By now, your baby is sucking his finger, moving his arms and legs, and floating up and down. He may hear and respond to your voice, other voices and even music. He may be startled by other noises in your environment. We encourage you to talk to the baby (older brothers and sisters included), and play music for him. As your baby’s movements become strong enough for you to feel, you’ll begin to learn your baby’s patterns.
Hair and eyebrows are growing. Heartbeat registers on ultrasound. Baby drinks amniotic fluid.
Middle-ear bones harden and baby can hear for the first time.
Fine hair (called “lanugo”), appears all over the body and face. External genital organs are visible with ultrasound.
Fingernails and toenails begin to appear. Baby hears sounds outside the mother’s body and may jump when startled. Baby may also begin thumb-sucking.
Baby measures 8 inches long, and is moving much of the time now.
Buds for permanent teeth begin to form. Baby may get hiccups.
Baby’s movements can now be felt by mother. Baby weighs between 8 and 16 ounces.
Tongue is fully developed, and skin is becoming opaque.
A greasy, white substance (known as “Vernix”) is beginning to form on the baby’s skin to protect it. (Most of this vanishes by birth.)
Heartbeat is detectable by stethoscope.
Lungs are immature, but other vital organs are developed enough for baby to survive outside the womb.
Bone centers begin to harden.
Fat stores are beginning to form.