Development – Week 35

Week 35 –  Toenails are formed!

Your baby is physically well developed now. Organs and skeleton also keep maturing and are close to being fully functional. This week, the baby weighs 2500 grams and is the size of a melon. The baby has successfully completed 8 months of development now.

So, let’s summarize the main events that you will see in this week:

The toenails are fully developed like the fingernails. The baby may have tiny scratches on its face because of its movements in the womb.

This week you see more of your baby than amniotic fluid. This may occur at the 34th week. (not to be confused with oligohydramnios)

The brain continues to make new neural pathways. Trillions of nerve cells are there in the baby’s brain – all processing different functions. Kidneys are fully formed, and the liver can metabolize waste products now.

The bones continue to ossify/harden. The skull, however, remains soft – to help deliver the baby and to make space for the growing brain.

The baby physically doesn’t undergo major changes from this week on. The major part in the coming weeks would be in putting on weight.

Developmental Milestones Summary:

The baby finally has toenails along with fingernails. Liver, lungs, brain, and kidneys are well developed.

 Ultrasound findings:

By now the baby assumes a head down pose. In males the testis is visible. The baby looks like a fully developed newborn.

Fetal Size:

The baby now measures 18 inches from crown to rump (CRL).

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