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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 11

How big is your baby?
By the end of this week your baby's crown to rump measurement will be 4.1cm (1.61inch) and should be weighing about 7 grams, which is 0.25 ounce. At the moment your baby is about the size of a large lime.
Your baby's development
During the next 3 weeks your baby will double in length.
Your babys external genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features now, however development into either male or female will only be complete in the next 3 weeks. You can view a video on genitalia formation in our pregnancy media section.
Babys eyes are still set wide apart at the moment, and this week the iris - the colored part of the eye - will begin to develop. Over the next 2-3 days the eyes lids will meet and fuse closed - this is temporary though.
Your babys head now makes up more than half of his/her length, and by now the brain inside that head will have the same structure as it will at birth. Your baby's reflexes are also beginning to develop and at this early stage if your baby's face is touched it will open his/her mouth.
Some other organs which have been developing and are almost complete already include: The pancreas, thyroid and gall bladder.
Your baby's intestines will also begin to move into the stomach from the umbilical cord over the course of this week.

Travel during pregnancy
Many woman want to know if it is safe for them to travel during their pregnancy, in most cases , in most cases if your pregnancy is uncomplicated and you are not at high risk then it is deemed to be acceptable.
Here are a few tips for travelling while pregnant:
  • Avoid high altitude flights. (Non-stop overseas or cross country flights) flights.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get up and move around at least 10 minutes every hour
  • Try and get an isle seat
  • When driving anywhere, wear your safety belt
Your body
Nourishing your baby usually requires that you gain weight — and in most cases, the recommended weight gain is 25 to 35 pounds (11.33 to 15.87 kg) over the course of the pregnancy.
If you were overweight or underweight before pregnancy, your health care provider may have different recommendations for weight gain.

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