Your developing baby is learning about his tastes in weeks 11 to 14
Since your developing baby’s food preferences start in the womb, it’s important to give your developing baby the taste of nutritious foods in life.
Foods, rich in calcium – essential for the development of your developing baby’s teeth and bones – include sesame seeds, almonds, mustard greens, dried shrimp, and fish like sardines that are eaten bones and all.1
How does your developing baby eat?
This means that aside from your diet’s influence on your developing baby’s food preferences, what you eat during your pregnancy has a direct impact on his growth and development. Take DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that helps his brain and eye development4. Stick with well-balanced food choices so your developing baby can get balanced nutrition too. After all, he’s relying on you for all his needs!
Even at this early age, your developing baby can develop hiccups, although you won’t feel them. His vocal cords will begin to develop around week 13.
What other developments is your developing baby going through?
By the end of this month, he’ll have tiny ears, eyes, eyelids, eyebrows and even hair. His fingernails, genitals, and teeth are all starting to grow and develop too. Your developing baby’s gender can now be discerned from your ultrasound, although you’ll usually be asked whether you want to know if you’re having a boy or a girl, or whether you prefer to find out later. You’ll also be able to see your developing baby and listen to the beat of his tiny heart via ultrasound.
1Calcified Tissue International March 1991, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 153-156, Calcium content of common food items in Chinese diet K. K. Pun, L. W. L. Chan, V. Chung, F. H. W. Wong
2American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. FAQ001 Nutrition during pregnancy. Downloaded from http://www.acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq001.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20151020T0906455547. Accessed on October 2015.
4nnis SM. Dietary (n-3) fatty acids and brain development. J Nutr 2007;137:855-859