Week by week pregnancy tracking
The truth is many would-be parents and pregnant mother may be eager to keep track of the growing baby within the womb. It could be out of curiosity as well as to ensure that the baby is growing as expected. It will be really useful to track the baby’s growth week by week during this stage, the results of which can be really exciting and amazing.
Week by week growth analysis of the fetus
- 4th week: At this stage, the embryo will have a tail end and a head, front and back. Beginnings of legs and arms can be noticed with the tiny swellings. Heart starts to beat and embryo is around 0.2” (5 mm) in length.
- 8th week: The body’s major organs are developed like the feet, hands and limbs. There are noticed clear facial features and the head is big. Embryo becomes 1”-1.5” (3-4cm) in length, weight around 0.35 oz (10g).
- 8th to 12th week: Embryo is known now as the fetus, where rapid development takes place. It has a brain, heart, digestive system, muscles and bones. Organs enable to swallow, kick and move head and arms. Kidneys start to urinate and it weighs around 1 oz (28g) and length is 3” (71/2 cm).
- 16th week: Fetus still freely floats in amniotic sac. Skull growth is rapid, bones thicken and abnormalities can be noticed like spina bifida. Fetus weighs around 4.8 oz (135g). Pregnancy growth video can capture every stage.
- 16th to 24th week: Lanugo (fine hairs) develops over fetus skin. Also there is growth of hair and eye lashes. There is witnessed increased fetus movements felt by the expectant mother. It is in foetal position having knees drawn towards chin and back bent. It weighs 400g to 500g.
- 28th week: Fetus weights around 800g to 1000g and is 9.4” (24cm). It is the final stage of the gestation or second trimester period.
- Till 32nd week: Any infection during this stage can be harmful to the child’s brain. Lungs are found maturing, fetus is yet to breathe and body and head are of similar proportions. It weighs around 1600g.
- 36th week: The vital organs of the fetus are matured and skin wrinkles disappear. Lanugo almost disappears and fetus starts to make normal physical movements like kicking, clutching fingers, etc. It needs to be in proper position for birth having head downwards to cervix to ensure baby’s head crown appears first in the vagina. Fetus weighs around 2.5kg and is of 12” (31cm) in length.
- Till 40 weeks (9th month): Fetus hair on head becomes thicker, while skull bones gets harder. Fetus during this stage becomes fully developed. Head starts moving down the uterus having spine parallel to that of the mother. During this stage complications might arise called breech position. The full term fetus of 40 weeks weighs around 2.8 kg to 4 kg.
Recording baby growth during pregnancy week by week is really exciting for the expectant mother and can be kept as a reminder for the future.