This week your baby’s fingernails and toenails are appearing. They can now suck their thumb and get hiccups! They now have a chin and a nose and their vocal chords are complete. Their pancreas is functioning and producing insulin and their brain is now fully formed.
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Your baby’s development
Your baby is now around 6cm long from the top of their head to their bottom.
Their face is beginning to look more human as their eyes are drawn into their forward facing position. Ears are now formed and have taken their place on the sides of the head.
Your baby’s hair is beginning to grow and their fingers and toes have small soft nails.
Vocal cords are now complete, though will only get their first use once your baby emerges at birth. Meanwhile, some of their bones have begun to harden.
Although this may still be too early to feel any movements, when your baby is awake they are moving around, kicking their legs and can now suck their thumb.
Around this time your uterus grows out of your pelvis and rises above the pubic bone. A bump may soon start to show.
This is one reason why many mums choose to share the news about their pregnancy at this time. It is also the stage at which the risk of miscarriage has decreased considerably.
For many, this is the point when pregnancy starts to feel more real.
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Please note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.