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Though you might not feel it, your baby, now about the size of a kidney bean (8-11 mm), is moving inside of you! Your baby’s facial features become more obvious this week because lips, tongue, nostrils, and buds for teeth have developed. Arms and legs are growing, elbows and knees develop, and fingers and toes, though still webbed, become visible. Any trace of your baby’s “tail” is almost entirely gone.
This week, your baby’s bones also begin to harden through a process called ossification. Inside your baby’s brain, nerve cells are branching out creating their first neural pathways. And though it’s still too early to discern your baby’s sex, as any external genital organs have yet to develop, an ultrasound at week eight could detect the beating of your baby’s little heart.