The birth cycle of a baby starts when the fertilized egg inside a woman’s womb begins to grow. The different stages of a woman’s pregnancy are known as trimesters in other words, three monthly or quarterly periods.
Each stage that occurs every month has different types of changes in the egg which is called a fetus after 8 weeks of developing and growing inside a woman. The baby is called a fetus from that time till the time he/she comes out of the woman’s womb and till she gives birth.
Development Of Fetus
Stages In The Development Of Fetus
The development and growth of a baby fetus occur through many different stages. The egg or embryo goes through many changes when inside the woman’s body. Weeks after fertilization, the baby fetus grows its first nerve and when an ultrasound is performed, one can actually see the shape of the growing fetus through its monthly stages. Below is a brief description of the stages clubbed together to help you understand the stages of growth of a fetus.
Month 1 And Month 2
During the growth of the egg, in these months, a special sac filled with fluid is formed around the embryo to keep it safe and cushioned. A placenta is also grown during these months that help transfer food and special nutrients from the mother to the growing baby. In these months, the throat, the mouth, the jaw, the blood cells develop and circulation of blood starts to take place. Bones, arms, legs, fingers, spinal cord, the brain, and other major organs begin to grow.
Months 3 And 4 In The Development Of Fetus
In these months a baby’s feet arms and fingers are fully formed Nails on the toes and fingers are beginning to develop and the babies teeth also begin to grow. At this stage the mother would begin to feel movement in her stomach as the baby can now move. Hair on the eyelids, head and brows are also growing at this stage. The vital organs are now fully developed and this is when doctors can tell whether it is a boy or a girl.
Months 5, 6 And 7 Of A Growing Fetus
During this time a mother would feel kicks as the baby has grown muscles and is excising them. A thin like hair is grown on the baby to protect it and this hair falls off during one week after birth. The skin of the baby is reddish at this stage and its veins can be seen as well. The eyes can be opened as well and the baby begins to grow body fat. At this stage the baby is around 14 inches in length.
The Last 2 Months Of A Growing Fetus
In this stage the baby continues to grow inside the mother. Body fat, the brain, hearing, the internal system and the lungs develop in this stage. The baby is able to blink, move, turn his or her head, respond and react to movement and sound as well. At this time the baby has less space inside you to move as he or she has grown, hence making it ready for your baby to come out!
These are the brief stages of what happens during the 9 months that a baby is inside the mother’s womb. The baby goes through many changes and after it all is ready for the outside world. The mother goes through the whole ordeal along with the baby and this is considered as the best thing that could ever happen to a woman!