Fetal Development : “it’s all about getting excited”
A mother’s joy and happiness begins when a new life starts growing inside her tummy. After confirming the news, a pregnant mother is curious about the life inside the tummy. During the first visit with the Gynecologist a pregnant mother will get to listen to the heartbeat of her child. That moment will be a very emotional and a touching moment one can ever experience in her life.
It is always good to have an idea about the fetal development or the life growing inside. That will help you to be actively connected with the baby even before she is born. Most of the ladies are inquisitive about the fetal growth, basically the conversion of a fetus to a baby inside the tummy.
Glimpse of the fetal development
First Trimester :
During the first 2 months of the pregnancy, baby will grow to a embryo which will eventually develop into a baby. During week 5 and 6, baby’s heart will begin to beat. Also facial features start developing, such as the eyes and nose. At this stage arms with very tiny fingers and legs will start growing. During the last month of this trimester certain main organs such as kidneys, brain, liver, intestine will grow.
Second Trimester :
One of the most significant facts during this trimester is that the gender of the baby will become apparent. Also the circulatory system will begin pumping blood and bones will harden. The baby can see light coming and the eyes tend to open slightly. You will start to feel the baby kick and move. The hearing also improves. The baby can feel the pregnant mother move too. During the later part of the trimester taste buds are developing with a rapid growth in the brain. Babies usually start sucking their thumbs during this trimester.
Third Trimester :
At the beginning of the last trimester of pregnancy, baby’s eyesight develops, which may enable her to sense light filtering in from the outside. She can blink, and her eyelashes have grown. Your baby will now start turning his/her head from side to side. A protective layer of fat is accumulating under the skin, filling out the baby’s arms and legs. Baby’s central nervous system is maturing, as are her lungs. During week 35, kidneys are fully developed and the liver can process some waste products.
A normal, full-term pregnancy can last anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks. Your due date given by the doctor is really an Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD). It’s dated from the first day of your last period, even though you actually conceive two weeks or so after this date. Usually this dating system works well for women who have fairly regular menstrual cycles. I know pregnant mothers are very much excited to meet the life growing inside for the first time. Your Gynecologist will give you a due date, but exactly what will lead up to that moment is unpredictable, and it’s natural to feel nervous too.
Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.