As soon as you become pregnant, the growth of your microscopic baby starts and within a matter of few months your baby becomes the size of broiler chicken. The rate of growth of your baby is far faster than your rate of growth during the pregnancy.
Let us a have a look at your baby’s growth in this month by month guide. This guide will help you understand the immense rate of growth. Remember, we will just cover different aspects of your baby’s growth in this guide not yours.
Once you have conceived, the multi-celled zygote moves down through fallopian tube and fixed itself to the uterus with a week time. Your baby will 10,000 times larger than it was at the time of conception at the end of first month. Your baby in first month appears to be a size of grain rice. Brain, spinal cord and head start developing by this time.
Your baby is comprised of three different layers during the second month. The first of the three layers is the chocolate coating called the ectoderm layer that will transform into skin, hair, nervous system as well as the lining of its nose, ears and mouth. The second layer is the cakey middle that will eventually develop into its heart, muscles, bones, blood and reproductive system. The third layer is the creamy center that will become your baby’s glands, tongue, bladder and digestive tract. The heart of the baby is first to develop and start beating by the end of second month. Your baby will have the size of corn-nut at this stage.
In the third month, the baby’s nails, earlobes, arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes developed. The intestines of your baby have also developed by now. However, it seems that everything is attached to the outside of the body. This would be settled down by the end of the month. At the end of third month, your baby will weigh about the tube of lipstick. Also, your baby is now able to discharge its first urine into the amniotic fluid.
Fourth month is associated with the development of your baby’s genitals. Your baby can also blink, suck, and sallow. Your baby can also move her eyes as well by this time. By the end of this month, your baby will be of the size of a fine cigar.
Your baby will start making some movements by this stage and you will be lucky to feel those movements in the uterus now. Eyebrows and eyelashes will develop. Small bunch of hairs appear on her scalp as well. At this stage your baby will weigh around 1 pound.
A thick waxy substance called the vernix will wrap around your baby. This substance helps protecting your baby against the abrasions, chapping and deep wrinkles that are caused because of remaining in amniotic fluid for long time. If you are expecting a baby girl, the eggs will start forming in her ovaries. Interesting fact though, as you’re not the only carrying a baby, but the developing baby inside your uterus also preparing her for your future grandkids. Your baby will weigh around 2 pound at this stage.
So, finally, your baby can now hear you. She will respond on hearing loud noises. Taste buds are almost developed fully. Your baby can now able to make a fist of her hands and can grasp things as well. At the end of month 7, your baby will weigh around 4 pounds.
Until this week, all the major developments of your baby have been made and only the final touches are to be made. The pupils of your baby can be able to constrict now. Lungs are the last major organ that will not developed until the last time. However, your baby has already started practicing breath with the help of amniotic fluid. Your baby is around 5 pounds in weight by this stage.
The month nine is all about gaining some weight. In this particular month, your baby will start gaining weight of about one half to three quarters of a pound every week. During the time of birth, your baby may weigh around six to seven pounds. The most important sign that will suggest that your baby has now reached the maturity is the appearance of creases in your baby’s heels.