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YES this is a BABY – Not a Fetus 1 - 2

22nd Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your baby weighs close to a pound at this point!

·        Your baby can now hear your conversations more clearly than before!. When you talk, read, or sing, expect her to hear you. Studies have found that newborns will suck more vigorously when read to from a book they heard frequently in utero.

·        Eyelids and eyebrows are fully formed.
·        Fingernails have grown to the end of the fingers.

Be prepared for all those "Why" questions coming! Your baby's brain has entered a stage of rapid growth, especially in what's called the germinal matrix. This structure deep in the middle of the brain serves as a kind of factory for brain cells and disappears shortly before birth. But the brain's amazing expansion program continues until around the five birthday.

·        With some help from mom, baby's liver is starting to break down bilirubin, a substance produced by red blood cells.

 If your baby is male his testes begin their descent to the scrotum.
 Primitive sperm have formed and he is producing testosterone.
 Length is 10.94 inches (27.8cm); weight is nearly 1 pound (430gm).

23rd Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Proportions of the body are now quite similar to a newborn although thinner since he hasn't begun to form body fat.

·        Bones located in the middle ear harden.

·        Your baby is able to hear. (Dads, did you know: low-frequency sounds mimicking a male voice penetrate the abdomen and uterine wall better than the higher frequencies of the female voice?)

·        The eyes are formed, though the iris still lacks pigmentation.

·        The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. She has begun producing insulin, important for the breakdown of sugars.

·        If born now, your baby has a 15% chance of survival, his odds going up with each passing day.

·        The average baby at this stage weighs 1.1 pound (501gm) and is 11.38 inches (28.9cm) long.

24th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Bring on the bulk! Baby gains about 6 ounces this week. The weight is in muscle, bone mass and organs.

·        His body begins to fill out with his appearance increasingly becoming more like a newborn.

·        Taste buds begin to form. If mom drinks something strange or bitter, baby may be observed showing his distaste.

·        Little creases have appeared on his palms. The muscular coordination of his hands has improved as he sucks his thumb.

·        Over the next seven days the sweat glands will be forming in the skin.

·        His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" and cells that produce surfactant, a substance that helps the air sacs inflate easily.

·        This week your baby is officially considered viable.

·        Baby weighs 1.3 pound (600gm) and is 11.8 inches (30cm) long -- almost the length of a ruler!

25th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

The structures of the spine begin to form -- joints, ligaments and rings. These will protect the all important spinal cord which serves as the information transmitter for your child's body.

·        Blood vessels of the lungs develop.

·        Your baby's nostrils begin to open. There is a study out of Belfast that suggests babies at this stage have the capability of scent preferences!

·        The nerves around the mouth and lip area are showing more sensitivity now. When baby is rooting for food later on, these will be valuable!

·        His swallowing reflexes are developing.

·        Dexterity is improving. Your baby can make a fist and would clasp objects placed in palm.

·        Your child has now obtained an approximate length of 13.6 inches (34.6cm) and weighs 1.46 pound (660gm).

26th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your baby may weigh about two pounds now (average is 1.7 pound, 760gm) and is 14 inches (35.6cm) in length

·        To support the fetus's growing body, the spine is getting stronger and more supple. Though no longer than the span of the average adult hand, it is now made up of 150 joints, 33 rings, and some 1,000 ligaments.

·        Air sacs in the lungs form now.

·        Lungs begin to secrete a greasy substance called surfactant. Without surfactant the fetal lungs would stick together and couldn't expand after the baby is born.

·        Although they've been sealed shut for the last few months, your baby's eyes are opening and beginning to blink this week. Depending on ethnicity, some babies will be born with blue or gray-blue eyes (which may change color in the first 6 months of life) and some will be born with brown or dark eyes.

·        Retinas begin to form.

·        Brain wave activity for hearing and sight begins to be detectable.

·        Fetal brain scans show response to touch. If you shine a light on your abdomen, your baby will turn his head, which according to researchers, means his optic nerve is working.

