Pregnancy Fetal Development Stages, Growth, Position Week By Week

Question:

After what month does a baby start moving in a mother stomach? What are the causes of fetus not growing at the normal rate?

Answer:

Pregnancy Fetus Growth

Up to the age of three gestational months, the fetus is small, and organogenesis (i.e. development of various organs) takes place. Up to this gestational age, the various parts of the body are forming and the fetus is relatively smaller in size.

After three months, the fetus gradually increases in size and most of the organs are fully developed. After the age of five months however, as the limbs of the fetus increase in length and size, the mother starts experiencing the fetal movements in the abdomen.

It is important to note that in first-time pregnant women, fetal movements are observed between the eighteen to the twentieth week, while in multipara women, fetal movements may be observed a couple of weeks earlier. However, in case the abdominal muscles are too firm, movements may not be observed up to 24 weeks. In such a situation get yourself evaluated by the gynecologist and get an USG done. This will help you determine if the fetus is growing properly.

The fetus also sleeps, so there is a possibility that you may not experience the movements all the time.

Lie down quietly on the bed for some time and put your hand on the abdomen. If the fetal movements are more than ten times in half an hour, it implies that the fetus is fairly healthy and active.

6 Comments

  1. Marshie said:

    I’m feeling something like movements of my baby. I’m not sure.I am 5 months pregnant. I feel my belly tremble or vibrate most time. When I keep real still I can feel something like at the side of my belly like tapping. Or like something is giving me some small hit but its inside the wall of my belly. Is this my angel moving?

    February 15, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Feeling of kicks and punch of the baby inside the womb is the biggest thrill. Most women feel the quickening movement of fetus inside their womb by the fifth month. Yes it is the angel inside you that is moving.

      February 16, 2013
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  2. marshie said:

    How much does a fetus weigh at 5 months?

    February 15, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      In the beginning of the 5th month the fetus may weigh approximately 225 gms. In the second week of fifth month, the fetus may weigh roughly 275 gms. In the third week of fifth month, the fetal weight may be around 375 gms. By the end of fifth month, the approximate fetus weight is 500gms.

      February 15, 2013
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  3. marshie said:

    Can I find out the gender of my baby without an ultra sound?

    February 15, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      There are several ways such as Chinese gender calender, old wives tales, babies heart rate etc to find the gender of the fetus in womb. However, the only reliable test to find the gender is Sonography.

      February 15, 2013
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