your pregnancy - fetal developments month by month

Download Your Pregnancy - Fetal Developments Month by Month

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  • Congratulations, youre pregnant! Over the next eight to nine months,

    your body will undergo many

    changes as the baby develops starting as soon as three days after

    conception. Once the egg is

    fertilized, it divides into many cells

    and passes through the fallopian

    tube into the uterus so the egg can

    attach to the uterine wall. At this

    stage, the babys heart, blood, and other organs start to generate, as

    does the placenta that will nourish

    the baby as he or she grows.

  • Over month two, your baby will grow significantly and start to develop defining features. In this stage, most

    babies measure a little over half an inch in size. The legs and arms will be visible, as well as facial structure

    like the eyelids, ears, and nose. The tiny toes and fingers will also be present in this phase, much to parents delight!

  • Continuing to grow, in month three the baby will measure about 2 inches, so you may

    begin to feel the top of your uterus above the pelvic bone. As the baby grows larger, his

    or her sex organs will develop and contribute to overall growth. With the help of special

    instruments, your doctor may also be able to hear the babys heartbeat!

  • The babys unique identity will form in month four, with the development

    of fingerprints on tiny fingers and

    toes! At this stage, the baby will

    measure about 4.5 inches and weigh

    around 3.5 ounces. Youll likely be able to feel the top of your uterus

    about 3 inches below your belly

    button by the end of month four.

  • Week 20, or the fifth month of

    pregnancy, is a big one for most

    moms. At this time, an ultrasound

    is usually done for all pregnant

    women. This will help your doctor

    determine the health of the baby

    and placenta. This visit will also

    allow an expectant mother to

    determine the sex of her baby (if

    she so chooses!) as well as get to

    know her little one better through

    the ultrasound image. At 20

    weeks, babies can suck their

    thumbs, yawn, stretch, and make


    This is also the time when youll start to feel movement more than


    In this stage, your uterus will be

    about level with the height of your

    belly button, and the baby will

    weigh in at about 10 ounces.

  • The baby now weighs around 1.4

    pounds, and can respond to

    surroundings by moving and

    increasing his or her pulse. You may

    notice jerking motions or hiccups

    coming from the womb. At this stage,

    the baby may be able to sense being

    upside down or other movements,

    due to full development of the inner

    ear by week 24.

  • During month seven, the baby

    changes position often. If for any

    reason premature delivery needs to

    occur, this month may be an

    acceptable time to ensure the babys survival (be sure to ask your doctor

    about preterm warning signs). This

    time is also perfect for registering for

    birthing classes, which will prepare

    you for many aspects of childbirth like

    labor, delivery, and taking care of

    your newborn.

  • Month eight completes development and gets

    your baby ready to meet the family! By now most

    organs, including the brain, are fully developed.

    The baby may weigh anywhere from 3-5 pounds,

    depending on many factors (like parents size, the number of babies being carried, or gender).

    With new layers of fat growing under the skin, by

    now the baby will weigh almost 4 pounds

    (between now and delivery, your baby will gain

    up to half of his birth weight!)

    Your baby will move often in this phase ask your doctor to do a fetal movement chart.

    This is the time to consider breastfeeding. You

    may notice a yellowish fluid, called colostrum,

    leaking from your breasts in order to get milk


    If born between 37-39 weeks, your baby is

    considered early term. 39-40 weeks would be at term, and 41-42 weeks is late term.

  • Based on each mothers unique pregnancy, delivery can occur anywhere from 38 to 42

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