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Pregnancy Month by Month

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Updated July 17, 2014

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5th Month of Pregnancy
3D Twin Baby B - 18 Week Ultrasound
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No new organ structures are really forming at this point in pregnancy. Though the pads of the fingers and toes are forming. Your baby is also developing his or her finger prints. Your baby is also forming permanent teeth buds behind the baby teeth that are already formed. A baby girl will also begin to develop primitive eggs in her ovaries. Gender is usually visible by ultrasound, though accuracy varies.

Your baby’s movements may be more apparent. Loud noises may even cause your baby to startle. It’s still pretty unusual for your to be able to feel your baby move at this point unless this is not your first pregnancy. You may be aware of sleep wake cycles in your little one.

Your baby is also covered in a fine hair called lanugo and may begin to develop a lotion like substances on their skin called vernix. The weight is now up to 10 ounces (283 grams) and the baby measures about 25 cms total length, about 9.8 inches.

This is often considered the best part of pregnancy. If you're feeling great and getting about easily, consider yourself lucky and have a lot of fun. If you're some of them few who still find themselves not feeling well and thinking this pregnancy thing is not all it's cracked up to be, consider the fact that you're more than halfway finished at this point.

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