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The third month of pregnancy

The Third Month of Pregnancy

 

Your pregnancy: weeks 9-13. Your silhouette may still be showing nothing, but you begin to feel that the baby is there. Around the 12th week is the time for the first ultrasound and where you can see your baby for the first time.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

9 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s facial features take shape.

By now, your baby’s heart is beating inside you and your little bundle of joy is now called a fetus. The heart has divided into four chambers and valves have started to form. The embryo is 2.5 centimetres long and weighs just a few grams and has started looking more and more human. It already has essential body parts, even though they will go through plenty of changes in the coming months.  The external sex organs have developed but cannot be distinguished for a few more weeks. The eyes are fully formed but they won’t open until 28 weeks. Tiny earlobes, mouth, nose and nostrils are more distinct now.

 

10 Weeks Pregnant

The kidneys, intestines, brain and liver are now in place.

Your baby’s organs start functioning in the coming weeks. The kidneys, intestines, brain and liver start working. Your baby can bend its tiny limbs – the hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over the heart. The feet may be long enough to meet in front of the body.   The baby develops tiny teeth buds beneath the gums and the ‘tail’ is completely gone.   The spine outline is clearly visible through translucent skin and nerves are beginning to stretch out from the spinal cord.

 

11 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby seems to be fully formed now.

Now over 5cm long, your baby continues to move as it grows. The movements at this stage are quite effortless and smooth. Some bones will now start to harden and tiny wrists will soon open and close.

 

12 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s movements get more pronounced now.

The fingers will begin to open and close, toes will curl, eye muscles will clench and the mouth will make sucking movements. The nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and synapses are forming in the brain. The baby’s face looks unquestionably human – the eyes have moved from the sides to the front of the head and the ears are also in position. The baby is still just over 5centimetres long and weighs about 15 grams.

 

13 Weeks Pregnant – The start of your second trimester

Your baby has its own distinct fingerprints already!

Fingerprints have started forming on your baby’s tiny fingertips. The baby is around 8 centimetres long now and veins and organs are clearly visible through the translucent skin. The body now begins to grow in proportion to the head, which until now was a third of the body size.

 

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