Your Baby’s Development:
Your baby looks more like a person now and is about the size of a Brussels sprout. While you still will not know its gender, it is starting to develop ovaries or testes at this point. His or her head is the same size as the rest of the body and hair follicles are beginning to form on the crown of the head. Your baby’s hands and feet are developing more and more each day and by week 11 they are in the front of its body and have developed individual fingers and toes.
What You Should Expect:
If your morning sickness has not begun to wane, it will soon. In fact, you might start feeling especially hungry and thirstier at this stage in your pregnancy but be certain to enjoy your junk food in moderation and consume healthy, nutritious foods as often as possible to ensure your baby is receiving the proper nutrients it needs. Whether you have a noticeable baby bump or merely a stomach that looks like you’ve been indulging a bit more than normal, as you eat the digestion process slows down to allow for nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream for your baby. Because of this, you’ll begin to notice an increased amount of bloating and gas build up due to the increase in progesterone, which relaxes the muscle tissues in your body.
Related Content: The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping
In the past, the common practice was to pass Dad the surgical scissors and have him perform a quick snip just before the newborn babe was whisked away to be cleaned, measured and dosed with vitamin K. Any delay in cord cutting was viewed as unnecessary in promoting general health for the baby or mother. However, recent research suggests that a delay of even three minutes can have a significant positive impact on infants.