Wednesday, September 9, 2009

10 weeks along...

Our baby's growth is fast and furious at 10 weeks pregnant. He or she is nearly an inch and a half long and the size of a prune, but not nearly as shriveled (even with all the time it spends in water). In fact, our baby is really taking a human shape now. Bones and cartilage are forming, and small indentations on the legs are developing into knees and ankles. The arms (complete with elbows) can flex already, but don't run to the store for a baseball bat just yet. Though your baby's arms are taking shape and getting stronger, each one is only about the size of this number 1.

The tooth bud fairy is making her appearance this week, heralding the arrival of your baby's little choppers, which are forming under the gums. (Those pearly whites won't break through the gums until baby is close to six months old). Other systems are go, too. Baby's stomach is producing digestive juices, the kidneys are producing larger quantities of urine, and, if baby is a boy, he's already producing testosterone (yikes!).

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