If you just found out you're pregnant, congratulations! From the moment of conception to the day you meet your baby, there's so much to look forward to. In this article, we cover the highlights of your child's prenatal development, quarter by quarter and week by week.
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Fetal development stages week by week
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Your exciting pregnancy journey starts here. Below is a basic timeline of fetal development, starting with thefirst trimester. During this stage, your baby is growing from a microscopic clump of cells to a plum-sized fetus with early facial features that may start to look a little like hers.
Your pregnancy "begins" on the last day of your period.
Ovulation occurs in the middle of your cycle.
The sperm meets the egg and fertilization occurs.
The placenta begins to form and will nourish your baby until birth.
The fertilized egg implants in the uterus and begins to develop into an embryo.
The umbilical cord begins to form from the placenta.
Your child is the size of a poppy.
Great strides are being made with the development of the neural tube (which ultimately makes up the brain, spine, and spinal cord).
The lungs and heart begin to form, and the heart may begin to beat. Maybe you'll hear it forultrasonicSometime between 6 and 12 weeks.
The amniotic sac has formed and is filling with amniotic fluid, which protects your baby during pregnancy.
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The embryo is about the size of an orange seed.
The embryo is now curled into a curved C shape.
Small shoots will appear, which will become arms and legs.
The embryo is about the size of a pomegranate seed.
the brain and face grow.
Eyelids and bones begin to form.
The nostrils and retinas begin to develop.
The embryo is about the size of a blueberry.
All major organs have formed and are growing - the basic components are in place.
Tubes connect the throat to the lungs to allow for future breathing.
By the end of this week, your child will no longer be an embryo, but will be medically called a fetus.
The fetus is now the size of a raspberry.
Smaller facial features are formed, including a more prominent nose.
The head is large in relation to the body, but your child is now more in the shape of a mini baby.
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The head is rounded.
Eyelids and ears are developing - someone is getting ready to see and hear you.
Your child is the size of a strawberry.
Muscle building begins.
The spine is still soft and flexible, but other bones are starting to harden.
The production of red blood cells begins in the liver.
The head still makes up half the length of the baby's body.
The fetus is the size of a Brussels sprout.
Your child is moving, but you still don't feel it.
The hands and arms are more developed than the lower limbs.
Facial features become more defined. Your child may be growing into your nose or your partner's chin.
If you have a Doppler test this week, you might hear a heartbeat.
The fetus is the size of a passion fruit.
The sex hormones testosterone and estrogen are produced.
Your child can now produce urine after swallowing amniotic fluid.
All organs are fully developed and constantly growing.
The average fetus is the size of a large plum.
The second trimester is full of exciting milestones in prenatal development, like feeling your baby move for the first time. If you wish, you can also find out your baby's gender in this trimester. If you're finding out if you're having a boy or a girl and want to share the good news with family and friends, you might want to have one.revelation partyto let the cat out of the bag.
Your child can now put his hands in his mouth.
Taste and smell begin to develop.
The skin begins to thicken.
The neck and lower limbs are more defined.
The fetus is now the size of a nectarine.
The fetus can now roll over and tip over.
This tiny heart pumps up to 100 liters of blood a day.
Hair follicles began to develop.
The fetus is now the size of a small grapefruit.
The digestive system begins to work.
The fetus can now hear some sounds, so keep talking and singing.
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The glands may start to produce a fatty substance that protects the skin in the uterus.
The eyes can now move slowly.
Toenails begin to grow.
The fetus is now the size of a pear.
A fine fluff known as lanugo begins to cover this small body.
The fetus can be awakened from sleep in response to your movements.
Your child is the size of a sweet potato.
Kicks and moves can become stronger.
Ovaries develop in girls and testes in boys.
The fetus can (adorably) suck its thumb.
Your child is the size of a mango.
Some facial features and external genitalia may be visible on ultrasound.
Your baby produces meconium, which is the waste that becomes their first poop after birth.
Your nails are growing.
The average baby is the size of a pepper.
The fingers and toes have completed their development and are ready to be counted at birth.
The rhythmic movements you feel could be the baby's hiccups.
Maybe you have a favorite sleeping position.
Your baby is the size of a banana.
The eyes may move for a few weeks, but the eyelids are still closed.
Your baby's hearing will become sharper; You may move suddenly when you hear loud noises.
Your eyebrows grow.
Your baby is now the size of a papaya.
Your baby can now respond to the sound of your voice by moving.
He spends most of his time in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.
Your baby is the size of an eggplant.
Fetal lung development is ongoing. The lungs have formed, but are not yet functional.
The skin is thin and wrinkled, and blood vessels are visible.
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Your baby's nervous system is developing rapidly.
It gets fatter and fatter, filling out those cheeks that you'll soon be squeezing.
Your baby could be the size of a pumpkin this week.
Your baby begins to produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.
Fetal lung development continues as the lungs begin to produce surfactant so they can inflate properly.
Your child is the size of a zucchini.
Your child can now make grasping movements.
Hearing his voice gives them security; His heart rate may drop when you talk to him or sing to him.
Your baby may kick and stretch more often.
Your baby is now the size of a head of cauliflower.
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Your eyes can now open and close.
Breathing becomes more rhythmic.
Perhaps this week your eyelashes will start to grow.
The average baby is the size of a head of lettuce.
Kicks and movements may be more noticeable.
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Your baby could be the size of a pumpkin.
Fine hairs called lanugo may begin to fall out.
Your baby may have hair on its head.
The bone marrow begins to produce red blood cells, which help carry oxygen.
Your baby is now the size of a cabbage.
Your baby can now regulate his own body temperature.
The bones begin to harden.
The skull is still soft and pliable and doesn't fully harden until your baby is around 2 years old.
Your baby is now the size of a coconut.
Toenails may be visible this week; it might be time for a little pedicure right after giving birth.
Your baby is gaining weight and her skin is now less transparent.
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Your baby will gain about a pound a week from now until birth.
The brain continues to develop and all five senses are functioning.
Your baby is now the size of a pineapple.
Your baby may shift into a head-down position as you prepare for delivery.
Nails continue to grow.
Your baby is gaining weight and adding fat.
It is now the size of a cantaloupe.
Fetal brain development continues; Other parts of the nervous system and lungs are also developing.
As your baby gains weight, her skin becomes redder and less transparent.
The musculoskeletal system is fully developed to allow for movement after birth.
Your baby may be the size of a honeydew.
It takes up more space in the amniotic sac.
Kicking, turning, and other fetal movements continue.
Your child is the size of a romaine lettuce.
Your baby is still growing and is considered a premature baby.
The body hair called Lanugo has almost completely fallen out.
Your baby has added enough fat to keep him warm.after birth.
The average baby is the size of a bunch of Swiss chard.
Liver and lung development is almost complete.
The head and abdomen can be approximately the same size.
It may start to sink further into the pelvis.
Your baby is the size of a bunch of rhubarb.
Your baby is now officially full term.
Fetal brain development continues, and their brains will continue to grow well into infancy.
Your baby is the size of a watermelon.
Developmentally, your baby is ready to be born.
Its length will likely be between 18 and 20 inches.
The medianewbornIt weighs between six and nine kilos, about the size of a pumpkin.
Forty weeks might seem like a long time to wait to meet your child, but that day will come before you know it. As you can see, your baby will be very busy in the weeks and months leading up to her big debut. In the meantime, you have plenty to do to prepare for the big day. You might want to download it.Pampers Club appso you get rewarded right from the start for every diaper and wipe you buy. Sign up for even more weekly pregnancy advice here: