Thursday, October 13, 2005
Your fig-sized baby is now fully formed — measuring 1 1/2 inches long and weighing in at a quarter of an ounce. Her skin is still transparent, allowing many of her blood vessels to show through. Some of her bones are beginning to harden, and tiny toothbuds are starting to appear under her gums. Her fingers and toes have separated, and she may soon be able to open and close her fists. She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so fluid they look like water ballet. These movements will increase as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. As her diaphragm develops, your tiny tenant may also start to get the hiccups. Because she's still so small, though, you won't feel any of her workouts or intrauterine gulps until sometime between weeks 16 and 20.