Baby Growth in the Womb from 5-8 Weeks
Even though you don’t look any bigger, your baby is rapidly growing. Check out the ten milestones for baby growth in the womb:
- By the end of the fifth week, baby is the size of a green pea (or about 0.4 inches).
- Pits that become the eyes, ears, nose and mouth begin to show.
- More than one million new cells are added to baby’s growing body each minute.
- By six weeks, baby is ½ inch long, and ultrasound can show a fluttering heartbeat of about 140 to 150 beats per minute (twice as fast as yours).
- At seven weeks, baby is around an inch long or the size of a small olive.
- Elbow, wrist and knee joints are obvious.
- Researchers estimate that by seven weeks, one hundred thousand new nerve cells are created every minute.
- At eight weeks, baby is around the size of a large olive at 1½ inches long and ½ ounce in weight.
- All the internal organs that will be present in the fully-grown infant have been formed by eight weeks.
- Developing baby is now called a “fetus” and is beginning to look like a miniature human being.