For women who are pregnant for the first time, the feeling of excitement, fear, happiness and nervousness could all get mixed up. Everything is new to them and they don’t have the accurate idea of what will happen to them and the baby the next few weeks.
They might ask too how their body and the baby would cope up with eachother. Questions like when will their baby respond? When can they expect for the baby to kick? What happens to the baby inside during the time that there’s no movement? All of these and baby milestones will be discussed in this article. Through this, the mother will have a perfect guide on what she can expect the next few weeks.
Important Baby Milestones in the Womb
•Development After Conception
A few days after conception, the fertilized egg has divided into many cells and moved its way to uterus by passing through the fallopian tube. It will then stick to the uterine wall and develops into a fetus inside the uterus.
•Physical Development of the Fetus
At 4 weeks, the fetus starts developing into a structure forming its head, face and little body. At 8 weeks, the eyes starts to develop, heart, lungs and other body organ starts to get stronger. At 12 weeks, the face will become much more detailed, the fingers will grow taller, the sex organ will become much clearer, but still too early to identify at times. At this point, your baby bump will finally start showing. The fetus will look like a real baby now, only that it’s still very tiny.
•Little Physical Movements
At 20 weeks of pregnancy, your little one is already capable of doing little movements independently. He will be able to kick, though not that strong. He can blink his eyes, move his fingers, and sometimes yawn.
•Baby’s Activities in the Womb
By 24 weeks and above, he’ll be moving around the uterus more often. Kicks will get stronger. He can respond and connect to mommy when the belly is rubbed. He can feel the sensation. He likes sleeping when mommy is actively moving around because it will feel like he’s being rocked inside.
As mommy enters her thirs trimester of pregnancy, baby starts getting ready for the Big Day too. He will become much more active. False contractions might start already. The baby will start getting into the right position. He kick and move more often, he could have hiccups more often too.
By about 36-40 weeks, the baby is alreadyin full term and ready to come out. The contractions will come more often and mommy’s back will surely feel tired and painful from the weight too. Get ready for the grand entrance!
All the hardship and challenges along with the bond and love being shared by mommy and the growing baby will soon become just a memory. It’s really not easy to carry a developing baby inside your womb for 9 long months. All the physical, emotional and mental challenges could be hard. But once the baby is out, you can finally say that it’s all worth it now that you’re finally holding the world right in the palm of your hands.