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11 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 11 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a Brussel sprout (length: 2.0”; weight: 7grams.).

Meet the beat. Your little one's heart has been beating furiously for weeks, but it's only just become loud enough to hear. A fetus's heart beats twice as fast as yours, anywhere between 120 to 160 beats per minute. The heart has become a proper four-chambered structure over the past month, although some of the dividing walls won't be complete until after birth.

Skin is in. A fine layer of skin has been forming over your baby’s body during the past few weeks.

Measuring up. Your little one has grown quite a bit since last week: crown-to-rump length is now two inches. The fetus's head alone is nearly half the length of the body, which shows you how rapidly your little genius is growing.

Your pregnancy at 11 weeks

Must have it. Some experts think that cravings are your body's way of telling you what it needs. Others disagree. While no one really knows why cravings occur during pregnancy, there's no question that nearly every expectant woman has a yearning for particular foods.

"C" baby grow. While you're pregnant, you need 80 to 100 milligrams of vitamin C every day. Vitamin C helps your baby build new cells and develop healthy bones and teeth. Adding oranges, papaya, strawberries and broccoli to your diet can easily increase your Vitamin C.

The Rh test. During your pregnancy, you will be tested for an antibody called the Rhesus factor. If you are negative, but baby’s father is Rh-positive, your child may be Rh-positive. This could have serious health consequences for your little one, as your body may make antibodies against his or her Rh-positive blood. But don’t worry! It is preventable by a Rhesus injection that is given during your pregnancy. You will also receive a shot after birth to protect future pregnancies.

Did you know? Your little one’s hands and feet now have individual fingers and toes, and the fingernail and toenail beds begin to develop.

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