Pregnancy Milestones: Your Baby in the First Trimester

technician performing a pregnancy ultrasound

The first three months of pregnancy, known as the first trimester, are a truly special time for mom, and a critical time for baby. Your baby has a lot of growing to do in order to progress from just a couple cells into a fully formed person with arms, hands, fingers, feet and toes.

The First Month

The amniotic sac forms around the fertilized egg, helping to protect the developing child within the womb. The placenta also develops around this time, connecting the child to mother and delivering vital nutrients. By the end of the first month, there are the recognizable beginnings of a face, with dark areas where the eyes will develop and the genesis of the mouth, jaw and throat. Blood begins circulating.

The Second Month

Your baby further develops facial features, including eyes and ears, and starting around week six, the very early stages of arms, legs, fingers and toes. The core pieces of the central nervous system are in place and elements of the digestive system, including the intestines, are identifiable. Skin is forming, as are hair follicles and nail beds. Your baby can now move on his own.

The Third Month

Your baby gains the ability to open and close his hands. He has fingernails, toenails and even the beginnings of teeth. Genitals are developing and the circulatory and urinary systems are working efficiently. He has touch receptors on his face, hands, feet and genitals. Your doctor will likely be able to let you hear your baby’s heartbeat midway through this month.

If you recently learned you’re pregnant and would like help navigating the first trimester of your pregnancy and beyond, contact Sira. We can confirm your pregnancy with a free limited obstetrical ultrasound following a free medical pregnancy test. Our client advocates can answer questions, offer guidance and connect you with community resources.

Call Sira in Gainesville today at 352-377-4947.

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