A woman’s body undergoes many changes during the nine months of pregnancy. You can see and feel month on month changes in the shape of your belly as your fetus grows into a baby ready for delivery!
Here are some fun facts regarding the growth of the fetus during pregnancy:
In the 1st month of pregnancy, the tiny "heart" tube of your fetus begins to beat almost 65 times a minute by the end of 4th week. At this point, your baby is smaller than a grain of rice.
By the 2nd month, your baby’s fingers, toes and eyes begin to form.
During the 3rd month, your baby can open and close its fists and mouth. Even the fingernails and toenails begin to develop at this time.
As month 4 starts, your baby can suck his or her thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces as well.
By the 5th month, you may begin to feel your baby move, since he or she is developing muscles and exercising them. This first movement is called quickening.
During the 6th month, your baby’s eyelids begin to part and the eyes open for the first time.
As the 7th month approaches, your baby's hearing is fully developed. He or she changes position frequently and responds to stimuli, including sound & pain.
By the 8th month, most of your baby’s internal systems are well developed, but the lungs may still be immature.
The 9th month is the last leg of pregnancy with your baby's reflexes being coordinated so he or she can blink, turn the head & also grasp firmly. Your baby is now ready to enter the world!
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