Your Baby Each Month
– Eyelids form, but remain closed.
– The inner ear begins to develop.
– Bones appear.
– Ankles, wrists, fingers, and toes form.
– The genitals begin to develop.
– By the end of the month, all major organs and body systems have begun to develop.
– Twenty buds for future teeth appear.
– All internal parts are formed, but are not fully developed.
– Fingers and toes continue to grow. Soft nails begin to form.
– Bones and muscles begin to grow.
– The intestines begin to form.
– The backbone is soft and can flex.
– The skin is almost transparent.
– The hands are more developed than the feet.
– The arms are longer than the legs.
– Eyebrows, eyelashes, and fingernails form.
– Arms and legs can flex.
– External sex organs are formed.
– The skin is wrinkled and the body is covered with a waxy coating (vernix) and fine hair (lanugo).
– The placenta is fully formed.
– The outer ear begins to develop.
– The fetus can swallow and hear.
– The neck is formed.
– Kidneys are functioning and begin to produce urine.
– The sucking reflex develops. If the hand floats to the mouth, the fetus may suck its thumb.
– The fetus is more active. You may be able to feel movement.
– The fetus sleeps and wakes regularly.
– Nails grow to the tips of the fingers.
– The gallbladder begins producing bile, which is needed to digest nutrients.
– In girls, the eggs have formed in the ovaries.
– In boys, the testicles begin to descend from the abdomen into the scrotum.
– Real hair begins to grow.
– The brain is rapidly developing.
– The eyes begin to open.
– Finger and toe prints can be seen.
– The lungs are fully formed, but not yet functioning.
– The eyes can open and close and sense changes in light.
– Lanugo begins to disappear.
– The fetus kicks and stretches.
– The fetus can make grasping motions and responds to sound.
– With its major development finished, the fetus gains weight very quickly.
– Bones harden, but the skull remains soft and flexible for delivery.
– The different regions of the brain are forming.
– Taste buds develop and the fetus can taste sweet and sour.
– The fetus may now hiccup.
– The fetus usually turns into a head-down position for birth.
– The skin is less wrinkled.
– The lungs mature and are ready to function on their own.
– Sleeping patterns develop.
– The fetus will gain about 1⁄2 pound per week this month.