Understanding and following the monthly stages of pregnancy and development of your baby can be a fascinating experience. Learn about the changes in fetal development over the course of your pregnancy in an easy month-by-month format. Enjoy the miracle that is growing inside of you!
In the second month baby has grown to 2cm and even has a beating heart! This is the time when the eyes, bones, ankles, elbows and genitals start to form.
As you near the end of the third month, baby is already 7-8cm long and moving, although mothers can’t feel it just yet. All major organs have started to develop and the face starts to look human.
In the fifth month, your baby grows to 20cm and even starts to suck its thumb. Babies have regular patterns of sleep now and mothers can feel baby move.
If expectant mothers still haven’t felt baby moving, they will surely have by now. By the sixth month, baby is 30cm and quite active. By this stage hair has started growing and baby’s lungs are fully developed.
During the eighth month, all of baby’s major development has completed. Baby has almost doubled in weight from the previous month and may start to turn upside down. Baby has now reached 45cm.
By the ninth month baby can be up to 45cm long and weigh anywhere between 2.5 to 4kg. There’s not much room inside your belly for baby to move, so you can certainly feel every movement your baby makes. The baby generally turns upside down with its head in the pelvic region ready to come out!