Your growing baby

The growth of your baby in your womb is a process that takes up to 40 weeks. Pregnancy is usually broken into three periods or trimesters, each consisting of 3 months. This break up is done in order to make it easier to understand the changes that occur during the different stages of pregnancy.

The following pictures illustrate your baby’s growth and development during the various stages of pregnancy.
1st Trimester
2nd Trimester
3rd Trimester

Month 1
Month 4
Month 7

Month 2
Month 5
Month 8

Month 3
Month 6
Month 9


Tiny limbs open out; these grow into arms and legs.
Formation of heart and lungs; heart starts beating by 22nd day.
Formation of neural tube which later develop into brain and spinal cord.
Your baby is around ¼ inch in length at the end of first month.

Week 4


Most body organs form but do not develop fully.
The Placenta which exchanges nutrients from your body for waste products produced by the baby, begins to develop.
Eyelids form but are closed. Ears, fingers, toes, ankles and wrists also appear.
Your baby is now 1 inch long and weighs less than 28.3 g.

Week 8


Your baby’s nails begin developing.
Small buds start forming in the mouth that later grow into teeth.
Soft hair begins to grow.
As your pregnancy progresses, all the body organs of your baby will develop further and the baby gains weight.
Your baby grows to about 2½–3 inches in length.

Week 12


You continue to nourish your baby through the Umbilical Cord.
Your baby displays movement.
Baby’s skin is pink and transparent.
Your baby is now about 6–7 inches long and weighs about 0.11–0.14 kg.

Week 16


Your baby sleeps and wakes at regular intervals
The baby becomes more energetic and lively and movements become more intense.
Finger and toe prints are formed
The baby is now around 10 inches long and weighs about 0.22–0.45 kg.

Week 20


Eyelids begin to part and the eyes open.
The skin becomes red and wrinkled and covered with fine, soft hair.
At the end of 6 months, your baby is around 12 inches long and weighs about 0.68–0.9 kg.

Week 24


The baby responds to light and sound.
The baby sucks its thumb, opens and closes its eyes.
The baby constantly kicks and stretches its body.
The baby is now about 15–16 inches long and weighs about 1.13–1.36 kg.

Week 28


The brain continues to grow at a fast pace.
Your baby starts rolling around, kicking and stretching.
Sometimes an elbow or heel of the baby against your abdomen can be noticed.
Fingernails grow to the tips of fingers.
Lungs may still not be completely developed.
The baby is now roughly 18–19 inches long and weighs about 1.81–2.27 kg.

Week 32


The ninth month marks the full term of the baby.
The baby's lungs are completely developed and begin to work independently.
The baby gains a little bit of weight.
The baby usually drops into a head-down position and rests lower in your abdomen.
By the end of ninth month, the baby is 19–21 inches long and weighs about 2.72–4.1 kg.
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