From the moment of conception to the final delivery, there are thousands of changes occuring in the development of a baby. While we all hopefully know how conception works, there are countless other details that we may be a little fuzzy on, such as when can we hear a baby’s heartbeat? Or what size is the baby at two months? When will parents find out the baby’s gender? Or when can expecting parents first have a 3D ultrasound done?
Many first-time parents have questions running through their mind every minute of the day, many of them relating to the size of the baby. If you are expecting a baby, here is a quick breakdown of how the baby is growing and developing each month of the pregnancy.
If you’re looking forward to getting a 3D or 4D ultrasound done so you can finally get an idea of what your baby will look like, we’ll let you know. And when you have a date marked on your calendar, make sure to schedule your appointment with Kicks & Giggles in Orem.
- The amniotic sac is formed, which cushions the embryo.
- The placenta develops, transferring nutrients from the mother to the baby.
- Very small details of the face begin to form, and the mouth, jaw, and throat are forming.
- At the end of the month, the heart tube is beating 65 times a minute.
- Your baby is slightly smaller than a grain of rice.
- The baby’s face continues to form, including ears and eyes.
- Small nubs are forming that eventually grow into arms and legs.
- The spinal cord, neural tissue, and the nervous system are forming.
- Cartilage is starting to be replaced with bone.
- The baby is around the size of a raspberry.
- At the end of eight weeks, the baby is called a fetus rather than an embryo.
- Your baby’s arms, hands, fingers, feet, and toes are formed.
- Fingernails and toenails have also developed.
- Reproductive organs are developing, however, it’s hard to see details with an ultrasound.
- Your baby is fully formed at the end of three months.
- The baby is the size of a plum.
- Your baby’s features are easily defined, including eyelids, eyebrows, nails, and hair.
- Babies can suck their thumbs and make faces.
- Now is a great time to schedule your 3D ultrasound.
- You can also schedule an ultrasound to determine your baby’s gender.
- The nervous system is starting to function.
- The baby is around the size of an avocado.
- You may begin to feel your baby move — this movement is called quickening.
- Hair is growing on your baby’s head.
- The baby is about the size of a banana.
- The baby’s skin is a red hue, and veins are visible through the skin.
- Fingerprints and toe prints are formed.
- Your baby’s eyelids begin to part and open.
- Your baby will respond to music.
- The baby is the size of a mango.
- The baby’s hearing has developed.
- Reserves of body fat are developing.
- The baby will frequently change position and respond to sound, pain, and light.
- Your baby is the size of an eggplant.
- You may feel more and more kicking from the baby.
- The brain is quickly developing.
- Sight and hearing have fully developed.
- The lungs are still growing, but most internal organs have developed.
- Your baby is the size of a pineapple.
- The baby’s lungs are almost fully developed.
- Baby’s reflexes are developed, allowing the baby to blink, turn their head, and grasp.
- There is less space for the baby to move, so less kicking.
- The baby will be changing position, preparing for the delivery.
- Your baby is around the size of a watermelon.
These are just a few stages of development during your pregnancy, but your baby is always growing. At Kicks & Giggles, we love guiding expecting parents through these stages, and we love sharing in your excitement as you get to see the first images of your new baby. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get in touch with the staff at our Orem ultrasound studio, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. View our 3D ultrasound packages here.