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BABY DEVELOPMENT DURING PREGNANCY

In this section, you can read about the development of your baby during pregnancy and the processes going on inside your body. Generally, pregnancy lasts for a period of 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last menstruation. In other words, fertilisation does not take place until the third week of pregnancy (depending on the time of ovulation).



WEEKS 3 - 4
Baby is settling into the uterus.

Week 3

Week 4

WEEK 5
Baby is starting to form major organs.
 

WEEK 6
Baby has a visible heartbeat.
 

WEEK 7
Baby's nostrils are visible.
 

WEEK 8
Baby is growing about a millimetre daily.
 

WEEK 9
Baby's toes are developing.
 

WEEKS 10 - 11
Baby's tissues and organs are growing rapidly.

Week 10

Week 11

WEEK 12
Baby has a facial profile.
 

WEEK 13
Baby's teeth and tiny ribs are forming.
 

WEEK 14
Baby weighs about 45 grams. Sex will become apparent soon.
 

WEEK 15
Baby's scalp hair pattern is forming.
 

WEEKS 16 - 17
Baby is able to form facial expressions, play with the umbilical cord and can hear the sound of your heart and voice.

Week 16

Week 17

WEEK 18
Baby weighs about 200 grams. You may become aware of quickening movements.
 

WEEK 19
In baby girls the uterus and vagina are forming.
 

WEEKS 20 - 24
You may feel baby's hiccups as small rhythmic twitches and may also experience braxton hicks contractions.

Week 20

Week 21

Week 23

Week 24

WEEKS 25 - 28
If born at this stage baby might survive. The eyes blink, have eyelashes and can see light.

Week 25

Week 26

Week 27

Week 28

WEEK 29
Baby's bones are fully formed, but still soft and pliable.
 

WEEK 30
Baby is strong enough to grasp a finger.
 

WEEKS 31 - 32
Baby moves more and is lulled to sleep by your movements.

Week 31

Week 32

WEEKS 33 - 34
The bones in baby's skull are not fused yet as they need to overlap during vaginal birth.

Week 33

Week 34

WEEK 35
Baby's hearing is fully developed.
 

WEEK 36
Baby is gaining about 227 grams a week. Movement is more restricted but important to take note of.
 

WEEKS 37 - 38
Baby is fully formed and in the correct, head down position, ready for birth.

Week 37

Week 38

WEEKS 39 - 40
Although baby is now ready for birth, some pregnancies continue until 42 weeks.

Week 39

Week 40
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