Fetal Development: Week 11

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Week 11 of your Pregnancy

Your little fetus now measures about 1½ inches or 3.5 cm (about the size of a small plum).

Your baby is kicking and stretching within the amniotic sac (doing water ballet!), although you will not be able to feel any movement yet.

Pregnancy week 11The fingers and toes are now fully separated and your baby is starting to practice swallowing.

Your baby’s external genitalia have almost completely formed and you will soon (16+ weeks) be able to know whether you are going to have a boy or a girl.

What to Expect

Your body is having a surge of hormones resulting in both good and not so good effects:

  • Hair loss or your hair may become curlier or more abundant.
  • Some women have that pregnancy glow while others develop acne!
  • Your finger nails may grow more quickly.
  • Your gums are more likely to bleed easily and be swollen and tender.

Prenatal cell-free DNA screening is a new blood screening method that your health provider might recommend to screen for fetal sex, fetal rhesus (Rh) blood type and certain chromosomal disorders and is usually done after 10 weeks.

Tips for Week 11

If you haven’t visited your dentist or dental hygienist recently, this is a good time to schedule a cleaning.

Keeping track of your weight gain is important.

Eating for 2 is definitely a myth as you only need an additional 100 calories per day during the first trimester.

If you are overweight or underweight, your doctor will set different weight gain goals for you.

Whether you are going by car, bus, plane or train, it is generally safe to travel while you are pregnant, as long as there are no identified complications or concerns with your pregnancy. Traveling by plane is usually allowed until your 8th month of pregnancy.

Always check, before using any over-the-counter drugs, for safety during pregnancy.

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