Your baby can now swallow and stick out their tongue! Their taste buds are starting to develop and they may soon be able to taste different flavours from the amniotic fluid. Twenty little tooth buds are now forming – the beginning of your baby’s complete set of milk teeth.
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Your baby’s development
Your baby now measures 4cm long. However, their growth is set to accelerate and they will double in length within the coming week.
Your baby’s brain, lungs, liver and kidneys have all formed. These organs are functioning but will keep developing and maturing in preparation for birth.
Other functions are up and running, enabling your baby to suck, swallow and yawn. They can breathe amniotic fluid and have begun to urinate.
Now that their fingers have separated, they will soon be able to open and close their fists and grasp their own toes and the umbilical cord. Your baby is enjoying kicking and stretching, and their movements are becoming less jerky and more fluid.
During week 11, your baby is preparing for a growth spurt. A healthy diet supplemented with prenatal vitamins supports this growth and lays the foundations for a healthy future.
As well as supporting your own health, your diet is the main source of nutrition for your growing baby. Multivitamin supplements make up for any shortfall of nutrients in your diet. If you’re taking a prenatal multivitamin, ask your healthcare professional to check that it contains the right balance for your needs.
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Please note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.