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Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week- Week 13
You are now nearing the beginning of your second trimester of pregnancy and some of your more intense pregnancy symptoms may begin to get better. For many pregnant women, morning sickness goes away and they find that they are not as tired as they were before.
At this point your baby looks like a tiny infant with fully formed limbs and fingers and toes. Your body is also beginning to swell and grow as your baby begins to take up more and more space. Your uterus may even pop outside of your pelvic cavity a bit and alleviate the urge to urinate frequently.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week- Week 14
Your baby continues to grow and develop. During this pregnancy week, the fetus' neck continues to get longer and the eyes move closer together. He is learning how to move his hands through the amniotic fluid. Amazingly, his movements through the amniotic fluid may help influence how his fingerprints are formed. Fingerprints are formed by a complex variety of changes to the finger pads during the first several months. But both genetics and external circumstances may determine their final pattern....which is why no two fingerprints are ever the same!!!
By now, some of the more uncomfortable early pregnancy symptoms should be getting a bit better. But you may notice that you are a little more constipated than usual. The pregnancy hormones can have that effect by causing your bowel muscles to work slower. In addition, your growing baby is compressing your intestines making it difficult to completely evacuate them. Try increasing your fluids and the amount of fiber in your Pregnancy Diet.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 15
During this pregnancy week, your baby's body is covered in a very fine hair known as lanugo which protects the skin. In addition, during the 14th week of pregnancy, your baby's bones are getting harder and muscles are developing more. His hearing is also getting better and he may jump in response to loud noises.
Your body should be growing and changing to accommodate your growing baby. Be sure to notify your physician if you gain a significant amount of weight very rapidly as it could be a sign of a pregnancy complication. Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 16
If you were to get a prenatal ultrasound during the 16th week of pregnancy, your OBGYN would be able to tell you whether you were having a boy or a girl! In addition, you may notice your little baby sucking his thumb or grabbing his umbilical cord. During this pregnancy week, your baby will also be urinating and over the last few weeks of pregnancy, his first stool (known as Meconium) has been forming in his intestines.
Sometime during the next few weeks, you may also begin to feel the first fluttery movements of your baby. These early movements may feel like gas bubbles or butterfly wings. If you have been pregnant before, you may be more aware of these movements and notice them sooner. Don't worry though if you don't feel anything yet, it is still very early!
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 17
By now, your little baby is almost 5 inches long. Slowly, their body is catching up to their head size and fetal development will show that your baby no longer looks so top heavy! The eyes are in their final position and your baby is almost finished developing BOTH sets of their teeth buds. During this 17th week of pregnancy, the baby also begins to develop a protective skin sealant known as Vernix and brown fat stores begin to build up.
You may begin to feel a small tightening of the uterus during this month, known as Braxton-Hicks Contractions. These contractions are harmless and are your body's way of preparing you for the “BIG DAY”. But monitor them closely. If you experience more than 3-4 an hour, or if they are painful, you should notify your OBGYN to rule out preterm labor.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 18
Your fetus is developing hearing each and every week. During the 18th week of pregnancy, your baby can distinguish between your heartbeat and your voice. He/She will even respond negatively to a loud noise they don't like. In addition, her eyes are becoming sensitive to light and your baby can make facial expressions like squinting and frowning. If you were to have a prenatal ultrasound during this week, you may even be able to see your baby hiccup!
During these next few weeks, your OBGYN doctor will order your large prenatal ultrasound to check the fetal development and growth of your baby. If anything abnormal shows up on ultrasound, she may order more testing to rule out any complications.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 19
During the next few pregnancy weeks, your baby will be developing his brain at rapid rate. Millions of motor neurons are forming and nerve cells are developing to serve the senses. In addition, your baby will continue to mimic the act of breathing by taking in amniotic fluid and swallowing.
Yet another fun Pregnancy Symptom:
While your baby is growing at an amazing rate, you may notice an uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest and throat. As your uterus continues to expand, many pregnant women develop acid reflux. If the symptoms are extremely uncomfortable, talk with your OBGYN doctor before taking any over the counter medications. He may be able to suggest something to help ease your discomfort.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 20
This week you are officially halfway through your pregnancy! At almost 6 inches long and 10 ounces, your fetus' movements may be easier to feel as he jumps and kicks around inside. If you are having a little boy, his testes will begin to drop into his scrotum during the next several weeks! Hair will begin to grow on your baby's scalp and your baby's legs are almost finished growing to their final length.
