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11 weeks pregnant

Critical part of the development of your baby

After the tenth week, the most critical part of the development of your baby is over as you’re going towards the end of the first trimester. Starting this week, it will be all about rapid growth and maturation of the organs in preparation for delivery.

What’s Going on with the Baby

Feet are beginning to form

All of your baby’s organ systems are now fully functional. Those dear little baby feet are formed and is about as big as your fingernail. Your baby’s growth will be so fast since he’ll start this week at about 21-25 millimeters and double that length by the end of the week at 44-51 millimeters. He or she will also weigh about 7 grams. The eyelids are now fused, and the iris will start to develop. The baby will also be growing fingernails this week.

What’s Going on with Mommy

How much weight gain in the first trimester?

The uterus will be about the size of a grapefruit this week. Doctors usually recommend that you gain about 6 pounds during the first trimester. This is not a hard and fast rule though since some mothers actually lose weight during this time since they are sick all the time.

Getting your appetite back

By now you should be getting your appetite back since you’ve probably seen the worst of your morning sickness. Always remember that good nutrition is important not just for you, but for your baby as well. Don’t skip the fruits and vegetables, and load up on protein. Take your pre-natal vitamins religiously, and let your body rest.

Now for Daddy

Be involved in the pregnancy. Never let Mommy feel that she is going through this alone. Buy the food she craves, join her for every doctor’s appointment, and stay with her when she’s feeling sick. Always ask what she needs and how she feels, and what you can do to help.

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