27th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your little one's brain continues its rapid growth. Don't forget to share music, conversation, and even books with your baby!

·        Response to sound grows more consistent toward the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to the ear is complete. Your baby's hearing continues to develop, he or she may start to recognize your voice as well as your partner's.

·        Lungs continue to grow and prepare for functioning outside of the womb. Each day in the womb greatly increases survival rates!

·        He also continues to take small breaths and although he's only breathing in water and not air, it's still good practice for when he's born.

·        Eyelids are now open more. Your baby can distinguish between light and dark.

·        Retinas have formed.

·        Your baby will grow over an inch this week alone! You may suspect this phenomenal growth rate repeats in the preteen years!

·        Average size is now 14.4 inches (36.6cm) and 1.9 pound (875gm).

28th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Eyebrows and eyelashes are now very noticeable!

·        Hair on baby's head is growing longer. Some babies are born with almost none at all, while others appear to be ready for their first haircut!

·        Eyes are completely formed now. Quite a view from inside!

·        Your baby's body is getting plump and rounded. Most of that increase is muscle tissue and bone. Fat will be added during the third trimester.

·        Muscle tone is improving. Preparation for the Olympics feels like it is taking place in your womb!

·        Lungs are capable of breathing now (but baby would still struggle and require medical attention if born now)

·        Talk to your baby often, reading stories, singing songs and more. He or she can recognize your voice now and will often calm to it later on!

·        Your baby weighs in now at 2.2 pounds (1005gm) and is 14.8 inches (37.6cm).

29th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your baby's head is in proportion with body now. He appears more like a newborn each and every day!

·        Fat continues to accumulate under the skin -- only now preparing for entering the *real world*.

·        Your baby's brain can control primitive breathing and body temperatures.

·        His eyes can move in their sockets. Soon he will be able to follow a blinking light.

·        Your baby is increasingly sensitive to changes in light, sound, taste, and smell! Various studies show that your baby may indicate preferences (or disdain) for particular tastes or odors at this stage

·        He is also moving from side to side, but probably still is head up. In the next few weeks, he will move to the head down birthing position. At times you may feel as if he is performing somersaults for a circus act!

·        Her length is now approximately 15.2 inches (38.6cm) and weight is 2.54 pounds (1153gm)

30th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Did you know your baby is nearly three pounds now?

·        His head is getting larger to accommodate a period of rapid brain growth. Don't forget to continue to "teach" your baby in the womb by exposing to music, literature, and simply talking to him.

·        A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him. As he grows and fills your uterus, the amount of amniotic fluid will decrease. Funny, you certainly won't feel any lighter!

·        She spends more and more time practicing opening and closing eyelids. Her eyes can move from side to side, following a light source. She may even reach out to touch the light.

·        Early lanugo is beginning to disappear that served to protect your baby's skin from the water in the womb. Your little one's own hair may begin to appear.

·        Toenails are entering their final growth stage.

·        Bone marrow is now in charge of red blood cell production. These red blood cells will continue to service your child's body by transporting oxygen and removing the wastes (carbon monoxide and other gases).

·        Your baby has the capability now to produce tears -- yes, within the womb.

·        By the end of this week, your baby is now 15.7 inches (39.9cm) long and weighs 2.91 pounds (1319gm).

31st Week of Pregnancy From Conception

The rate of physical growth slows down just a bit, but even though she doesn't get much longer, she will gain a lot of weight the rest of the pregnancy.

·        Fat continues accumulating. This layer of fat turns her skin from red to the rosy pink she will have as a newborn.

·        Calcium, phosphorus and iron are being stored and his bones are growing and hardening.

·        Your baby is 16.2 inches (41.1cm) long and weighs 3.3 pounds (1502gm)

·        His brain enters another period of rapid growth, producing hundreds of billions of new nerve cells! Amazing!

·        She may move to the rhythm of music. Studies with heart rates show that she also prefers some types of music to others -- already!