As you enter your 20th week of pregnancy, monitor your feet closely for any signs of edema or swelling. While some swelling is considered normal for pregnant women, excessive or pitting edema can be a sign of a dangerous pregnancy complication and condition known as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. Notify your OBGYN or doctor if you are concerned about any swelling you may have.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 21
Your baby now has thin eyebrows and the hair on his head continues to grow and develop. During this pregnancy week, your baby's bone marrow will begin to make red blood cells for your baby. Until now, that was mainly done by your baby's liver and spleen. Movements are getting more frequent and easier to feel. If you haven't already had a prenatal ultrasound, now is the time---but be sure to tell the technician if you don't want to know the baby's sex!
Shopping for maternity clothes now is a must for most women. Have fun with it and take along a friend to help you shop. Remember that your belly will continue to grow over the next 20 weeks, so make sure you get a size that will accommodate your growing belly!
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 22
Taste buds are forming on your baby's tongue this pregnancy week and your baby is very capable of experiencing the sensation of touch. Your baby may begin to feel the world around him by grabbing his fingers, umbilical cord and feet. If you are carrying a little girl, her body has already produced all the eggs her ovaries will contain throughout her entire life.
Pamper yourself this week by getting a prenatal massage. The aches and pains of pregnancy can take its toll on most pregnant women. Listen to your body and try to take it easy. Remember----no heavy lifting and during the hot summer months, it is extra important to stay hydrated.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week - Week 23
Sometime during this pregnancy week, your baby will begin to develop a special slippery substance known as surfactant. This substance is crucial for breathing because it allows the small air sacs in our lungs (known as alveoli) to inflate and it prevents them from collapsing on themselves every time we exhale! Fat production is also still developing and your baby begins to look more and more like a newborn baby.
Don't worry if you feel a little more forgetful than usual. The extra hormones and the extra stress your body is under can often cause many women to forget more things than they used to. It is not uncommon for pregnant mommies to lose car keys, wallets and cellphones on a regular basis. If you seem a bit more forgetful than you'd like, discuss this with your OBGYN doctor.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 24
Footprints and fingerprints are continuing to develop based on the movement of your baby. Every time he/she kicks or moves through the amniotic fluid, he/she is creating unique grooves in their feet and hands that will become their unique fingerprints! Sometime during the next few pregnancy weeks, your baby will also begin to get into a regular sleeping and waking cycle.
Unfortunately, while baby is getting into a normal sleeping and waking cycle, most pregnant moms are getting out of one. The increased size of your growing uterus can make you toss and turn at night now. Finding a comfortable position in bed will become increasingly difficult. Check out an assortment of body pillows to help you fall asleep and stay comfortable.
If your baby were to be born this week, he would go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to complete his growth and development. He may spend months in the NICU and he will need special breathing equipment at first, but advances in medical technology has ensured that his chances of survival is better than ever!
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 25
Although your baby's eyes are fully developed, they may still be fused shut. Sometime over the next few weeks though, your baby will begin to open his eyes and look around his darkened world. He even has eyelashes on his eyes and his eyebrows are now well formed. By now he may weight almost 2 pounds!
During the next several pregnancy weeks, your baby will continue to grow rapidly and gain weight. Just be sure you aren't following in your baby's footsteps. You do not need to “eat for two” and most doctors recommend that you gain only 20-30 pounds during your pregnancy. Following a good pregnancy diet will ensure that you maintain your calories and get all the nutrition you need for both you and your baby.
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week –Week 26
Fetal Development is occurring at a rapid pace now. Your baby is growing in leaps and bounds. He/She is now capable of maintaining balance and can even tell if he is right side up in your uterus. If your baby's eyes are open, he may even begin blinking! Brain waves are stronger this week and the bronchial tract is developing further.
If you haven't already started, now is the time to begin looking for baby names. You and your partner can have lots of fun trying to pick the perfect baby name for your little bundle of joy. Check out a list of the best baby names of all time and decide for yourself what your baby will be!
Fetal Development: Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 27
This is officially the end of the second trimester and the third trimester now begins. Your baby is probably about 2 pounds now and if he or she were born today, they would have an 85% chance of survival in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During this second trimester, your baby has tripled or even quadrupled their length since the 12 week mark. Congratulations!!!
Celebrate the end of your second trimester by going baby shopping. Now is a perfect time to browse strollers, car seats and cribs for the best ones. While you don't have to run out and purchase any today, be aware that some furniture companies have a delivery time of 2-3 months! Also, if you are considering having a baby shower, you may want to begin registering for the big day.
Last edited by MarinaAndCharlie'sMommy; July 7th, 2011 at 01:29 PM.
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