Before a woman even misses her menstrual period, if an egg has been fertilized, this is what occurs
in a normal pregnancy, you’ll ovulate, and if egg meets sperm, you’ll be on your way to pregnancy!
After fertilization and implantation, we outline your baby’s journey in the womb below
from the earliest stages of development when moms-to-be discover they are pregnant
up to and including what is considered to be full term at 4o weeks.
Did you know that in just 21 days following your last mistrial period,
your baby’s heart is beating quickly and the intestines are forming?
Your budding son or daughter’s earlobes, eyelids, mouth, and nose are also taking shape.
This tiny new cell, smaller than a grain of salt contains all the genetic information for every detail
of the newly-created life including the colour of the hair and eyes, the intricate fine lines of
the fingerprint, the physical appearance, gender, height, and skin tone.
Your tiny embryo is growing like crazy and you may be noticing pregnancy discomforts like
sore breasts and fatigue. Your baby’s heart is the size of a poppy seed and is the
very first organ to function. The first signs of brain development are evident, and the
foundation for every organ system is already established and beginning to develop.
Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at
about 2 1/2 ounces. His or her legs are growing longer than their arms now, and baby can move all
of his or her joints and limbs. Although your baby’s eyelids are still fused shut, your little one
can sense light. If you shine a flashlight on your tummy, for instance, your baby’s likely to move
away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, however,
your baby’s is taste buds are forming.
By the 18th week, the fetal movement known as “quickening” can usually be felt by the mother.
Hungry? An increase in appetite is normal now.
By now, your baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space
in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby.
He or she will gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as your baby fattens up
for survival outside the womb. Your baby now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair or at least
respectable peach fuzz. Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for
birth. Meanwhile, your expanding uterus may cause heartburn and shortness of breath.
wee one is rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look, and his or her skeleton is hardening. The bones in
your baby’s skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus
making it easier for your baby to fit through the birth canal. The pressure on the head during birth
is so intense that many babies are born with a cone-head–like appearance. These bones don’t entirely
fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his or her brain and other tissue expands during
infancy and childhood. With your baby now weighing a little over 4 pounds,
as well. Your baby’s head is covered in hair and their fingernails have reached the tip of his or her
fingers. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born
between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need
a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run,
they usually do as well as full-term babies. At this stage, dizziness and fatigue may be slowing you down.
Your baby is full term this week and waiting to greet the world!
your baby continues to build a layer of fat to help control his or her body temperature after birth,
but it’s likely to already measure about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds.
The outer layers of your baby’s skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
If your water breaks, call your healthcare provider.
be patient as only 4% of babies are born on their actual due dates.
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