·        Lungs are the only major organ left to complete development. Remember, that while you may be anxious to meet your little one that these last few weeks can be vital - with each day increasing your baby's ability to breathe on her own.

32nd Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your baby is up to 3.75 pounds (1702gm) now and is 16.7 inches (42.4cm) long.

·        You might notice she's not moving around as much now. Don't worry! She is fine -- just running short on room. She still has plenty of growing to do though, believe it or not!

·        All five senses are working. Your little one is fascinated and practicing testing these out as much as possible!

·        Toenails are completely formed even though she may not be quite ready for a French manicure.

·        Hair on your infant's head continues to grow in. Will he have dad's black hair or your red hair?

·        Brain scans have shown that babies have periods of dream sleep (REM) starting around the eight month. What do you suppose your son is dreaming about?

33rd Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Amniotic fluid is at its highest level during your pregnancy.

·        Your baby's head size has increased 3/8ths of an inch due to rapid brain growth.

·        Neurons and synapses are developing in huge numbers -- forming connections in your baby's brain will give him the skills he needs to thrive as a newborn. This week, he may be able to coordinate sucking and swallowing with breathing.

·        While most of his bones are hardening, his skull is quite pliable and not completely joined. The bones will be able to move slightly to make birthing easier.

·        You baby takes intermittent deep breaths -- of water! That's okay, though since she gets oxygen from the placenta. This breathing exercises muscles and encourages her lung cells to produce more surfactant (a protein essential for healthy lung development).

·        If your baby is a boy, his testicles will be descending from his abdomen into his scrotum. Sometimes one or both testicles won't move into position until after birth.

·        Your infant is now 17.2 inches (43.7cm) long and weighs 4.23 pounds (1918gm).

34th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your baby acts completely like a newborn, with her eyes opened when awake and closed when sleeping. You may also find her settling into more of a routine for sleeping & awake times.

·        She has learned to blink. She can also see more clearly when there is a bright light on your stomach and probably has the outline of all your organs memorized!

·        Antibodies from your blood are being transferred to him. These immunities continue to build until birth. Then breast milk will add even more protection against disease.

·        Your baby may have already turned to a head-down position in preparation for birth. If he is your first baby, he may be settling into the pelvis with his head pressing against your cervix.

·        Fingernails have reached the end of the fingertips now. She may scratch her face even before she is born!

·        Your little one's length is 17.7 inches (45cm) and weight is 4.7 pounds (2146 g).

35th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

The average baby weighs almost five and a half pounds now.

·        Most babies born now will survive and without many long-term problems.

·        Fat accumulations plumps up the arms and legs this week. These layers of fat will help him regulate his body temperature. They also provide those cute little dimples on elbows and knees!

·        Her hearing is fully developed, so be sure to talk to your daughter. Do you find yourself speaking in a high-pitched tone? That's okay since some studies show babies respond better to higher pitches.

·        It's getting crowded! Your baby is now taking up most of the uterus and you may even feel like your chest has run out of room! Soon enough though, baby will move down and you'll be able to breathe easily again (just not walk so easily! Ha!).

·        Your baby is 18.2 inches (46.2cm) long and weighs 5.3 pounds (2383gm).

·        The testes have completed their descent in males.

36th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Your baby is almost ready and most likely, so are you! The only organ still to mature is the lungs. While certainly you are both growing anxious to meet, remember that each day (up to 42 weeks), that your little one stays within your womb will multiply his chances to breathe on his own.

·        If he hasn't already, this week your baby may drop into the birth canal. While breathing for mom becomes easier, walking may be the exact opposite! If he's not your first baby, this "lightening" may not occur until right before labor.

·        Fat is dimpling your baby's elbows and knees, and forming creases in the neck and wrists.

·        His skin is growing smooth and, shall we say it, "baby" soft.

·        His gums are very rigid. It won't be many months before you'll see his teeth.

·        She has a fully developed pair of kidneys and her liver has begun processing some waste products.

·        Your child's average size is now 18.66 inches (47.4cm) and 5.78 pounds (2622 g). Between now and birth she will gain about an ounce a day!

