WEEK 11: Responding to your adrenaline
Not only is your baby’s heart beating, it even accelerates in response to any stress you feel. See how you can keep calm and learn about the benefits of hydration.

11 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

At a glance

Your baby’s heart beats at it's own pace which is faster than yours, this is perfectly normal

Avoid lifting heavy objects


Consult your GP if you have any aches or pains

Drink plenty of water but limit caffeine

Excitingly, baby’s heart has started to beat at its own pace – between 110 and 160bpm (beats per minute), which is much faster than yours.

Baby's development at 11 weeks

Right about now, your baby’s taste buds and organs are starting to form. And the body has developed enough for it to be measured in two ways: from the top of the head to the coccyx, and from the top of the head to the heels. Your little one has eyelids now too.

Things are progressing in the chest cavity, with the diaphragm now separating the heart and lungs from the digestive tract. Excitingly, baby’s heart has started to beat at its own pace – between 110 and 160bpm (beats per minute), which is much faster than yours. This may accelerate even more as a result of your adrenaline during stressful situations. So try and avoid stress. We know that’s easier said than done, but worth a try!

Woman looking at 11 weeks ultrasound and talking on the phone

Your body

Most people probably still can’t tell that you have a baby growing inside your belly. But there’s already much more in there than you might imagine. Lots of organs have already developed, and many more are still on the way. You may be more tired than you would have thought, but that’s totally normal. You are creating a little person inside your body after all.

Your joints may also loosen and relax during pregnancy to help your body accommodate and deliver your growing baby. So it’s best to avoid doing anything that puts strain on your joints, such as lifting heavy objects. And if you have any aches and pains, speak to your GP or midwife.


The word of the week is water. Amniotic fluid is made up of water – and so is 80% of your baby! So you need to drink lots to maintain your little one’s liquid mass. Not to mention, you need it too, especially if you’ve been feeling constipated. Drinking enough water will help your kidneys dispose of all your baby’s waste products, in addition to your own. So how much is enough? Approximately 1.5 litres a day, and more if you’ve been sick or it's hot.

Also, remember to reduce your caffeine intake to about 200mg per day. As a rough guide, that’s about two cups of instant coffee, or one mug of filter coffee and a dark chocolate bar, or three big mugs of tea a day.

Pregnancy tips

“AARGH! I had a wine before I knew I was pregnant.” Don’t worry; while it’s best not to drink alcohol while you’re pregnant, having one or two probably hasn’t affected the baby. Plus, don’t forget that you can still enjoy non-alcoholic cocktails or delicious (and nutritious) fruit smoothies. However, there are some beverages you should avoid during your pregnancy.

For more information about alcohol and pregnancy, click here.

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.


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