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The Baby

Week 1

You’re not exactly pregnant in the first two weeks of pregnancy, and the baby hasn’t begun to form yet. Your body is getting ready to ovulate and the lining of your uterus is thickening as it slowly primes itself for the egg to be fertilized and transforms into a soft bed.

Currently, we have no way of knowing the exact moment the sperm and the egg meet, and that is why doctors take the first day of your last period as the standard be-ginning date of pregnancy.

Week 2

 Your egg is ready to be fertilized.

Week 3

Your egg meets the sperm and is fertilized. Only one out of an average of two million sperms can make it to the egg and start fertilization. That in itself is a miracle…

The placenta and baby begin to form. It all starts with a single cell and quickly multiplies. Your baby will turn into millions of cells this week.

It looks nothing like a fetus or a baby and is only the size of a pinhead, but that will all change very soon.

The embryo growing inside of you is tiny at the moment. It’s actually made up of a group of cells, but those cells are multiplying and growing rapidly. As the cells keep dividing, the embryo moves through the fallopian tube and reaches the uterus.

 

Week 4

Your baby is as small as a sesame seed within the placenta and is slowly get-ting settled into your body. It has now reached the uterus and is trying to figure out a permanent spot in the uterine lining to live until birth. After it’s firmly settled in its place, this ball of cells will go through a great divide and split into two groups. Half of those cells will belong to the baby while the other half makes up the placenta. The amniotic sac and the yolk sac are also formed in this period. Each of the three layers of the em-bryo grows and begins to form specific parts of the body.

The endoderm, which is the inner layer of the embryo will grow into the baby’s digestive system, liver, and lungs.

The middle layer, known as the mesoderm, will soon be forming your baby’s heart, sex organs, bones, kidneys, and muscles whereas the outer layer named ecto-derm, will form your baby’s nervous system, hair, skin, and eyes.

Week 5

A baby that’s growing as expected is at this time the size of a pomegranate seed. The heart and the circulatory system of the baby are the first to become operational.

Week 6

The baby is still tiny, 2-4 mm in size and about as big as a pea, and is doing its very best to grow. Even though it can’t be heard yet, its heart beats 130-150 times a minute, twice as fast as the mother’s. The baby’s brain also grows to fill the now-formed and expanding head.

Week 7

The baby, who is now the size of a small hazelnut, and the body of the moth-er are in perfect harmony. Soon-to-be mothers should remind themselves of that from time to time because nausea, vomiting, and other uncomfortable sensations may lead them to think that something is wrong. But it’s all a part of the process, the natural flow, and there is no need to panic… The baby’s developing skull is still transparent at this stage when the mouth and the tongue begin to form.

Week 8

Your baby begins to look like a human being as its eyelids, ears, fingers, and toes start to form. Although fingers and toes still look like the webbed feet of ducks, this look keeps changing. Your baby tries to grow a little bigger to form its internal organs and its tiny little nose begins to take shape.

Week 9

Your baby is now around 2.5 centimeters in size, about as big as a mid-sized olive. Its fingers and toes are still forming and its hands look like they’re bent at the wrists, which will soon change.

During this period and throughout your pregnancy, maintaining a healthy sexu-al relationship with your partner does not harm the baby in any way. If you are worried about having sex during pregnancy, you can always consult your doctor and voice your concerns. Keep in mind that having sex is what created your baby and it wants its mother to continue giving and receiving love. Having sexual intercourse, being touched lovingly may also help balance the release of hormones in your body and help you feel happier and more relaxed.

Week 10

Your baby is now the size of a medium-sized strawberry and all of its organs are starting to take shape. The risky embryonic period is over and the fetal period has started. The speed of your baby’s growth will keep increasing from here on out. Teeny-tiny fingers and toes are beginning to separate, the nails are coming out and bones begin to form.

Week 11

During this week, your baby starts to look a little less like an alien and more like a little human being. The growth speed keeps increasing and your baby’s brain produces 250.000 neurons a minute. Blood vessels in the placenta will also increase in number and grow in size to keep up with the growth spurt and more efficiently trans-fer nutrients to the baby.

Your baby will be constantly moving at this point. Its head is growing and getting more straight. The baby is changing positions, stretching, and trying all the time to be-come stronger. You, however, will not be feeling these movements for a while. Your baby is getting ready to come out into the world, it will need its strength soon.

There is a certain, precious understanding that needs to be present in mind and heart starting from this period, or maybe even earlier; and it’s the fact that the birth will take place with the cooperation of the mother and the baby. 

It means that the mother and the baby need to work together for the birth. I only comprehended the true meaning of that during my birth. As the labor kept getting long-er, all I cared about was whether my daughter had a healthy heartbeat. I can’t even begin to tell you how it spurred me when my doctor said that everything was okay and that my baby girl had a strong heartbeat. I was my baby’s strength and she was mine.

Week 12

Your baby is now about the same size as a peach and is 6 centimeters in height. Small hairs are beginning to appear in various spots on its body. The baby’s di-gestive system can produce contractions that push food through to the intestines as well as absorb sugar. Therefore, the food you eat is extremely valuable for your baby’s development. A balanced diet is essential for both your strength and your baby’s healthy development. Your baby now has a developed brain, it can even yawn and suck its thumb.

“PREGNANCY MIGHT BE A STEP FORWARD INTO A BRAND NEW LIFE, AS WELL AS AN OBLIGATION TO LET CERTAIN THINGS GO.”

Instructor

Burcu Kutluk

Instructor

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