Updated 08 October 2018

Week 11: 29 weeks to go!

Congratulations! Your baby is now a foetus!


Your baby finally qualifies as a foetus. The foetal period lasts until birth and is a time when the organs, muscles and systems begin to function.

Your baby's progress:

  • Your baby weighs about seven grams.
  • The baby’s head is about twice its length.
  • Irises start to develop.
  • Fingernails start to form.
  • Hair starts to grow.
  • In girls the clitoris and labia are complete.
  • Liver, intestines, brain and lungs start to function independently.
  • Placental function becomes established.

Your progress: 

  • Your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit.
  • You may be having headaches. If it's not caused by hypertension, it can be relieved with mild analgesics.
  • Your appetite may have increased as the nausea decreases.

What to do: 

  • Visit your doctor for a check-up. He doctor may perform an NT (nuchal fold thickness) scan and blood tests to detect Down’s syndrome and other abnormalities.

Good to know: 

  • Avoid gassy cold drinks, especially artificially sweetened ones. Soft drinks that contain gas can make you feel nauseous and bloated, while artificial sweeteners may be harmful for your baby.

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