Help your growing baby develop in your eleventh week of pregnancy

Find out how you can fuel the growth of neurological connections taking place in your developing baby’s brain in week 11 of pregnancy

What’s happening this week?

The major formation stage for the growing baby is almost complete and your growing baby is officially considered a fetus at this point. His or her genitalia begin forming this week, and his or her liver is now creating red blood cells in order to deliver oxygen through the body.i

Your growing baby’s brain cells are multiplying rapidly and his or her neurons and synapses are developing fast. These early neural connections allow your growing baby to make his or her first movements, which may not be felt by you, but can be detected by ultrasound.ii

Your developing baby now weighs about 8 grams and is almost two inches (5 centimeters) long.iii

What can you expect? 

Hormonal changes in your body can induce a breakout of acne on your face. Try these tips to keep breakouts at bay:

  • Wash your face twice daily with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.iv
  • Avoid squeezing those bumps.
  • Monitor what you eat. Certain foods may trigger or worsen acne for some people.v

What can you do to support your pregnancy?

Keeping a close eye on your diet is important as the blood vessels in the placenta are expanding in size and number at this pregnancy stage.iv

As the placenta passes nutrients that you consume to your developing baby vii, continue to have a healthy diet filled with key nutrients such as DHA, choline, folate, and iron.viii,ix

By doing this, you are supporting your growing baby’s brain development including the growth of neurological connections.

You could also nurture your emotional bond with your little one by talking and singing to him or her, and encouraging your partner or a close family member to do the same.

 


 

 

References:
 
i    Fetal development: The 1st trimester. (2014, July 10). Retrieved April 19, 2017, from
ii   Baby’s Brain Begins Now: Conception to Age 3 (n.d.) Retrieved April 22, 2017, from
iii  Fetal development: The 1st trimester. (n.d.). Retrieved March 21, 2017, from      
iv  Women's Health Care Physicians. (2014, June). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from    
v   Acne. (2015, January 20). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from
vi   Week 11. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from http://kidshealth.org/en/paren      
      Report Of An Expert Consultation. Geneva: N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Apr. 2017. FAO Food And NutritionPaper.
vii  What is the placenta? (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from      
viii  Pregnancy diet: Focus on these essential nutrients. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2017, from      
ix   Georgieff MK. (2007) Nutrition and the developing brain: nutrient priorities and measurement. Am J Clin Nutr. 85(2):      
      614S-620S.