Second Trimester

Week 13:
What a wonderful stage!
Bones are beginning to harden in the baby’s head, arms and legs, If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, your baby is almost 3 inches long and weighs nearly an ounce.
Week 14:
The baby is 3 1/2 inches long
and she weighs 1 1/2 ounces, her skin is almost transparent, her mouth makes sucking motions, amniotic fluid is swallowed, the liver and pancreas are starting to work, your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, her facial muscles are getting a workout as her tiny features form one expression after another, your baby's stretching out, your baby's liver starts making bile this week, and her spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells.
Week 15:
Taste buds, baby hair pattern
on her head is forming. Researchers argue whether her widow’s peak is the result of her genetic code or her own self-directed growth in the womb.
Week 16:
Genital organs are clearly
differentiated, baby grasps with her hands, kicks, and turns, cries, swallowing and chest movements are clearly present. head and body become proportional, neck takes shape, weight is about five ounces, the length is about 4 to 5 inches.
Week 17:
Now she starts dreaming,
fat begins to form to keep her warm and cozy after birth, the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker, your baby weighs 5 ounces now, and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom, her sweat glands are starting to develop.
Week 18:
The baby is 5 1/2 inches long
and she weighs almost 7 ounces, she may hear her first sound with her developing ears, mama’s heartbeat comforts her, the fingernails are well formed, a protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born, if you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place, if you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
Week 19:
A waxy substance called vernix
begins to cover the baby’s skin to protect it from the amniotic fluid, her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch, your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom.
Week 20 (5 months):
The baby can feel pain.
She experiences REM sleep, mother might begin to feel her tiny movements for the first time, the skin becomes less transparent, eyebrows and lashes appear, breathing-like movements become regular and are detected by ultrasound, the unborn child turns its entire body side to side and front to back, the length is about 6 to 7 inches.
Week 21:
She is now 10 inches long.
Her digestive system is getting exercise as she swallows amniotic fluid.
Week 22:
Hair becomes visible.
The baby’s eyebrows might even be visible and her body is covered in small, fine hairs called lanugo to help hold the protective vernix to her skin, the vocal cords are active, reflexes are present, weight is about one pound, the length is about 7 to 8 inches.
Week 23:
We could take her fingerprints
and rapid eye movements start occurring.
Week 24:
She is 8 to 9 inches long
and has been regularly sleeping and waking. Her mother might be able to guess which she is doing based on her movement, unique footprints and fingerprints are present, squinting, smiling, and frowning, the weight is about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds.
Week 25:
Her mother’s voice or other
familiar sounds are recognized by the baby, who responds to them.
Week 26 (6 months):
Open eyes, react to noise
(increase in pulse and activity), respond to light, 9” tall, 2lbs, lungs are getting stronger, her teeth buds are apparent in her gums, the central nervous system is developed enough to control some body functions.

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Life Quotes

It was Mother Teresa who first brought attention to this fact. A doctor may declare a child to be severely handicapped and deformed. A father may attempt to throw off his fatherhood and refuse a child. A mother may not want to be pregnant. But there is never a situation where a child is truly unwanted.

"Each new life... No matter how fragile or brief... Forever changes the world."
~ Author unknown

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.
~ Psalm 127:3

4 months old
4 month baby Now she grasps with her hands, kicks, and turns, cries, her head and body become proportional and her neck takes shape.

5 months old
5 month baby She experiences REM sleep and dreams, mother might begin to feel her tiny movements for the first time and baby’s eyebrows might even be visible.

6 months old
6 month baby Her mother’s voice or other familiar sounds are recognized she open her eyes and reacts to noise and responds to light.

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