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Kawartha Lakes Pregnancy Centre

An KLPC Educational Resource

Good Nutrition is essential to a healthy mother and a healthy baby. This link is to the Health Canada guide The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Landmarks of the Development of the Fetus in the Womb:
  • Day 18 (After fertilization): The heart begins to beat.
  • Day 20: Foundations of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system are already established.
  • Day 42: Brain activity can be detected and recorded using an EEG device.
  • Week 7: The fetus has the same finger prints that he/she will have for the rest of his/her life. The jaws form, including teeth buds, in the gums.
  • Week 8: The fetus (which is the Latin word for "young one" or "offspring") is now a little more than an inch long. The kidneys begin to function. The fetus responds to touch and moves away from painful contact.
  • Week 9: The fetus will curve his/her fingers around an object placed in the palm of his/her hand.
  • Week 10: The body of the baby in the womb is virtually complete. The arms, legs, fingers, toes and internal organs of the fetus are present and functioning.
  • Week 12: The fetus now sleeps and will wake up to energetically exercise his/her muscles. He/She will turn its head, open and close its mouth and curl its toes.
  • Week 13: The sexual differentiation is now apparent and hair has begun to grow on his/her head.
  • Month 4: The baby is now 8 - 10 inches in length. The ears are functioning and the little one can hear the mother's voice, heartbeat and external noises.
  • Month 5: The mother is now feeling the movement of her baby. The baby is about 12 inches long.
  • Month 6: The baby's delicate skin is growing. Oil and sweat glands are functioning.
  • Month 7: The baby can now recognize his mother's voice and is able to use the four senses of vision, touch, taste and hearing.
  • Month 8: The skin begins to thicken and a fat layer forms for insulation and nourishment.
  • Month 9: The baby generally now weighs between 5 and 9 pounds and is ready for birth.

Follow this link to the Mayo Clinic's Children's Health Center. Here you will find excellent information on pregnancy and the development of your baby at different stages during your pregnancy. This link takes you to a Due Date Calculator, which helps you calculate your due date, but also shows you pictures of what your baby looks like at 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 11 - 14 weeks and 23 weeks gestational age. A Slide Show of ultra-sound images at the Mayo Clinic website.