Your Baby Each Month

Second

–     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.

Third

–     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.

Fourth

–     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.

Fifth

–     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.

Sixth

–     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.

Seventh

–     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.

Eight

–     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.

Ninth

–     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.

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