Your Pregnancy – Month-by-Month

The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you’ll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. We’ve included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our doctors.

Your Baby

By the end of this period your baby has grown from about ¼ to 1 inch long inside a sac of amniotic fluid.  Hereditary characteristic were set from the moment the mothers egg and father’s sperm met.  Father sperm has already determined your baby’s sex.  Brain and nervous systems are forming.  Heart and lungs are beginning to form.  Tiny spots for ears, eyes and nose are preparing.  Arm and leg buds are forming.

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Your Baby

Your baby grows to be about 2 ¼ inches long and weight approximately ½ to 1 ounce.  Its head is large because its brain is growing faster than it other organs.  Its heart beats. Its stomach, liver and kidneys are forming. Cartilage, skin and muscles are starting to give shape to your baby’s body.  Its fingers and toes are forming.  Their fingernails are beginning to appear.  Its facial features are forming.

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Your Baby

Your Baby measures about 6 inches long and weighs about ¼ pound by the end of this month.  Your baby can move but it is still too tiny to be felt by the mother.  It’s heart beats 120 to 160 beats per minute.  Your baby’s vocal cords are formed.  The sex organs are developed.  By the end of this month your baby’s ears, arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet and toes will be completely formed.  Reflex movement allows your babies elbows to bend, legs to kick and fingers to form a fist.  Its taste buds are also beginning to form.

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Your Baby

Your baby will measure about 10 inches long and weigh about three quarters of a pound by the end of this month.  Its kidneys now make urine. Hairs begin to appear on its head and eyebrows and eyelashes begin to grow. It starts a growth spurt in both length and weight.  Baby’s movements may become strong enough by the end of the month to be felt by mother.

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Your Baby

Your baby will weigh about 1 ½ pounds and be about 12 inches long by the end of this month.  Movements of its arms and legs are easier for you to feel now. Its skin is wrinkled and red and slowly being filled with fat and its fingernails continue to grow.

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Your Baby

Your baby will measure about 14 to 15 inches long and weigh about 2 to 2 ½ pounds by the end of this month.  Your baby can respond to noises for the outside.  It can kick, cry and hiccup.  Its skin is still wrinkled and red.  Its eyelids can now open a close, it eyes are almost completely developed for life on the outside.

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Your Baby

Your baby now measure about 16 inches long and will weigh a little over 2 ½ to 3 pounds by the end of the month.  Its body is now covered with fine, soft hair called “lanugo”. Its fingerprints are set. It will have definite periods of sleeping and waking. It moves frequently with noticeable kicking and stretching. Its brain and nervous systems now mature rapidly. If a boy, its testicles will start to descend into the scrotum.

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Your Baby

Your baby gains about 2 pounds this month; by the end of the month it will weigh about 5 ½ pounds and will be about 18 inches long.  All body systems and organs are mature enough by the end of this month, that should your baby come early it should be all right. Its eyes are open.  It is still active with noticeable patterns of sleep and wakefulness.  It may settle down into position for birth.

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Your Baby

Your baby will grow 2 ½ inches and gains 2 pounds- baby now weighs 6 ½ to 7 ½ pounds and is about 20 inches long.  The amniotic fluid equals about 1 quart.  Your baby settles into a head-down position if this hasn’t already happened (in most cases).  Baby movements are different since there is less space to move about, but should still be moving as much as it had been.  All your baby’s body systems and organs continue to mature. Your baby will be ready to take that first breath and grow on its own just as soon as it is born.

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