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What Your Baby Looks Like Each Month

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The news confirming a pregnancy always gives us butterflies in the stomach (and much more than that)! From the first baby steps (pun intended) until the arrival of the D-Day, the journey of pregnancy keeps springing up one surprise after another. And an expectant mother keeps counting months, weeks, and days until the grand finale. So, quite understandably a 9-month wait is pretty long and restless. A mommy would definitely want to know how her baby is doing, his/her development milestones inside the tummy, and if everything is going fine just like it has to. So, in order to help your restless souls, here is a month-by-month sneak peek of what’s probably happening in your pregnant belly now:

Fertilization

You’ve made it! Rather, the sperm has made it to the ovary – also the reason why you’ve probably missed your current month’s period.

Month 1 Development (At 4 Weeks)

This is when your home pregnancy test shows positive. Your baby is now an embryo. As the embryo attaches itself to the uterus, sometimes it results in slight bleeding called implantation bleeding (1). From here on, the baby’s face and neck structures start forming. Vital organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, stomach, and blood vessels start developing.

Month 2 Development (At 8 Weeks)

The embryo is now a half-inch long fetus. Eyelids, ears, and nose start forming. The arms and legs are formed with distinctly longer fingers and toes.

Month 3 Development (At 12 Weeks)

Your baby is now 2 inches long and slowly starts moving. The doctor may be able to detect the baby’s heartbeat through special instruments. The baby also starts developing sex organs.

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