Thursday, April 9, 2009

I am 15 Weeks Pregnant - Fetal Development

It says that though I may not know it when it happens, but my tiny tenant frequently gets the hiccups, which babies master before breathing. Babies don't make any sound because their trachea is filled with fluid rather than air.

Although I've probably gained between 5 and 10 pounds / 2.2 - 4.5 kilograms (which I really have!!):

1) The fetus weighs in at around only 2.5 ounces / 70 grams. It measures nearly 4 inches / 11 centimetres long, crown to rump.

2) Legs are growing longer than the arms now, fingernails are fully formed and all the joints and limbs can move.

3) The most exciting of all is, I may be able to find out the sex of my baby by
ultrasound now, since the external genitals may be developed enough that the ultrasound technician can tell you if you're going to have a boy or a girl.

... but I won't be having my next scan by 20th week which will be on the 2nd week of May....

If the idea of having a baby seems so remote, nothing makes it feel more real than
feeling your baby move for the first time. Most mums-to-be discern movement (called quickening) between 16 and 20 weeks. If you've been pregnant before, you'll feel things earlier rather than later. What you may first think is a rumbling stomach may be your baby doing some back flips. Make note of when you first start feeling the baby and tell your midwife at your next visit. This middle stage of pregnancy is a good time to start exercising.

• Note: Experts say every baby develops differently - even in utero. These fetal development pages are designed to give a general idea of how a fetus grows in the womb.

Source: Baby Centre UK