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11-week pregnant: baby development and diet tips

If you could look inside, you’d see thin little hairs developing on your baby’s eyebrows and above her lip. Read more about this week.

2 mins
to read May 11, 2021

BABY DEVELOPMENT
From crown to coccyx, your baby is now an impressive 6 cm. long, around the size of a decent sized tomato. And it’s another busy week inside you. Nerve cells continue to multiply even if, for now, there’s no connection between them in the brain yet. However, in her spinal cord, neural circuits are starting to be put in place in and around her muscles. That means your baby will soon have reflex movements inside you.

YOUR BODY
The waistband on your trousers is beginning to dig in and your regular bra size is getting a bit too snug. On average, a mother-to-be weighs about 0.5 to 2.0 kg more towards the end of the first trimester. Interestingly, the baby takes up the smallest proportion of the weight increase. At around 10 grams, she is still a real lightweight. Most of the weight will be thanks to your expanded uterus, placenta and the amniotic fluid.

NUTRITION
To avoid tapping into your own bone mass, it is essential for you to eat foods that ensure you and your baby are getting adequate calcium. There is calcium in milk and dairy products, but also in some calcium-rich waters. It is also found in most green, leafy vegetables and in sesame seeds. Think 4 servings of dairy per day and water rich in calcium to cover your needs. Your doctor may find it useful to complement your food intake with calcium in the form of dietary supplement, just to be sure you are getting enough every day.

TIPS
You might be hoping your baby inherits your eye colour or hair type, but what about your allergies? If you have eczema, “hayfever”, or asthma, there are ways you might reduce the chances of your baby suffering too.