Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Week 4

I think it's so cool. The little babies, which were invisible to the naked eye just a week ago, are now, at 2.5mm long, visible.

Here's what's up this week:

Fetal development in pregnancy week 4:

By the end of this week the round and pointy ends of your little pear-shaped baby will be slightly more exaggerated and their body will look more like that of a miniature manatee. Despite your baby not looking particularly human without any eyes, ears or mouth, the earliest developments of what will become the larynx, internal ear, and eye lens are already forming, although you’d have to be a trained expert to recognize them for what they’re going to be in the future. Likewise, tiny bumps are forming on your little embryo which will eventually be their cute little arms, elbows, fingers, legs, knees and toes. What’s more your little swimmer will have a teeny tiny tail by the end of this week-- but don’t worry, it’s just the end of their developing spinal cord! A microscopic photo would reveal what seems to be their vertebrae filling out the spine and tail. Although they aren’t bones yet, but rather, the “bone seeds” that will give rise to your baby's tiny vertebrae, ribs and sternum.

And as for why I'm considered 4 weeks pregnant, even though the embryo transfer was just over a week ago:

Pregnancies are actually 38 weeks long, but doctors count them as 40, because the good old fashioned way, women don't know the exact moment their babies enter the womb. So, you just traditionally count 2 weeks from your last period. In essence, they're a free 2 weeks.

So, you have those 2 weeks, plus the 5 days old that the babies already were, plus the week and a half that it's been since the transfer, and you've got 4 weeks :D

1 comment:

  1. yes, and if you are like me, you go 41-42+ weeks! eek! I have elephant pregnancies ; ) I love watching and reading about early development. It doesn't matter how many kiddos I have, I am always amazed all over again at God's detailed handiwork in the creation and development of human life! Do you think you will get your beta #s back on Friday or have to wait until Monday? Oh, have you been to babystrologyDOTcom? I love their in motion button with the developing baby. I look forward to using that one someday soon!!