Your baby is just over 2 inches long now and weights about a third of an ounce. His or her body is straightening out and the torso is lengthening. Hair follicles are forming, and fingernail and toenail beds are beginning to develop (nails will actually start to grow within the next few weeks). Those nails are forming on individual fingers and toes, having separated recently from the webbed hands and feet of just a few weeks ago. And though you can’t tell baby’s geneder by looking yet (even with an ultrasound), ovaries are developing if it’s a girl. What you would be able to see is that your fetust has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in front of the body, ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of the nose, a tongue, and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples.
Week 11 is here. And if we weren’t sure how real this really is, our first trip to the obstetrician is this Friday. We chose the university’s faculty practice as our medical team. Here’s hoping that our baby is healthy and progressing well! Another update will be forthcoming.