Your babys progress - Week 11
Ok, heave a sigh of relief. You’ve made it to week 11 and baby is now less at risk of developing any congenital abnormalities or being affected by any drugs or infections. At this stage, baby can yawn, suck and swallow (though not as well as he will do once she’s actually born and has evacuated that comfy little womb home she’s made).
Beneath those fused eyelids, baby’s eyes are developing irises which will later protect his precious vision from too much light. Baby could be spending his days sucking, wrinkling his forehead and turning his head as he moves around his your uterus – but you won’t feel it yet. He’s probably between 4.5 and 7cm big and by the end of this week can actually have doubled in size.
Downy hair starts to grow on the baby’s skin. Some babies will lose the body hair before they are born, while others may enter the world with patches of hair still on their shoulders and other parts of their body. Fingernails are also starting to sprout.
Baby is now approximately the size of a plum, and his head will still be taking up the greatest proportion of his body. He possibly has a newly acquired swallow reflex, and the beginnings of a sense of smell, which when combined with their maturing taste buds, will provide your baby with their first experiences of taste and smell inside you.
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress.
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