Week 11 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Week 11

How big is your baby?

By the end of this week your baby’s crown to rump measurement will be 4.1cm (1.61inch) and should be weighing about 7 grams, which is 0.25 ounce. At the moment your baby is about the size of a large lime.

Your baby’s development

During the next 3 weeks your baby will double in length. Your baby’s external genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features now, however development into either male or female will only be complete in the next 3 weeks. You can view a video on genitalia formation in our pregnancy media section. Baby’s eyes are still set wide apart at the moment, and this week the iris – the colored part of the eye – will begin to develop. Over the next 2-3 days the eyes lids will meet and fuse closed – this is temporary though.

Your baby’s head now makes up more than half of his/her length, and by now the brain inside that head will have the same structure as it will at birth. Your baby’s reflexes are also beginning to develop and at this early stage if your baby’s face is touched it will open his/her mouth. Some other organs which have been developing and are almost complete already include: The pancreas, thyroid and gall bladder. Your baby’s intestines will also begin to move into the stomach from the umbilical cord over the course of this week.

Your development

Some women may notice a change in hair, fingernails and toe nails during their pregnancy. Some for the best and unfortunately, some for the worst. Some woman even loose hair during pregnancy. No mater what ever you may experience, it is not a permanent change, and things will return to normal shortly after the birth.

Your nutrition

Carbohydrates provide the primary source of energy for your developing baby and it also ensures that your body uses protein efficiently. Good sources of carbohydrates are:

  •  Tortillas
  •  Pasta, cereal and rice
  •  Bagels
  •  Bread or a roll.

Travel during pregnancy or a roll.

Many woman want to know if it is safe for them to travel during  their pregnancy, in most cases if your pregnancy is uncomplicated and you are not at high risk then it is deemed to be acceptable. The biggest risk of travelling during pregnancy is if complications arise while being away from those who know your medical history.

Here are a few tips for travelling while pregnant:

Avoid high altitude flights. (Non-stop overseas or cross country flights) (Non-stop overseas or cross country flights)

  • Wear loose fitting clothes, and avoid wearing pantyhose
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get up and move around at least 10 minutes every hour
  • Try and get an isle seat
  • When driving anywhere, wear your safety belt

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