You are now eleven weeks pregnant (or in your twelfth week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

Your baby is now fully formed, from toothbuds to toenails and measures about the length of your thumb. Her fingers and toes have separated and some of her bones are beginning to harden. Over the next six months your baby’s main task will be to grow larger and stronger, fit for survival outside the womb. Read more information on your baby’s development this week

Prenatal care

It’s worth reading up on your choices before your first prenatal appointment, generally around now. This is when your midwife or doctor makes arrangements for your care until after the birth. If you have an existing medical condition or have had a complicated pregnancy before, you might have special considerations or needs.

You might want to consider a home birth. Midwives will generally attend a home birth, but it is important to check what the standards are in your province. Another alternative, which some women see as a halfway house between home and hospital, is to give birth at a birth centre.

One of the most exciting parts of prenatal visits is hearing your baby’s rapid heartbeat magnified by the Doppler or fetoscope many midwives and doctors use. The moment can be very dramatic and moving as the room fills with a sound like a galloping horse. Don’t be alarmed if your doctor or midwife cannot find a heartbeat at this stage (some won’t even try to find it this early as they don’t want to cause you unnecessary worry) – it should be easier to find at your next appointment.

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