After my first pregnancy I realized why it took nine months to grow a baby. This was the perfect time to get your head wrapped around that are actually going to become a mother!
It also happens to be the perfect time for the baby to grow. I found the website babycenter.com to be a great site to track the growth of my baby. I could go along their timeline and click on the number of weeks that I was at, and find descriptions of my baby’s growth and information about my changing body. It helped to feel connected.
Below are some of the coolest facts I discovered from this website:
First Month: Right now your baby is an embryo the size of a poppy seed.
Second Month: Your baby looks like a tiny tadpole, which is starting to form its heart in the fifth week. By the seventh week hands and feet are emerging.
Third Month: By week 10 all the vital organs -including brain and intestines are starting to function. Tiny nails are forming and peach fuzz hair is beginning to grow.
Fourth Month: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace and pee. At 16 weeks it is the size of an avocado.
Fifth Month: Your baby will be able to hear your voice and is able to swallow and produce meconium (sticky black by-product of digestion).
Sixth Month: Your baby is starting to look like a miniature new born and has even developed tiny tooth buds beneath his gums.
Seventh Month: Your baby is sleeping and waking at regular intervals and can hiccup.
Eight Month: By week 33 your baby’s skeleton is hardening and by 35 weeks most of your baby’s physical development is complete.
Ninth Month: At 37 weeks your baby is considered full term. His lungs are developed enough to adjust to life outside the womb…this is a great week to reach.
Now all you can do is wait while your baby cooks a little more before you say hello!
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