Your Pregnancy - Fetal Developments Month by Month

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<ul><li><p>Congratulations, youre pregnant! Over the next eight to nine months, </p><p>your body will undergo many </p><p>changes as the baby develops starting as soon as three days after </p><p>conception. Once the egg is </p><p>fertilized, it divides into many cells </p><p>and passes through the fallopian </p><p>tube into the uterus so the egg can </p><p>attach to the uterine wall. At this </p><p>stage, the babys heart, blood, and other organs start to generate, as </p><p>does the placenta that will nourish </p><p>the baby as he or she grows. </p></li><li><p>Over month two, your baby will grow significantly and start to develop defining features. In this stage, most </p><p>babies measure a little over half an inch in size. The legs and arms will be visible, as well as facial structure </p><p>like the eyelids, ears, and nose. The tiny toes and fingers will also be present in this phase, much to parents delight! </p></li><li><p>Continuing to grow, in month three the baby will measure about 2 inches, so you may </p><p>begin to feel the top of your uterus above the pelvic bone. As the baby grows larger, his </p><p>or her sex organs will develop and contribute to overall growth. With the help of special </p><p>instruments, your doctor may also be able to hear the babys heartbeat! </p></li><li><p>The babys unique identity will form in month four, with the development </p><p>of fingerprints on tiny fingers and </p><p>toes! At this stage, the baby will </p><p>measure about 4.5 inches and weigh </p><p>around 3.5 ounces. Youll likely be able to feel the top of your uterus </p><p>about 3 inches below your belly </p><p>button by the end of month four. </p></li><li><p>Week 20, or the fifth month of </p><p>pregnancy, is a big one for most </p><p>moms. At this time, an ultrasound </p><p>is usually done for all pregnant </p><p>women. This will help your doctor </p><p>determine the health of the baby </p><p>and placenta. This visit will also </p><p>allow an expectant mother to </p><p>determine the sex of her baby (if </p><p>she so chooses!) as well as get to </p><p>know her little one better through </p><p>the ultrasound image. At 20 </p><p>weeks, babies can suck their </p><p>thumbs, yawn, stretch, and make </p><p>faces! </p><p>This is also the time when youll start to feel movement more than </p><p>ever. </p><p>In this stage, your uterus will be </p><p>about level with the height of your </p><p>belly button, and the baby will </p><p>weigh in at about 10 ounces. </p></li><li><p>The baby now weighs around 1.4 </p><p>pounds, and can respond to </p><p>surroundings by moving and </p><p>increasing his or her pulse. You may </p><p>notice jerking motions or hiccups </p><p>coming from the womb. At this stage, </p><p>the baby may be able to sense being </p><p>upside down or other movements, </p><p>due to full development of the inner </p><p>ear by week 24. </p></li><li><p>During month seven, the baby </p><p>changes position often. If for any </p><p>reason premature delivery needs to </p><p>occur, this month may be an </p><p>acceptable time to ensure the babys survival (be sure to ask your doctor </p><p>about preterm warning signs). This </p><p>time is also perfect for registering for </p><p>birthing classes, which will prepare </p><p>you for many aspects of childbirth like </p><p>labor, delivery, and taking care of </p><p>your newborn. </p></li><li><p>Month eight completes development and gets </p><p>your baby ready to meet the family! By now most </p><p>organs, including the brain, are fully developed. </p><p>The baby may weigh anywhere from 3-5 pounds, </p><p>depending on many factors (like parents size, the number of babies being carried, or gender). </p><p>With new layers of fat growing under the skin, by </p><p>now the baby will weigh almost 4 pounds </p><p>(between now and delivery, your baby will gain </p><p>up to half of his birth weight!) </p><p>Your baby will move often in this phase ask your doctor to do a fetal movement chart. </p><p>This is the time to consider breastfeeding. You </p><p>may notice a yellowish fluid, called colostrum, </p><p>leaking from your breasts in order to get milk </p><p>ready. </p><p>If born between 37-39 weeks, your baby is </p><p>considered early term. 39-40 weeks would be at term, and 41-42 weeks is late term. </p></li><li><p>Based on each mothers unique pregnancy, delivery can occur anywhere from 38 to 42 </p><p>weeks on average. Once your baby is born, </p><p>cord blood (plus cord tissue and placenta </p><p>tissue) can be collected immediately by </p><p>Americords trusted team to expand your babys (and your familys) future options for </p><p>medical treatment. Taking this rare opportunity </p><p>to save your newborns stem cells is an investment in the future health of your child. As </p><p>a licensed medical facility, Americord follows </p><p>strict protocols to ensure the viability of your </p><p>babys stem cells at every step of the collection and storage process. </p></li><li><p>Americord is a leader in the advancement of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta tissue banking. As a private bank, Americord collects, processes, and </p><p>stores newborn stem cells exclusively for each family to use in future medical or therapeutic treatments. </p><p> For more information, please visit http://americordblood.com/ </p><p>or call 866-503-6005. </p><p>CONTACT US </p></li></ul>

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