Fetal Development Week 30
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Welcome to your fetal development video update for week 30 of pregnancy, where your image of baby as a chubby-cheeked, adorable infant is more accurate every day. In fact, if you were to give birth today, your infant would have a great chance at survival.
Transcript: Once your fetus resembled a tadpole, and then a monkey, and next a wrinkly old person-but now, your...
Once your fetus resembled a tadpole, and then a monkey, and next a wrinkly old person-but now, your fetus looks like a real, chubby-cheeked baby! Your baby continues to put on layers of fat this week, which helps contribute to your baby's more human appearance. Your little one's still growing and weighs about three pounds at this point. Picture a head of cabbage and you'll get the idea! About a pint of amniotic fluid surrounds your baby now, although that amount will continue to decrease as your little one grows. Your baby is now quite aware of your internal surroundings. Your little one is now blinking and listening to sounds, in both his liquid environment and the exterior one that awaits him. In preparation for birth, your baby continues to practice breathing, swallowing and-by sucking on that thumb-nursing. Baby teeth are all fully formed under the gums and eyesight continues to develop. As such, premature babies born now have about a 9 in 10 chance of surviving and thriving. For more on your little one's continuing development, get your 31st week video update right here!More »
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Your baby’s senses are fully developed by the eighth month of pregnancy, so you should expect a lot of movement. Learn more in our video on Pregnancy Weeks 29 to 32.
Transcript: By your eighth month, you're probably feeling your active baby's movements all the time ...and it's little...
By your eighth month, you're probably feeling your active baby's movements all the time ...and it's little wonder: all five of his or her senses are now responding to stimuli! At this point, your baby weights about four pounds and measures up to 19 inches long! He or she is also developing white fat deposits. White fat is the same kind of fat in your body. It smoothes out your baby's wrinkly skin and turn it opaque, while also serving as an energy source. No wonder your Energizer Bunny is doubling up on pokes, kicks, and jabs. Now is a good time to ensure that your baby is moving about as much as he or she should be. After a snack, lie down and keep track of your baby's movements for about an hour...you should feel your baby move at least ten times in the sixty minutes. Your baby is also making "headway" in the brain department. The formerly smooth brain will start to develop grooves this month, a sign that tissue mass is increasing. During the squirmy days of this month, your baby will typically settle into a head-down position in your uterus. This is partly for comfort and partly for birth preparation. So how is all this movement making YOU feel? Probably pretty worn out! During the eighth month of pregnancy, many of those unpleasant symptoms, like an increased need to urinate, tender breasts and fatigue, all return with a vengeance. You may also be experiencing bouts of heartburn. That's because your muscles are relaxed, causing digestive juices to splash up into your esophagus. Add your pushed up tummy to the mix and...OUCH! You can ease the pain of heartburn by eating smaller meals and avoiding triggers, like chocolaty, spicy, fatty, and acidic foods. Antacids can also help. If you're like 40 percent of pregnant women, you're also dealing with swollen, varicose veins this month. Increased blood volume during pregnancy is responsible for this hereditary condition. Gentle daily exercise, refraining from staying in one position for too long, and support stockings may all help to ease the discomfort of veins. An exciting change in your body this month is the start of Braxton Hicks contractions. These mild spasms in your uterus help your body to gear up for the big day and are a normal part of your pre-labor process. As you get closer to that due date, Braxton Hicks contractions may become stronger and last longer, even causing mild pain. Remember though, if the contractions don't go away, or if they become stronger and painful, you may be in REAL labor, so consult your doctor! You're on your last leg now, mom, and doing great! Your baby's five senses are ready to go and will soon see, feel, touch, taste, and smell you, from the outside, at last.More »
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In week 29 of pregnancy, moms need to up their calcium intake. Watch this video to find out why fetuses need more starting now.
Transcript: Your baby's calcium requirements increase in the third trimester; your little one will soak up 250 milligrams...
