Your Growing Baby Month-to-Month

Posted by Shawna Clark on August 25, 2015

It really makes me angry when I hear that a fetus is not considered a “living being” when there is so much Intel to prove otherwise. I will give you a detailed month-to-month look at your baby growing inside of you and you can decide if you believe that to be true.

At the end of the first month, your baby is the size of a grain of rice. The legs and arms are beginning to develop along with the brain, a stomach, a nervous system and most importantly, a heart. Even at this stage, the fetus has a heart and a brain - clearly defining a living being.

By the end of the second month, your baby now has fingers and toes. The largest part of the body is the baby’s head taking up about 1/3 of the entire body. The heart is beating.

Your baby is now approximately 2 to 3 inches long and weighs about a half ounce. The major organs are being developed, even the sex organs. Although you cannot feel them moving, their little arms and legs are starting to move.

Baby has doubled in length by the end of month 4. The eyebrows and eyelashes are developed and baby weighs about 3/4 of a pound.

Baby has gained some weight from last month and now is about 1 and 1/2 pounds. There is hair on its head and the vernix, a thick, white covering on the skin, has formed. Now is the time where you can begin to feel that baby kick!

The baby’s eyelids are forming and the eyes are open. Your baby now has its own fingerprints and footprints! This is so exciting that they have their own identity by these prints. They have only gained about 1/4 pound from last month.

Baby can now suck its thumb! I love it when it is captured on ultrasound. The taste buds are now formed and they can begin to hear sounds. Talk to your baby now mostly so he/she can recognize your voice. Baby weighs about 3 pounds now.

Baby is looking like a baby now, fully formed with the exception of the lungs, which are still growing. If baby was born this month, it could survive and would probably do very well. Baby can be as big as 5 pounds and 18 inches on average, unless it is anything like my sweet baby boy who only weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces at birth. Baby is beginning to get into position with head facing downward toward the canal.

Congratulations, you did it! Baby is ready to come into the world and meet his parents and everyone else who comes to see him/her.  

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