Your babys progress - Week 7
The tadpole is turning into a proper critter – even if it’s bulgy little eyes and funny forehead make it look more like ET than a human. Your baby is growing at a rapid pace and has possibly doubled in size during the last week, to be around 1 cm in length. Each eye has developed in amazing detail and will have an optic cup, retina and lens – though there is little baby can see in the dark space inside your belly!
Your baby's inner ears and tongue are starting to form and their upper jaw and palate come together this week, fusing as one. Your baby now has a pancreas and an appendix and the beginnings of their reproductive organs. You’ll have to wait until around week 16 to see if there are enough dangly bits to determine whether it’s a boy or a girl by ultrasound though!
Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and the small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone, is starting to become even smaller. By the end of this week a fine, transparent layer of skin covers baby’s body and webbed fingers (which look more like paddles than proper limbs). The skin develops in two layers – and even sweat glands start to form.
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress.
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