Fetal Development

Fetal Development

Having an idea of what is happening inside the womb and with the baby's development is imperative for any pregnant woman A better appreciation and an added burst of amazement occur when you find out how a baby grows Upon conception or fertilization of the egg, now referred to as zygote, begins to divide itself into identical cells as it travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus This is where it will thrive and continue to grow into a baby

Knowledge also compels the mother to take better care of herself for the sake of the life inside her The sense of fulfillment heightens as the pregnancy nears its final term Here is a rough guide to fetal development for your information

First month  The placenta begins to form with the umbilical cord working already The zygote develops further into a ball of cells called an embryo It is as tiny as an apple seed and the division of cells continues which will consequently form into its organs and body partsThe neural tube which consists of the brain, backbone, spinal cord, and nerves are starting to form The heart and the circulatory system, the lungs, intestine and the urinary system emerge

Two months Your baby is now as big as a kidney bean It's fingers start to take shape, although still webbed at this time But the hands can now move at the wrist This is also the stage when the embryo is now called a fetus The tail of the embryo has disappeared and the organs are already functioning The baby's eyes are now covered with eyelids

Three months The baby measures 3 inches and weighs about half of a banana which is about 23 grams She has fingerprints now

Four months Baby's skeleton begins to toughen as the bones form She will be weighing about 140 grams now and measures about 13 centimetres Myelin, which protects the spinal cord also appears and wraps itself around the cord This is also the best time to hear your baby's faint heartbeat with a special stethoscope

Five months Growing to about 10 inches now, your baby's eyebrows and eyelids as well as the fingernails are properly set She will be about 360 grams now The baby has also developed the sense of hearing by this age so better include her in the conversations now

Six months Baby's wrinkly skin now smooths out as she begins to put on fat and weigh about 600 grams Baby's optic nerve is already working such that when a light is shone on your abdomen, baby will turn away his head She will be about 35 centimetres long now and starts to learn breathing movements without air

Seven months The baby can now open and close her eyes and see Her lungs and digestive tract are now perfect She will be about 15 inches long now and starts to gain more weight

Eight months At 22 kg and about 45 centimeters, the baby starts to fill up with fat which is vital for her to regulate her body temperature By this time, her sense of hearing and sight are well into its way so continue talking with her This is also the time when the baby can actually survive outside the womb as her lungs are fully developed although the central nervous system is still yet to

Nine months With her delivery just around the corner, most babies will be weighing about 35 kg by this time and 205 inches in length She begins to shed the outer layer of her skin causing the amniotic fluid to be milky and pale in color Should your water break, don't be alarmed as your body will continue making more amniotic fluid until you give birth You should of course be heading to your hospital but stay calm as the first contraction may not come right away Give yourself a pat on the shoulder for a healthy pregnancy and soon you will have your reward on your arms

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