Friday, September 19, 2008

Baby at 12 weeks

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I remember 25+ years ago living this in my life for the very first time. I was overwhelmed at the wonder of life growing within me. I loved learning about every change to my baby all along the way.

How someone can deny this to be a life is beyond my comprehension.

Tess said...

Amazing.. So little but such a miracle!