Baby Development

  • The fetus is now about 12 inches long, and the mother feels fetal movement on a regular basis.  Eyelids and eyebrows are fully formed.  Fingernails have grown to the end of the fingers.
  • If a sound outside is especially loud or startling, the fetus may react with a sudden movement. If you talk, read, or sing, expect her to hear you.
  • The baby can now feel pain, possibly as early as 18 weeks.  In fact, from now until about 32 weeks, pain is felt more intensely than any other time in development.

22 week preborn baby

  • By the end of the fourth month, the fetus may be eight to ten inches in length and weighs a half pound or more.  She has begun to use her reflexes; sucking, swallowing, and blinking.  And an experienced sonographer might be able determine if your baby is a boy or a girl.

  • The ears are functioning, and there is evidence that the fetus hears quite a bit — the mother's voice and heartbeat as well as external noises.

  • The fetus listens to its mother's voice and heartbeat every day.
16 week preborn baby
  • At 12 weeks of development, the fetus is about two inches long. It has recognizable sleep patterns by this time, and when it is awake, it exercises its muscles by turning its head and curling its toes.

  • Also at 12 weeks, the fetus will open its palm and make a tight fist when stroked. If it could, the fetus is capable of holding its mother's hand.

12 week preborn baby
8 week preborn baby
  • The contents of the uterus is called a fetus when the embryo reaches week eight of development. ("Fetus" is the Latin word for "young one" or "offspring.")

  • Everything that will be found in a fully developed adult is now present. Elbows and fingers become evident.  The heart has been beating for more than a month, the stomach produces digestive juices and the kidneys have begun to function. Forty muscle sets begin to operate in conjunction with the nervous system.

  • The fetus' body responds to touch and the vertebrae in the neck can bend; the trunk is able to straighten.  However, the woman carrying the fetus will not be able to feel movement until the fourth or fifth month.

  • In other words, the fetus feels the mother, but the mother doesn't feel the fetus.

Whenever you have sex there is always a chance for pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, please contact us for an appointment to take a free and confidential pregnancy test.

During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Some common symptoms of early pregnancy include a missed period, nausea, breast tenderness, frequent urination, tiredness and mood swings. If you think you might be pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take
a pregnancy test.

Pregnancy tests check for a hormone called HCG that is produced by the embryo during pregnancy. The longer you wait to take the test, the more accurate it becomes. It is best to wait until your first missed period before you take a pregnancy test. You can test sooner, but you may need to take a confirming pregnancy test later.
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