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About Baby

Your baby has successfully completed the first trimester and has now entered the second trimester. Your growing baby is roughly three inches long and weighs approximately 0.7 to 0.8 ounces. Your child is now the size of a peach! Baby’s head is roughly half the size of its body right now, but as the body continues to grow it will become more proportionate. From here on out, growth rates vary slightly as babies follow different developmental paths.

Baby’s vocal cords are developing this week, but since sound can’t travel through the uterus you won’t hear any sounds or cries yet. No worries though, since they’ll get quite the workout upon arrival!

Baby’s bone marrow will begin to produce white blood cells, which will help fight the inevitable viral infections and scraped knees that will occur one day. Brain function continues to develop as your baby’s brain begins to develop hormones from the pituitary gland. Nerve cells multiply and the brain begins communicating with the muscles, allowing for movement like flexing the elbows and closing a fist.

Your baby’s eyes are growing closer together and they now look more like a tiny human. A soft, downy hair called lanugo covers the baby to protect its delicate skin and provide warmth, but it will shed before it’s born.

The intestines continue to grow and the pancreas starts to produce insulin, which is necessary to regulate sugar after baby is born. Baby’s tiny bones continue to harden, forming ankles and wrists. Baby may even finagle its thumb into its mouth, which will help self-sooth later in life. Tiny little fingerprints form on baby’s tiny little fingers, making your sweet child completely unique!

About Momma

You may continue to experience some first trimester symptoms, such as morning sickness, but you should definitely enjoy the second trimester more. Don’t be alarmed though if you experience an increase in vaginal discharge. The discharge, known as leucorrhea, is your body’s natural way of keeping the birth canal healthy and free of infection. If it becomes problematic, simply use a panty liner to prevent a mess.

Your uterus is now filling your pelvic area and will start to feel like a soft, smooth ball. There’s still plenty of room for baby to grow but as baby grows, so does the placenta. Now that your uterus has shifted to allow your baby to grow more, you may experience some abdominal pains. The ligaments supporting your belly will stretch and pull, which can be painful for some women. While it’s completely normal, you may feel the need to call your healthcare provider if the pain becomes too severe.

Nine Months From Now...

Your baby is already three months old and has officially graduated to infant status! Your bundle of joy likely has good control of their neck and can sit up with assistance. If given the chance your baby may be able to bear some weight on its legs, but don’t be alarmed if they’re not ready because that’s perfectly normal. Some little ones may start holding their little hands together, which is a great sign of development. While they still seem to enjoy their own hands and fingers most, they are able to hold onto toys and will be drawn to certain items that entice them. Baby will spend more time awake throughout the day, but hopefully that also means more time asleep throughout the night!

Time is flying and your sweet child is now smiling up a storm. You will likely get adorable chuckles as well, which will only encourage you to laugh in return. Baby’s personality and unique characteristics will soar as your bond continues to grow. Your child is becoming more and more aware of their surroundings and will be intrigued by new sounds and sights. Enjoy your time together and don’t forget to take pictures!

*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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