October 17, 2023

Embryo's first 8 weeks.

During the first trimester a baby changes from a single fertilized cell to an embryo.  Organs take shape, and the baby starts to move. 

•Baby’s Bones:  Week 6 the baby starts to sprout arms, legs, hands and feet, week 10 fingers and toes

•Hair and nails: Between week 7 and 8. The skin begins to form with hair follicles.  Around week 8  the nail beds start forming.

•Digestive system:  By week 8 the baby’s intestines will begin to form, the baby will have already gone through two sets of kidneys; there is a third and final set on its way.

•Sense of touch: Around about 8 weeks the baby will have touch receptors on its lips and nose.  By week 12 it will have receptors on his genitals, palms and soles of his or her feet. 

•Eyesight:  Optic nerves and lenses begin to form by week 4, around week 8 the retina begins to form.

•Heart: The tube that becomes the baby’s heart begins to beat spontaneously by week 5.  It will become stronger and more regular and around 9/10 weeks and you will be able to hear it at a screening test with  your health worker.

•Brain: At about week 8 your baby’s brain will be wiggling its developing limbs.

•Sense of taste:  The baby has developed taste buds that connect to its brain by week 8, but it will need taste buds before it can taste the surrounding amniotic fluid.

To keep track of your new baby's weekly developments, download 'My Pregnancy Journey' tracker app, available on any of the App Stores.

*All of our information are only guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice of a professional medical specialist; we are providing information to you on a general information basis only.  My Pregnancy Journey disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. 

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