Development of the fetus/baby
Development of the fetus
The development stages of the unborn baby (fetus)
The foetus at 4 th week of pregnancy:
- Implantation occurs during the 4th week of pregnancy.
- Mom-to -be will experience a missed period at this time.
- Implantation can cause a spot of bleeding.
- Your baby is smaller than a grain of rice.
8 Week old fetus
- The baby’s facial features begins to develop.
- Each ear begins as a little fold of skin at the side of the head.
- Tiny buds that eventually grow into arms and legs are forming.
- So are fingers and toes.
- Mom-to-be may feel moody and nauseous.
- Heartbeat of baby is picked up with ultrasound.
9 Week old fetus
- Your waistline may start to thicken, although others can’t notice your pregnancy yet.
- The baby is the size of a peanut.
- It does move, but you can’t feel the movement.
10 Week old fetus
- Your baby is still small.
- It’s limbs are longer and it can bend it’s elbows and knees.
- Mom-to-be feels moody and tired.
- Your uterus is the size of a grapefruit.
12 Week old fetus
- The baby is growing larger now for the rest of the pregnancy.
- Teeth and toenails develop.
- Mom-to-be might develop stretch marks from here on.
- Don’t fret about it – the scars will lighten with time after the pregnancy.
- No creams you put on will help diminish or prevent stretch marks.
- Stretch marks development has to do with your skin natural elasticity.
14 Week old fetus
- Your baby has now got unique facial features as well as finger prints.
- If you poke your stomach it will try and wriggle away, because it starts responding to outside stimuli.
- Mom-to -be may experience constipation, because pregnancy hormone relaxes the bowls.
- Eat enough fiber, drink plenty of water and get exercise to prevent constipation.
20 Week old fetus
- Your baby can hear sounds now.
- It around moves a lot – turning, twisting, punching and kicking.
- Your waistline has disappeared.
- There is a higher risk of bladder infections because the smooth muscles in the bladder tend to relax.
- Fine soft hair starts to grow on your baby’s head and body.
28 Week old fetus
- Your baby weighs about 1 kilogram now.
- Brainwaves show rapid eye movement – he maybe dreaming.
- His lungs is developing.
- Mom-to-be may experience cramping of muscles, more frequent urination, mild swelling of ankles or legs, shortness of breath and Braxton-hicks contractions.
- That is small painless contractions that is like a rehearsal for birth.
36 Week old fetus
- The baby will move head down to your lower abdomen.
- The brain of the baby has been developing rapidly – he practices blinking constantly.
- The baby weighs about 2.5 kilograms at this time.
- Your are in the final month of pregnancy and needs to see your doctor every week.
40 Week old fetus
- The lungs are nearly fully developed.
- Your baby’s reflexes are coordinated so he or she can blink, close the eyes, turn the head, grasp firmly, and respond to sounds, light, and touch.
- Mom-to-be will feel very uncomfortable – but try and rest as much as you can.
- If you go into labour – don’t eat anything.
Signs of labour are:
a ”Show” – that is the release of a mucus plug that has blocked the entrance to the uterus during the pregnancy. It looks like a small amount of sticky, jelly-like pink mucus.
Contractions that are rhythmic and painful and that lasts longer than 30 seconds.
”Water breaks” – that is the release of the water in the amniotic sac that protected the baby.
If you experience any bleeding during this time, it would be a medical emergency.
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