Your Baby ’s head is now larger than the rest of the body because the brain is developing extraordinarily fast. For many women, this week can be hard, and you might feel an urgent need to pee.
Your Baby ’s development
Your Baby now measures about 1 cm — the size of a blueberry. The lower body is gradually developing, with the pre-legs and toes emerging at the tail. At this stage, the head is the biggest part of the body, with the ears, eyes, nose pits, mouth, and tongue gradually forming. As most of the growth concentrates in the head this week, new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute.
The umbilical cord: The umbilical cord develops this week. The cord connects the baby with the placenta, which delivers oxygen and nutrients and eliminates waste back into your bloodstream. If everything goes according to plan, Your Baby will be delivered in about 33 weeks from now, and the cord will be cut.
The arms and legs: The rest of Your Baby ’s body parts are beginning to take the human form. The arm buds and leg buds are growing longer and stronger this week. Later, they will divide themselves into the hand, arm, and shoulder segments and the leg, knee, and foot segments.
The organs: The kidneys are in place now, and both pancreas and spleen will begin to develop this week.
At this stage, one predominant symptom is the frequent urge to pee. It occurs because your growing womb puts pressure on your urinary bladder and your blood flow is increasing to sustain Your Baby ’s development. Symptoms like nausea may reduce by the middle of the next trimester, but the frequent urge to pee is unlikely to stop before childbirth. In truth, it may even intensify with each passing month.
Your taste may change: You may also have food cravings or aversion, caused by the elevated levels of hormones in your body. Some women also see an acne breakout or produce more saliva.
What you can do
Your Baby ’s brain is growing very fast right now, so it’s especially important to start cutting all kinds of toxins out of your life. Since too much stress releases cortisol and too much cortisol disturbs a child’s healthy development, you should try to avoid very stressful situations or conflicts.
Additionally, your breasts will soon increase in size, and they may feel sore and give you discomfort. One way to cope with this is by using a maternity bra.