Your Baby's Development
Marveling over a baby's tiny fingers and toes is one of the joys of the first
day of life. Those fingers and toes are just beginning to form this week, and
the arms can even flex at the elbows and wrists. The eyes are becoming more obvious
because they’ve begun to develop pigment (color) in the retina (back of the
Also, the intestines are getting longer and there isn’t enough
room for them in the baby’s abdomen, so they protrude into the umbilical cord
until week 12.
By now, the beginnings of the buds that will develop into your baby's genitals
have made their appearance, although they've not yet developed enough to reveal whether
your baby is a boy or a girl.
Pregnancy symptoms such as a missed period, nausea, extreme fatigue,
or tight clothes due to the swelling of your uterus have probably prompted you to
wonder whether you're pregnant. Once you have confirmation of your pregnancy from
a home pregnancy test or blood or urine test at the doctor's office, schedule your
first prenatal visit.
Good prenatal care is extremely important for the health and safe delivery of your
baby, so be sure to make prenatal appointments a top priority. If your pregnancy is considered high-risk
(for example, if you have had multiple miscarriages, are older than 35, or have a
history of pregnancy complications), your doctor may want to see you as early as possible
and more often during the course of your pregnancy.
PREGNANCY CALENDAR: A week-by-week
- Trimester 1
- Trimester 2
- Trimester 3