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Week 11: The size of a plum

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Topic Week 11: The size of a plum

Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:25 pm

Fetal development in pregnancy week 11:



fetus in third month
Maybe you’ve noticed… your baby is a super-duper grower! Your lil'
fetus will be gaining a substantial amount of weight this week and has
already achieved fruit-size-status comparable to a plum. What's more,
your little scientist is already starting to explore their body,
focusing most intently on touching their head, and especially their
face and mouth. Their mouth in particular will provide them with hours
of entertainment. This happens not only because your baby is gaining
coordination, and is therefore able to move a hand on command, but also
because their palms have gained sensation and can actually “feel” what
it touches.They're also developing their swallow reflex this week. And
lastly, your baby's smelling and other olfactory senses will begin
developing this week, which when combined with the maturing taste buds,
will provide your baby with their first experiences of taste and smell.

And how's mom doing?

If you’re still enduring the joys
of morning sickness, it should finally be subsiding to the point of
non-existence by the end of this week. The growing placenta combined
with your little one’s developing pituitary gland have given you a
break on hormone production, so now your can focus on Think
about it, if it’s not good for you, then it won’t do any good for your
developing baby. If you’re finding that you’re still hungry after
dinner, don’t simply default to having extra ice cream for dessert
the fact you’re about to enter the second trimester of pregnancy, which
can be most aptly characterized by lots of growth for both you and your
little uterus-tenant.At this point you should be making a
conscious effort to gradually increase your consumption of healthy,
vitamin-rich food, but remember: THIS DOES NOT MEAN LIFE IS NOW AN OPEN
BUFFET
. Think about it, if it’s not good for you, then it won’t do any
good for your developing baby. If you’re finding that you’re still
hungry after dinner, don’t simply default to having extra ice cream for
dessert. Have a second helping of vegetables and fish, or whole grain
bread with jam. Good nutrition is absolutely vital for your baby's
brain and body development.
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