Week 7 to 9
A lot will happen this couple of weeks. From eyes, to esophagus, to the brain.
By 7 weeks
The limb buds start to form cartilage, which will later develop into the bones of the legs and arms.
More digestive organs are starting to develop, including your baby’s stomach and esophagus which moves food from your baby’s mouth to his stomach.
The head grows faster than the rest of the body at this time as a result of how the brain is growing.
The main parts of the eye: the cornea, iris,pupil, lens, and retina start developing this week.
Also, the inner ears start to develop and nerve cells continue to multiply.
Your little one’s liver and pancreas also start to develop this week.
By 8 weeks your baby is about the size of a kidney bean
Although the different parts of the legs are not fully developed at this stage, your baby’s legs are getting longer.
Your baby is called a foetus at this stage. The foetus is still in its amniotic sac and the placenta is continuing to develop, forming structures that help attach the placenta to the wall of the womb.
The eyes are becoming more obvious and the arms can even flex at the elbows and wrists.
A network of nerves is developing, connecting to each other and also with muscles and other tissues.
Although your baby’s sex cannot be determined now, the buds that will eventually develop into your baby’s genitals are taking form right now.
The intestines are also getting longer and are protruding into the umbilical cord until week 12 for lack of space in the baby’s abdomen.
Your baby’s respiratory system is developing and breathing tubes extend from her throat to the branches of her developing lungs.
At 9 weeks
Your baby is the size of a grape and measures about one inch. More excitingly, your baby’s body parts are beginning to develop and he’s looking like a tiny human being.
Your baby’s face is slowly forming, the eyes are bigger and have some colour in them, there’s a mouth and a tongue as well. The tip of the nose has developed as well and can be seen.
The digestive system continues to develop, the intestines are growing longer and the anus is developing.
Your baby’s head is still quite large compared with the rest of the body.
Organs such as heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain continue to develop.
Testes and ovaries start to develop this week as well.
Pregnancy symptoms during this period
Tiredness: Some women begin to feel sick or tired around this time
Morning sickness still persists for some women
Growing breasts: You’ll notice your breasts are getting bigger and sore. Rising levels of hormones can cause your breasts to grow a they prepare for lactation. Now will be a good time to invest in a more supportive larger cup bra than what you’re used to.
Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharges can occur during pregnancy and there is nothing abnormal about them. Inform your doctor if these discharges are smelly or if you experience painful urination. This might be a sign of an infection and needs to be checked as soon as possible as some infections can harm a pregnancy.
Heightened sense of smell: This has been linked to the increasing levels of estrogen in your system, and this may even cause you to have some food aversions or to dislike a particular scent. There are ways to cope with these symptoms here.
Frequent urination is one of the signs of pregnancy and is caused by hormonal changes that make blood flow to the kidneys more often, leading to a full bladder that needs emptying every now and then.
Mood swings: Don’t be scared if you notice that you are moody sometimes with no apparent reason. These emotions are likely caused by stress, fatigue, and the hormonal changes occurring in your body at the same time. These feelings are normal and should settle down as the weeks go by.
Always consult your doctor if you are worried about any of your symptoms. Remember that no two pregnancies are the same and bodies differ, so do not compare yourself to any other person.
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