Your Baby's Development: Pregnancy Week 7
Five weeks after conception, your baby is now already the size of a grain of rice, about of 0.2 to 0.52 inches (5 to 13 millimeters) in length and about 0.03 ounces (0.8 grams) in weight. Arms and legs continue to grow, although the fingers and toes haven’t quite started to develop, but what is developing are the lenses of the eyes, nostrils, intestines, pancreas and bronchi. As your baby’s face begins to take shape, the mouth perforation, miniature nostrils, ear indentations, and the pigmentation in the irises of the eyes are some of the changes taking place.
This week the umbilical cord, which provides nourishment and disposes of the baby's wastes, develops from the implantation site of the blastocyst. In addition, the baby's digestive tract and lungs continue to form. At this point, should you be pregnant with twins, some of the early signs that you are, would be:
- Faster rate of weight gain
- Greater tendency to retain water
- Increased fatigue.
Reduce your baby's chances of neural tube defects by taking high in folic acid, like those from Biotegrity. Their prenatal vitamins also have increased levels of vitamin B12, to promote the growth of the fetal nervous system, and come in extra small capsules for easy swallowing.
The good news is that you will more than likely be in the final stages of your pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness and fatigue should be starting to let up now. Being pregnant, you may have lost a few pounds, or gained a few. Either are normal at this stage of your pregnancy.
Now at a length: from crown to rump and a weight of 0.03 ounces (0.8 grams), your baby is constantly adapting to life inside the uterus. Around this time you’ll develop a mucous plug, which forms in the opening of the cervical canal and seals off the uterus to protect your growing child. Eventually you'll lose this plug as your cervix dilates in preparation for labor.
You can watch your baby develop right on your computer screen! With the expectantSee™ pregnancy calendar/screensaver, you can see animated illustrations of a baby that develops along with your own pregnancy. It also has lots of practical information for the pregnant woman.
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