Nine months may seem like a long time for expecting mommies, but your baby has a lot to do during these few months of pregnancy. Your little one is working hard to grow and develop from a few tiny cells into a baby.
Keeping track of your baby’s growth and development can make your pregnancy seem more real and get you excited, despite all the not-so-fun symptoms that go along with pregnancy.
Your baby changes with each trimester. Here are some developmental milestones you can mark off as your pregnancy progresses:
First Trimester (Weeks 1 – 12)
Your little baby is going through a lot of big changes! In the first trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s internal organs take shape, external body structures like fingers toes and eyelids have begun to form, and your baby has a regular heartbeat. Near the end of these eight weeks, your little one will begin to look more like a baby and less like a fetus.
By twelve weeks, your baby’s nerves and muscles start working together, allowing him or her to make a fist. Their eyes, which have been open up until now, will close to protect their development and will not reopen until the end of your second trimester.
Your baby is now about three inches long and weighs almost an ounce–about as heavy as 10 pennies!
Second Trimester (Weeks 13 – 28)
By around 14 weeks, your doctor may be able to tell you whether you’re expecting a little boy or girl. At this point, your baby’s bones and muscle tissue are continuing to form into a more complete skeleton, and your baby will start to develop skin.
By the middle of this trimester you may begin to get a feeling of fluttering–this is because your baby is becoming more active. Development continues and your baby now has eyelashes and eyebrows, toenails and fingernails, footprints and fingerprints!
The baby also develops taste buds, sleeps and wakes regularly, and can hear. Your baby may even respond to familiar sounds, like Mommy’s voice, with movement.
Now at about 12 inches long, your baby weighs around 1.5 pounds.
Third Trimester (Weeks 29 – 40)
By now, your baby is gaining weight rapidly, about one-half pound a week. Your baby’s kicks and jabs may become more forceful during the first few weeks of this trimester, but movement will become less as the baby continues to grow and has less room to move around. Your baby’s senses continue to develop, and your baby can sense changes in light.
By the end of 37 weeks, their organs are ready to function on their own, and your pregnancy is considered full term. As you get closer to your due date, most babies will reposition themselves head down, in preparation for birth. With your pregnancy coming to an end, you’ll soon be saying hello to your newborn.
These are only some of the exciting changes your baby is going through as your pregnancy moves forward. Your obstetrician will be able to talk to you about even more developments during your prenatal care visits. You may even be able to see some of the changes for yourself through ultrasounds. If you want to learn more about your growing baby or what to expect throughout your pregnancy, call an OBGYN in Orlando today.