37th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

This week, the average size is about 6.3 pounds (2859gm) now and 19.1 inches (48.6cm) length.

·        She is official full term now but can still benefit from extra days in the womb.

·        Your baby continues to practice breathing movements. Isn't it amazing how she can breathe "under water?"

·        Grasp is firm now. It won't be long until you'll feel that strong little fist confidently grasping your finger (or tightly clenching your hair)!

·        A few weeks ago, your baby would move her eyes toward light. Now she turns towards light outside the uterus.

·        " As the uterine wall stretches and thins allowing more light to permeate, he develops definite daily activity cycles. You will want to be sure to establish good patterns yourself at this time, thus encouraging them in your child. Ever heard of a baby getting his days/nights mixed up? Now's the time to try to avoid that!

38th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

If he is the "average baby," he weights 6.8 pounds (3083gm)and is 19.6 inches (49.8cm) long.

·        Have you noticed she hiccups a lot? Because there is no air around her, those breathing exercises cause amniotic fluid to get into her windpipe. The result? Hiccups!

·        Your child's intestines are accumulating lots of meconium. Meconium takes on the role of being your baby's first bowel movement -- removing the waste that has accumulated.

·        He may have a full head of hair now -- an inch or more long! Don't be surprised if it's an unexpected color. Some blond couples have dark haired babies; some dark haired couples have red-haired babies; some couples have babies with only peach fuzz! It may just persuade you to take a closer look at your family tree!

·        Circumference of head and abdomen are about the same size for your baby. No wonder it's so hard to get a t-shirt over a newborn's head!

39th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

The lanugo has mostly disappeared, but you'll probably find a bit on her shoulders, arms and legs and in those protected little bodily creases. It will vanish completely on its own in time.

·        His lungs are maturing and surfactant production is increasing and fully prepared to take on the outside world!

·        Your baby doesn't have much room to move and certainly mom agrees! Did you imagine 8 months ago that this wee one would be able to hook a toe in your ribs while elbowing your bladder? She certainly has grown!

·        His body continues laying on the fat stores that will help regulate his body temperature after birth. In addition to normal fat, he is accumulating a special "brown" fat in the nape of his neck, between his shoulders and around organs. Brown fat cells are important for thermogenesis (generating heat) during his first weeks.

·        Your infant's weight is around 7.25 pounds (3288gm) and length is 19.9 inches (50.7cm).

40th Week of Pregnancy From Conception

Much of the vernix has vanished but you will notice traces on her body.

·        15% of your child's body is fat. Since he hasn't learned to shiver yet, these fat stores will help regulate his temperature.

·        Approximately 60 - 75 percent is water!

·        Your baby's chest sticks out, almost as if he's ready to strut proudly over his accomplishment!

·        His lungs will continue developing until birth. They are manufacturing large quantities of surfactant which works to keep the air sacs open.

·        She continues to grow; her hair and nails longer as well. You may need to trim those fingernails soon after birth or protect her face from scratches with mittens.

·        Small breast buds are present on both sexes.

·        The baby now weighs 7.6 pounds (3462gm) and is 20.2 inches (51.2cm) long.

·        Congratulations! Any day now you will be cradling your son or daughter! Cherish the moments and learn all you can about this new personality in your life. They go by all too fast!

Baby Development
You’re pregnant, and now you are you curious how big your developing baby is, what your baby looks like as it grows inside you, and when you’ll feel it move? Take a peek inside the womb to see how BABY develops from month to month.

8 Weeks   http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/phototake_photo_of_8_week_fetus-300x203.jpg   8 week of pregnancy The baby is now a little over half an inch in size. Eyelids and ears are forming, and the tip of the nose is visible. The arms and legs are well formed. The fingers and toes grow longer and more distinct.

