a sign of high blood pressure
- Sugar, which can be a sign of gestational diabetes.
Your healthcare provider can measure the size of the growing uterus by pushing down on your abdomen and feeling the upper edge. The location of the top of the uterus will tell him or her if the size of the fetus matches the expected date of delivery.
Your Baby's Heartbeat
With a handheld Doppler, your healthcare provider should be able to pick up the heartbeat of your baby. Your doctor will probably use the Doppler to listen to the heartbeat at every visit after you are 10 weeks pregnant. Your baby's heartbeat will be very fast -- it is usually twice the average rate of an adult, varying between 110 and 170 bpm (beats per minute).