Your Baby: Month 6
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Let your spouse put an ear to your belly — he might be able to pick up baby’s heartbeat (no stethoscope required). Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby’s also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink — perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.
- Baby is around 13.5 inches in length and weighs 1 and half pounds.
- Bones are becoming solid, hands are now fully developed.
- The brain is growing rapidly, the brain cells are starting to mature.
- The sexual organs are fully developed.
Baby is now pretty well built portion wise even though it still has little body fat and its skin is thin. The structures of the spine begin to form — All 33 rings, 150 joints and 1000 ligaments. The tiny brain is growing rapidly, and the baby is starting to fill the space in your uterus. The uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball and mom looks pregnant.
Your baby’s hands are now fully developed, although some of the nerve connections to the hands have a long way to go. Dexterity is improving. Your baby can make a fist and clasp objects placed in palm. Exploring the structures inside your uterus may have become baby’s prime entertainment. Fascinated by the amount of tactile stimulation a fetus gives itself; it touches a hand to the face, one hand to the other hand, clasps its feet, touches its foot to its leg, its hand to its umbilical cord.
Blood vessels of the lungs develop. Your baby’s nostrils begin to open. The nerves around the mouth and lip area are showing more sensitivity now. Their swallowing reflexes are developing. Baby can hear sounds outside the womb and the brain cells are starting to mature also. Already it can learn and remember and can recognise its mother and fathers voice.
Babies at 25 weeks of pregnancy stand a 50% chance of survival.
I had my monthly doctor’s appointment this week. Everything checked out great. Baby is growing well and we’re moving right along. I got the bottle of Glucola for the glucose tolerance test. I can go anytime in the next three weeks. Can’t wait for that… Tomorrow, I’m heading back to Maryland for the weekend. I’m flying in to BWI and then my dad and I are driving to Pittsburgh in the morning. We’re going to a Pirates/Giants game. It’s our annual baseball stadium trip! I’ll get to cross another one off the list and he gets to see a Giants game. WIN WIN! I’m pretty sure this will be my last flight of the summer. We have a baby moon scheduled for July but it’s only a car ride up to Chicago.