Your baby's calcium requirements increase in the third trimester; your little one will soak up 250 milligrams EVERY DAY! Calcium is deposited in your baby's ever hardening skeleton. This nutrient is so vital that your baby will leach calcium from YOUR bones if you don't meet calcium demands with your food intake! Foods like broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, whole sesame seeds, and dairy are good sources of this important nutrient. If you don't think you're getting enough in your diet, talk to your clinician about supplementation. All of this bone development should mean a continuous increase in kicks, jabs, and even little punches this week. If you notice a DECREASE in movement, however, your doctor will recommend counting your baby's movements. A healthy fetus should be moving at least ten times per hour. Your baby continues to grow during your 29th week, weighing in at a butternut squash's two and a half pounds, and measuring 15 inches from tip to toe. Additionally, those muscles, lungs and immune system continue to mature during this week. Want to know what's next on your baby's development schedule? Check back right here for your 30th week video update.More »
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During fetal development week 31, your baby is very busy….urinating into the amniotic fluid. See what else your baby is up to now!
Transcript: One of your baby's activities at 31 weeks? Releasing several cups of urine into his or her amniotic...
One of your baby's activities at 31 weeks? Releasing several cups of urine into his or her amniotic fluid each day. This may sound a little weird to you. After all, your little one also swallows amniotic fluid to MAKE that urine. But don't worry-your baby's liquid home is fully replaced several times a day. In fact, your doctor will measure your levels of amniotic fluid during routine ultrasounds. An excess of fluid, called polyhydramnios, may mean that your baby isn't swallowing properly, or that he or she is experiencing a gastrointestinal obstruction. Too little fluid, or oligohydramnios, meanwhile, could indicate a problem with the kidneys or urinary tract. Luckily, these conditions are fairly rare! In other baby news, your little one is preparing for a last major growth spurt before birth. This week, your baby measures 16 inches and weighs about 3.3 pounds, about weight of four navel oranges. Your little one is continuing to put on fat, the skin is becoming smoother, and he or she is probably kicking up a storm. If these acrobatic antics keep you up at night, take heart: An active baby is a healthy baby! This is also an opportunity to prepare yourself for your baby's natural rhythms. Check back in next week for your baby development video update.More »
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During week 8 you will be growing a kidney bean sized fetus that has started to develop fingers and toes. Learn more about this through the video.
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During week 12 of pregnancy, your baby is in the process of finding its voice as its vocal cords develop. Find out what else happens during this week by watching this video.
Transcript: This week is a big one for your fetus, as your little one learns what it means to respond reflexively....
This week is a big one for your fetus, as your little one learns what it means to respond reflexively. As those reflexes develop, your baby's tiny hands will open and close, toes will curl, eyelids will clench, and that small mouth will begin to suck. In fact, if you gently prod your abdomen now, your little one will squirm, although you still won't be able to feel his or her response! Equally exciting this week is the official functioning of your baby's kidneys. As your baby swallows nutrient-rich amniotic fluid, those kidneys will convert it to urine, which will be sent to the bladder. And your fetus grows to slightly more than two inches by the end of week 12, meaning that your future baby is now officially the size of a small lime. This growth means that your fetus's intestines-which previously protruded into the umbilical cord-can now begin to move into the abdomen. In addition, vocal cords are now fully developed this week, which, incidentally, is the last week of your first trimester. To see what's up for the beginning of your second trimester, check back next week for your latest video update!More »
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Week 21 of your pregnancy will see a number of exciting changes in your baby. Check out this video and find out about the changes your baby will go through.
Transcript: Your fetus still relies on you for most things, but this week, your baby will start to learn a whole...
Your fetus still relies on you for most things, but this week, your baby will start to learn a whole new lesson in self-reliance. Although your baby still gets most of his or her nourishment directly from you via the placenta, your little one's intestines have further developed, and your baby will begin absorbing small amounts of sugar from the amniotic fluid. During week 21, your ever-growing fetus weighs about of a pound and is comparable to a carrot's ten and a half inches in length. If you're having a little girl, her vaginal canal will start to form this week. And no matter your fetus's sex, his or her bone marrow spaces are now developed enough to start making red blood cells. Previously, this was done by your baby's liver and spleen, but both of these organs will retire red blood cell production in the coming weeks. Phew! If you think this week was interesting, check back to see the surprises that wait in week 22!More »
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During week 22 of fetal development, your baby will start sucking on its thumb. Check out this video for more information about this developmental stage.
Transcript: This week your fetus will begin to discover its sense of touch. Because your baby's brain and nerve...
