Saturday, June 30, 2007

Monster Update: Week 14

Head to bottom, the Monster is about 3 1/2 inches long — about the length of a lemon (pictured) — and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Its body is growing faster than its proportionally giant head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, the arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of the body. (The Monster's legs still have some growing to do, though.) It's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over its body (called lanugo). The Monster's liver starts secreting bile this week (not gross at all), a sign that it's already functioning properly, and the spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells. The Monster is also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that it'll keep up until birth. Stef still can't feel the Monster's movements, but we're told the hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, little facial muscles are getting a workout as the Monster squints, frowns, and grimaces. It can grasp now, too, and it may be able to suck its thumb.

Text adapted from Baby Center.

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