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When does a fetus reach developmental milestones?

Fetal development is nothing short of a miracle. Our creative God has set in place these stages (and more) as your baby develops. Here are just a few highlights:

  • 4 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a poppy seed. It’s around this time that you suspect you might be pregnant and take a test.
  • 5 weeks: Your baby’s circulatory system is developing and a tiny heart begins to beat.
  • 9 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a grape and has tiny ear lobes forming.
  • 13 weeks: Your baby now has fingerprints.
  • 17 weeks: Your baby’s bones (formerly cartilage) is hardening.
  • 21 weeks: Your baby’s movements include stronger kicks.
  • 26 weeks: Your baby is breathing amniotic fluid in and out — helping develop their lungs.
  • 28 weeks: Your baby’s eyesight is developing.
  • 31 weeks: Your baby can move his or her head from side to side.
  • 34 weeks: Your baby’s central nervous system and respiratory system are both developing significantly.
  • 37 weeks: Your baby’s development becomes stronger and stronger. You could go into labor any day now.

Janna Firestone
Janna lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two teenage boys. You’ll often find her hiking, paddleboarding, or enjoying a good board game indoors. She's an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan, and an even bigger fan of coffee, dry shampoo, and authentic conversations.

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