This week your fetus will begin to discover its sense of touch. Because your baby's brain and nerve endings are almost fully formed, he or she will begin experimenting with this newfound sense! As such, an ultrasound may show your baby stroking his face, sucking her thumb, or feeling other body parts. And now that your fetus has officially hit the one pound, 11-inch mark, he'll really start to look like a person this week. Of course, he's still covered with that downy coating of lanugo, and he also sports deep wrinkles of skin on his body. But don't worry: Before your fetus is ready to be born, he'll shed that fur and will also fill in the wrinkles with oh-so-pinchable baby fat! In other developments, a baby girl's vagina is almost fully formed now, while a boy's testes will begin to descend this week. And deep within your baby's belly, the pancreas continues to grow and get ready to produce vital hormones. Want to know more? Check back right here for your weekly fetal development update!More »
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During week 23 of pregnancy, you'll become more aware of your baby's movements. Find out more about this by watching the video.
Transcript: Can you believe that just a few weeks ago you could barely discern your baby's fluttering movements?...
Can you believe that just a few weeks ago you could barely discern your baby's fluttering movements? By now, there's no doubt that you'll feel your little martial artist as he or she kicks, squirms, and somersaults in your belly. In fact, you'll be so attuned to your little one's movements that you'll know your fetus's sleep/wake schedules. This can be frustrating if they're different from your own, but just look at this as great practice for your baby's eventual arrival! The reason it's so easy to feel your fetus now is that your baby is much bigger. In fact, your little one weighs in at about one pound. And as your baby grows, he continues to prepare for the real world with ever keener senses. In particular, your fetus's hearing will allow him to discern loud, disruptive noises, like the dog barking or the vacuum cleaner. Exposure to these sounds in the womb will mean that your baby will unlikely be fazed by them once he arrives-which is good news for you! For more on your baby's impressive development, check back right here for your weekly video update.More »
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Just like any other week in your pregnancy, week 25 will bring a number of changes as your baby grows-- think hair! Find out more by watching this video.
Transcript: Week 25 is a period of continued growth for your baby. Your fetus will continue to make his or her presence...
Week 25 is a period of continued growth for your baby. Your fetus will continue to make his or her presence known with kicks and jabs, which you may notice most at night. If your fetus is prone to sleeping the most during YOUR day, it's because the movements of your active body are soothing. Your baby's grown a full inch and a half since last week, and now measures in at about thirteen and a half inches. He's bigger too, and that pound and a half frame can be compared in size to a rutabaga. And while your baby has been covered with downy lanugo for some time, he'll start growing additional hair on that little head this week. To find out what week 26 brings, check back right here for your next video update!More »
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Did you know that by fetal development week 26 your baby measures more than 12 inches? Find out more by watching this video.
Transcript: As your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the...
As your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the big day! Sure, your fetus still looks a bit wrinkly, but that booming baby is almost two full pounds by his 26th week, and should measure somewhere around 14-inches from crown to rump, which is about the size of an English hothouse cucumber. Your fetus continues to practice for life outside the womb, inhaling and exhaling small amounts of your amniotic fluid. That little heart keeps beating a strong rhythm, which you may be able to hear with just a basic stethoscope now. Plus, the nerve pathways in your baby's ears continue to develop, and you may notice that your baby frequently jumps at loud sounds. Interesting to note, the baby also responds to strong vibrations like the bass at rock concerts. If you're not already doing so, make a point to talk to your baby from here on out, and encourage your partner to follow suit. After all, your voices are one of the first things your little one will recognize outside the womb. Check back next week to see what your baby has in store for the start of your third trimester!More »
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Do you want to find out how much your baby weighs during fetal development week 28? Think Chinese cabbage. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something...
Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something in common with your fetus this week! It's true: Your rapidly developing baby hits the two pound, two ounce mark this week, and weighs roughly the same as this little known cabbage. In addition, your little one measures 14.8 inches from head to heels, or ten inches from crown to rump. At your next pre-natal appointment, it's possible to tell, by palpating the belly, whether your baby is lying headfirst or feet-first in your womb. Babies who are in the breech-or feet-first-position have almost three months left to turn around-and most fetuses do. Some babies may remain in the breech position and may need to be delivered via c-section. In other news, your baby's eyes are open and blinking now. In fact, your baby may sense light filtering through your stomach. Plus, that little brain is ever expanding, developing billions of tiny neurons in preparation for life outside the womb. Want to know what will happen at the beginning of your sixth month? You know where to turn for next week's facts!More »
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Want to find out what your baby looks like inside the womb during week 32? Check out this video for more information.
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