We track your little one’s size in fashion terms
While you may be following your baby’s growth in the time-honoured tradition of fruits, we felt there was a need for a stylish shake-up of this tradition. Introducing the NINE IN THE MIRROR baby growth chart, where you can track the size of your baby in fashion accessories. Is your baby as big as Cartier’s iconic Love bangle or a Fendi baguette bag? Read on to find out…
YOUR BABY IS THE SIZE OF…
Your baby’s heart has begun to start beating and tiny facial features are beginning to form. Little buds appear as arms and legs start to develop.
Your baby now has little fingers and their eyes have developed, though your baby’s eyelids will remain fused shut until about 26 weeks. The digestive tract and reproductive organs have also formed.
It’s the end of the first trimester and your baby now has vocal chords, teeth and even fingerprints. They now measure almost three inches, or the height of a Valentino Rockstud kitten heel.
All of your baby’s joints and limbs can move and they can even do somersaults! If this is your first baby you might not feel them move for a few more weeks, and though you might not be aware, they also frequently get hiccups!
You are now halfway through your pregnancy and if you choose to, you can find out your baby’s sex at your scan this week. Vernix caseosa, also known as vernix has begun to cover your baby, it is a white waxy substance that protects your baby’s delicate skin.
Your baby’s nostrils are starting to open to practice breathing. They will go through the motions of drawing in a breath but they’ll inhale amniotic fluid instead of air. They’ll soon have eyelashes and can even reach out and grab the umbilical cord and stick out their tongue.
Your baby can now blink, distinguish your voice from others and tell light from dark – if you shine a light on your stomach they may follow it or even reach out to touch the glow. They will also go through cycles of sleeping and waking – you will know when they are awake from their jabs and kicks!
Your uterus has now grown to about 1,000 times its original size. At this stage your baby will not have much room to move – you may be able to spot their elbows, feet or head protruding from your stomach when they stretch and wiggle about. Their hearing is fully developed, as are their kidneys. They also now have fully-grown fingernails and toenails.
Almost there! By this point your baby will have shed most of the creamy substance called vernix that has been covering their skin since the second trimester, though their skull bones are not yet fused in order to allow them to overlap as they travel through the birth canal during labour. In this final week your baby will be approximately the size of a large Chanel Classic Flap bag!
Words by Amanda Woodward-Brown