Baby Development – What to Expect and When Pt. 1

Here at Sweet Baby Face in Louisville, we love talking with expectant parents about their baby’s development! One of our favorite things is when parents come in at multiple stages of pregnancy to see how the baby is developing over time. Many people come to our ultrasound studio just for the gender reveal (which is amazing and a really special moment!), but there are also so many other milestones to celebrate during your pregnancy.

In today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing a bit about baby development and what you can expect week by week during the three trimesters. As you read, know that we’re not doctors — and you should consult with your doctor about the specifics of your pregnancy. Our ultrasound clinic is here to celebrate your pregnancy with you, and while pregnancy can be challenging, it’s also a very exciting time! Continue reading to learn more and keep Sweet Baby Face in mind for your Louisville ultrasound appointments.

First Trimester

During the first few weeks of your pregnancy, you won’t even know that you’re pregnant! But once it’s official, your doctor will track your pregnancy and predict your due date from the first day of your last period. By week five of your pregnancy, your baby looks like a tiny collection of (very important) tubes. One of the tubes is forming the brain and spinal cord, while the other is developing into the baby’s heart. You may begin to feel the first signs of pregnancy symptoms, such as a morning sickness and the urge to urinate.

By week eight, you might not look pregnant yet, but you probably feel it! If you don’t have morning sickness, you probably are at least feeling more tired — after all, a lot of your energy is being used to grow a baby inside you! Your baby is about the size of a bean and is beginning to grow eyes, nose, and ears. By week eleven, the baby is still only 2 inches long, or about the size of a prune. Most of this size is the baby’s head, which is half of the entire body. 

At 9 weeks, we are able to do a gender determination via blood, so if you’re eager to know the sex of your baby, at this point, schedule an ultrasound appointment with Sweet Baby Face in Louisville!

By the end of your first trimester, you hopefully will be past morning sickness and begin to see a baby bump. Your baby is slightly more proportional now, with the head taking up one third of the body. 

Second Trimester

At week 15, the second week of your second trimester, you can schedule a gender determination ultrasound at Sweet Baby Face in Louisville! We offer the finest HD/5D prenatal ultrasound experience in a spa environment. You will be able to see your developing baby up close and personal. At this point, your baby’s muscles are getting stronger, and you may be able to see them moving around, making fists, and even trying out different facial expressions. 

By week 16, your baby is about the size of a small apple. This is the point that many women start to enjoy the “pregnancy glow” because their blood volume has increased to support the rapidly growing baby. This increased blood flow can come with some downsides — along with rosey cheeks, you may experience nosebleeds. 

At week 17, your baby’s lungs are breathing amniotic fluid and blood is pumping through their body. Hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes grow, and your breasts are growing in preparation for feeding your newborn.

This is a very exciting time in your pregnancy, and a great moment to schedule an ultrasound, as you’ll be able to see the beginnings of your baby’s face and facial expressions!

Sweet Baby Face – Louisville Ultrasounds

If you enjoyed this blog post and want to learn more about the second half of the second trimester and what happens in the third trimester, read on to part two in this blog series! 

If you’re looking to schedule an ultrasound in Louisville, look no further than Sweet Baby Face. We specialize in gender determination and provide personalized ultrasound appointments in a spa-like environment. We offer 3D, 4D, and HD ultrasounds as well as ultrasound baby gifts like heartbeat animals. Want to make an elective ultrasounds appointment? Contact our ultrasound clinic in Louisville today!