9 Weeks  Pregnancy Fetal Develoment Week 9 Your baby is probably about an inch long now and its tail has all but disappeared. During this week of pregnancy, some tiny fetuses have even been shown to suck their small thumbs, and they have begun to make facial grimaces and even swallowing motions.
If you haven't already made your first prenatal doctor's visit, you should do so quickly. Prenatal care is crucial to the health of you and your baby.

10 Weeks  Pregnancy Week 10   This week of your pregnancy will show that your baby's brain is developing rapidly right now. A prenatal ultrasound would reveal well formed arms and legs as well as fingers and toes. During this week of pregnancy, your baby will begin to kick his little feet and even open his mouths. In addition, your baby's intestines may begin to move into his body.

11 Weeks Pregnancy Week 10-11 Fetal Development Between week 10 of your pregnancy and week 12 of your pregnancy, your doctor will be able to hear your fetus' heartbeat with a hand held doppler. At this stage of your pregnancy, your baby is completely developed with all the necessary major organs and systems he/she needs to survive. From here on out during your pregnancy, your baby will mainly be growing and maturin

12 Weeks
    http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/phototake_photo_of_12_week_fetus-300x203.jpg  The fetus measures about 2 inches and starts to make its own movements. You may start to feel the top of your uterus above the pubic bone. Your doctor may hear the baby’s heartbeat with special instruments. The sex organs of the baby should start to become clear.

13 Weeks    During 13th weeks of pregnancy, your baby will grow around 1.5 to 3 in (35 to 75 mm) length and weighs around 1/2 to 3/4 oz (14 to 21 grams).
Your baby is more and more looks like human as its body is catching up the size of its head
His or her eyes start to move closer together and ears are beginning to move to their final positions.
By now, your baby's hands and feet are fully formed.
Inside of his or her belly, the liver begins to secrete bile while the pancreas is starting to produce insulin.
His or her intestines are moving from the umbilical cord into his or her own abdomen
All 20 milk teeth have formed and waiting under the gums, while your baby has begun to practice swallowing by taking in the surrounding amniotic fluid and passing it back in his or her urine
Your baby can smile and his or her vocal cords are quick developing.
By 13 weeks pregnancy, your baby has as many nerve endings as you do! The connections are being made between brain, muscles and nervous system

16 Weeks
   http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/PRinc_photo_of_fetus_at_16_weeks-300x203.jpg  The fetus now measures about 4.3 to 4.6 inches and weighs about 3.5 ounces. The top of your uterus should be felt about 3 inches below your belly button. The baby’s eyes can blink and the heart and blood vessels are fully formed. The baby’s fingers and toes should have fingerprints.

20 Weeks    http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/nilsson_rm_photo_of_20_week_fetus-300x203.jpg  The baby weighs about 10 ounces and is a little over 6 inches long. Your uterus should be at the level of your belly button. The baby can suck a thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces. Soon — if you haven’t already — you’ll feel your baby move, which is called “quickening.”

24 Weeks
     http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/phototake_photo_ultrasound_24_weeks-300x203.jpg  The fetus weighs about 1.4 pounds now. It responds to sounds by moving or increasing its pulse. You may notice jerking motions if it hiccups. With the inner ear fully developed, it may be able to sense being upside down in the womb.

http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/nilsson_rm_photo_28_weeks-300x203.jpg  The fetus weighs about 2 pounds 6 ounc  es. It changes position frequently at this point in pregnancy. There’s a good chance of survival if your baby is born prematurely now. Ask your doctor about preterm labor warning signs. Register for birthing classes. Birthing classes prepare you for many aspects of childbirth, including labor and delivery and parenting the newborn

36 Weeks       http://selmapreghelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/nilsson_rm_photo_36_week_fetus-300x203.jpg   Babies differ in size, depending on many factors (such as gender, the number of babies being carried, and size of the parents), so your baby’s overall rate of growth is as important as the actual size. On average, it’s about 18.5 inches and weighs close to 6 pounds. The brain has been developing rapidly. Lungs are nearly fully developed. The head is usually positioned down into the pelvis by now. A pregnancy is considered “at term” once 37 weeks has been completed!

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