Main divisions of baby’s body – head, chest, abdomen, pelvis – are established and can be easily identified. Baby measures approximately ¼ of an inch long from head to rump – already 10,000 times bigger than the newly fertilized oocyte.
- Lungs begin to form.
- Outlines of baby’s brain and eye vesicles can be seen.
- The basic structure for baby’s entire central nervous system (brain and spinal cord / notochord) is formed.
- Mouth, pharynx, abdominal cavity and basis of skeleton are developing.
- Baby’s heart now beats 80 times per minute.
- Tiny arms begin to bud (legs begin to bud two days later); muscles are forming.
- Baby’s heart is pumping its own blood. All 4 chambers of the heart are present and more than 1 million heartbeats have already occurred. Baby’s blood flows in new veins – the placenta forms a unique barrier that keeps mom’s blood separate while allowing food and oxygen to pass through to baby through vessels that intertwine without joining, highlighting the new symbiotic relationship – mutual, nourishing, deeply connected.