Each Tuesday begins a new week in my pregnancy, and today happens to start week 11. There are all sorts of services you can sign up for when you're pregnant that send you daily and/or weekly email updates about what you can expect along the way. They range anywhere from talk about sore breasts, to constipation, to maternity wear, to "DON'T EAT THAT, IT WILL KILL THE BABY!" Things can get really intense in these "supportive" emails. My favorite of the emails I receive in this slew of correspondence from the pregnancy folks, is the weekly update I get in regards to the baby's development. I read them and am amazed at what is taking place in my body. This week, I have a fig in my uterus. Well, not an actual fig, but a person the size of a fig. Wow! Here is the update from this week. Pretty cool stuff if I say so myself.
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.
She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
And they even provide a picture of what your baby looks like this week, which makes it seem all the more real. Just take a look at my little fig.