You baby has stopped being an embryo and now, they are called fetus! Only a few months more before they will become something else but for now, let’s stick to your little fetus. It’s been a while but they are now as big as a prune.
This is the moment where your baby’s growth starting to skyrocket up. They start to form some bones and cartilage to strengthen that beautiful body frame and soon, they can start to flex their elbow, showing off their biceps. How cool is that?
They look more and more like a human than they were before. Their arms are starting to take shape and getting stronger but that doesn’t mean they are ready to hit a home run just yet. They are still tiny regardless.
Don’t be disappointed though because apart from their bones that are been growing inside, their little choppers started to form under the gum. How cute is that? However, it wouldn’t show itself until they were at least 6 months old. Let us keep the excitement for later.
How about other systems? Well, their stomach started to produce digestive juices, they can urinate in large amount and if your little sunshine is a boy, then they have already started to produce testosterone. This is also one of the most important weeks for you if you decided to have your first genetic screening.
Nuchal translucency scan (NTS) which is typically carried out between 10th to 14th week can detect some chromosomal abnormalities by accessing your baby’s nuchal fold (back of the neck). This is called non-invasive prenatal test and is painless.
If your NTS indicates a possible abnormality, there are other tests which can be considered as invasive such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS). The latter, which is usually carried out between 10-12 week of pregnancy uses ultrasound as a guide while a speculum and a needle are used to collect cells from your baby’s placenta.
These cells would then submitted to laboratory genetic testing. Amniocentesis is usually carried out at a later pregnancy. If you are confused, talk to your doctor about it and be sure to understand the benefits and implications of carrying such a procedure.