Week 10: "Kumquat"

[Bebito] is barely the size of a kumquat (I have no idea what that is, but...) — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, [Bebito] has now completed the most critical portion of his/her development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his/her body rapidly grow and mature. [Bebito is] swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his/her kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout my pregnancy. If you could take a peek inside my womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin. In other developments: [Bebito's] limbs can bend now. Bebito's hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his/her heart, and his/her feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his/her spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his/her spinal cord. [Bebito's] forehead temporarily bulges with his/her developing brain and sits very high on his/her head, which measures half the length of his/her body. From crown to rump, [Bebito is] about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, Bebito will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches. (http://www.babycenter.com/)

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