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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She is now 10 inches long.
Her digestive system is getting exercise as she swallows amniotic fluid.
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.
We could take her fingerprints
and rapid eye movements start occurring.
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.
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.