Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Babies' sensory development is exploding! Their brains are designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that they may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
Babies weigh about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Their arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of their bodies now. Their kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on their scalps is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on their skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Head to rump, babies are about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and weigh almost 7 ounces. They're busy flexing arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Blood vessels are visible through the thin skin, and their ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from their heads a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around their nerves, a process that will continue for a year after they're born. The girl's uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your babies will double their weight and add inches to their length. Right now, they're about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. Their legs are much more developed, their heads are more erect than they have been, and the eyes have moved closer to the front of the head. Their ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of the scalp has begun, though their locks aren't recognizable yet. They've even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, their hearts are now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as the babies continue to develop.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Your growing babies now measure about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weigh in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). They're busy moving amniotic fluid through their nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in their lungs begin to develop. Their legs are growing longer than their arms now, and they can move all of their joints and limbs. Although their eyelids are still fused shut, they can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, they're likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but he/she is forming taste buds.
I will post a belly pic tomorrow.