The baby has reached the end of
the second trimester. Every major body system is present and has been functioning, and only 13 more
weeks of exercise in the womb are needed to make her ready for the wide world.
Eyelids have reopened,
brain-wave patterns resemble those of a full term baby, the weight is about 2 to 2 1/4 pounds, the
length is about 10 to 13 inches.
The baby’s bones have finished
forming, though they are soft in preparation for continued growth.
The baby’s eyes are wide open
now and she has a full head of hair, the weight is about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, the length is about 15 to 16 inches.
The baby’s brain has developed
enough to control breathing and her own body temperature independent of mother.
The baby’s first haircut
happens as lanugo begins to fall off, body temperature is partially under control, the skin is thicker,
with more color, the connections between the nerve cells in the brain have increased, the weight is about
3 to 3 3/4 pounds, the length is about 16 to 17 inches.
Small pupils in the baby’s eyes
can function, dilating and constricting in dim or bright light.
Fingernails have now fully grown
out on her fingers as the baby reaches about 17 to 18 inches, the ears have begun to hold shape, the eyes open
during alert times and close during sleep, the weight is about 4 to 4 1/2 pounds.
In preparation for birth,
the baby begins to gain lots of weight, about a half a pound every week.
Baby is getting quite cramped
in the womb now, but she is still able to move around, fine hair begins to disappear, the fingernails reach
the end of the fingertips. The weight is about 5 to 6 pounds, the length is about 16 to 19 inches.
The baby begins positioning
head down in the womb to make birth easier.
The baby has a firm grasp
with her hands and is considered full-term at this point, small breast buds are present on both sexes, the unborn
child turns toward a light source, the average weight is greater than 6 pounds, the length is about 19 to 21 inches.
She continues growing in the womb.
The big day arrives!
The baby experiences a whole new world on a day forever remembered. It’s an experience more than a million of
her fellow babies are deprived of every year in America.