Day by day you are moving towards the end of the first trimester. You should start telling people the good news. Let others be happy for you and your partner. Sharing this piece of information will give you some sort of satisfaction, so you should go for it.
11th-week ultrasound and fetus development
As for your baby, he or she is about 35 mm in length and weighs about 0,18 ounce (5 g). This time the baby looks like a plum 😀 . But this small plum already has completely separated fingers and toes. If you haven’t read my previous posts, I said before that the fingers and toes were joined by a web of skin. Well, now the webs are gone.
Believe it or not, your baby already has taste buds. They are not fully developed yet, but it’s getting there. Also, your baby has tooth buds, which is basically the beginning of the complete set of 20 milk teeth. His or her mouth is almost completely developed now since the jaws, lips, and tongue are in place. The baby can even swallow and stick his/her tongue out 😛 . Speaking of the tongue, did you know that the baby’s entire body is now sensitive to touch, except for the tongue? That’s interesting!
Up until now, your baby did not have bones, only cartilage. If you think about it, it kind of makes sense. The baby was/is too small for bones. But this week the process of calcifying begins. Step by step, your baby will soon have bones. An interesting fact is that, in the womb, a baby can have as much as up to 350 bone parts, but in the process of calcifying the bones join together. There is a lot of joining if you think that a fully developed skeleton must have 206 bones.
I know that you are excited to find out the sex of the baby. You want to start to decorate the nursery or begin buying tiny baby clothes, and you don’t want to settle for unisex stuff. The good news is that this week the baby’s genitals start to form, but even if you have an 11-week ultrasound, it is still too early to tell if you are going to have a baby boy or a baby girl. You must be a little bit more patient. We will discuss this at the right time. Although you don’t know this yet, if the baby is a boy, his testicles start to produce testosterone.
Do you remember how I told you that the baby’s head is really big for his body? Well, by now the body will have become more proportionate, but the head still represents about one-third of his/her overall length. That is because the brain is producing nerve cells at a huge rate, about 250.000 nerve cells per minute.
Funny fact: due to the fact that the baby’s diaphragm starts to form, he or she can experience hiccups. I don’t know if you can feel it or not, although it’s not likely. Too small for now. What I do know is that you will be able to feel it for certain when the baby is a little bigger.
Symptoms at the 11th week
As for you mommy, you may now have a tiny baby bump. This is not necessary since all women are different. It depends on how your body chooses to behave. Some women can see a bump, but there are women who still look the same. I repeat, depends on your body type.
By now you may have scheduled an 11 week ultrasound, talked to a midwife or read about what antenatal tests you must have. If not, you must. A family health history would be very helpful to your doctor, so ask around. Ask your partner to do the same. It is imperative to know if there are genetic disorders that run in the family.
Another issue that may concern you at this point is skin care. The famous line “you are glowing!” is not as flattering when your skin shines because it is very oily. Some women go through this, and on the contrary, some women have very dry skin. Either way, you must look for some skin care products to help you overcome this. AND, let’s not forget the dreadful stretch marks. Every pregnant woman complains about them. It’s not an exact science when it comes to this. You are either predisposed to have stretch marks or not. Simple as that. Amazing results are reported by women who use coconot butter or coconut oil. The main idea is to properly hydrate the skin to preserve its elasticity. Once the baby is born, because of the flexibility, the skin will become as it was before the pregnancy. So hydrate.
There is nothing else to tell, except rest, stay as active as possible, eat right and enjoy the rest of the pregnancy. You won’t have much time to relax afterward. Not for a while anyway as you must be prepared for week 12.