Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Week 7 {Development}



The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs—although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities we’re daydreaming about holding and tickling.

Technically, Baby Suarez is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Baby Suarez has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside Mommy’s womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of Baby Suarez’s brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role.

She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in Baby Suarez’s growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.


{Info from babycenter.com}

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