Your babys progress - Week 8
It's nice to know your baby can no longer be mistaken for a sea creature! As your little embryo has grown to around 1.5cm to 2.5cm this week, his tail (which is really the spinal cord) is likely to have receded and the upper and lower limbs have joints like elbows and knees, giving baby a distinctly more human appearance.
OK, so baby still has webbed fingers and toes poking out from his hands and feet but the webbing will be all gone by the time baby makes his way out of his cosy womb home to meet you. Under baby’s thin covering of skin, he has a network of blood vessels pumping through his body.
Don’t expect your baby to resemble his parents quite yet (err, unless you have a disproportionately large head with buggy little eyes!). Right now, your tiny baby's head makes up almost half his height and weight and there is a little tongue, nostrils and the tip of a developing nose.
Baby’s arms and hands are growing faster than its legs and feet – and that’s a trend that continues after they have been born. Newborn babies grab objects with their hands due to their grasping reflex but won’t be able to walk on their legs until around a year old.
Your baby is beginning to move around, although you won’t be able to feel anything yet – after all, it’s only the size of a kidney bean! Most of baby’s internal organs are present in their basic form, including the heart, brain, liver, lungs and kidneys. Your baby's skeleton is starting to form and their arms and legs are now longer. Bones are also beginning to ossify, with baby previously made up of soft cartilage.
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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