FACTS: The baby is still smaller than your little toe yet has all its main organs in a rudimentary form and in the correct positioning. A brain is already visible through the rice-paper-thin skin revealing every little branching blood vessel beneath.
FACTS: This is the end of the first trimester considered the most intense part of the development of the pregnancy. By now you may have put on an extra 10 per cent of your body weight.
Spinal Cord Your baby’s spinal cord and the brain are now almost complete and the head is beginning to look more human-like. Measuring about 1.3cm long, its limb buds have grown into tiny arms and legs with small ridges that will develop into fingers and toes.
FACTS: Your baby now weighs more than the placenta and is covered in swirls of soft down-like hair covering the body called lanugo.
Foetus Your baby, now called a foetus, has obvious elbows, wrists, ankles and clearly visible fingers and toes. It measures between 3-4.5cm in length and its external sex organs have begun to form.
FACTS: A skilled ultrasound operator can now determine if your baby is a boy or a girl. Although ultrasound scans have become a routine part of antenatal care, you may choose not to have one if your pregnancy is problem-free.
Transparent Skin Your baby may now measure 15cm and weigh up to 125 grams. Its legs are now longer than its arms. Because it has no layer of fat under its skin it will look fragile and thin and through its transparent skin layers you would be able to see the intricate network of blood […]