11th week now, Mama! You’ve got a long journey ahead of you, but you’re going to love every bit of it. The little one inside you is growing at an incredible speed, and within the blink of an eye, you’ll be on your way to the delivery room! By the 11th week, your baby is already the size of a fig.
In the 11th week, your baby is about 1.5 inches long and weighs approximately 7 grams. There are some visible changes physically.
- The baby’s ears have moved closer in his head, nearing their final destination
- Your baby’s head accounts for half of his body length now
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- Say bye-bye to the webbed limbs, as your baby has now started developing fingers and toes!
- Fingernail and toenail beds have started developing. Very soon, nails will also start developing
- Facial features have begun developing
- For female babies, the ovaries have started developing as well
- Your baby now has clear nasal passages, nipples, and a tongue
- Your baby has developed a palate now
- Tooth buds continue forming in your baby’s mouth
- Hair follicles have started forming all over the body
- At this stage, the baby’s position starts to change; the body starts straightening and the torso elongates
- Your little one can now roll, stretch and somersault inside you. It won’t be long before you can start to feel your baby wiggling inside you!
What to expect in the ultrasound
The 11th-week ultrasound is probably one of the most crucial scans throughout your pregnancy, so it is thoroughly advised to not miss this one. It gives you a glimpse of your baby for the first time, along with some other very important information.
- This will be your first trans-abdominal scan
- This week’s scan rules out any abnormalities that can be seen in the fetus
- The baby looks more human with well-formed hands and legs
- The body, however, is still disproportionate
- Your baby now has a well-formed head and bones
- You can catch a glimpse of your baby in action for the first time, kicking and bouncing in the amniotic sac
- Your baby’s developing genitals are partially visible in the scan
- The baby’s gender cannot be deciphered yet
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Things to do
As you progress further into the pregnancy, it becomes more important than ever to nurture your baby, and the only way to do that is by taking care of yourself.
- Prenatal yoga will help you reduce your stress and anxiety. It also reduces the chances of premature birth and postpartum depression.
- It is more important than ever to stay hygienic. Make sure you stay clean and wash your hands multiple times.
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- Falling sick at this stage puts your baby at a higher risk of developing a weaker immunity.
- Eat lots of nuts. Gorge on this healthy snack, but moderate the consumption according to your weight gain.
- Indulge in Vitamin C; it gives strength to your baby
- Do not worry about your fluctuating sex drive.
You’ve made it through a quarter of your journey. Take care of yourself, and the next six months will pass in the blink of an eye!
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