During pregnancy, a woman has to undergo a lot of research. One of the most accurate and harmless, which is proved by numerous scientific works, is ultrasound.
The first scheduled ultrasound
At 9-11 weeks of pregnancy, the expectant mother can see her baby for the first time. Often after this, the pregnant woman realizes that there is a small life inside her. At this time, the child is very similar to a little man, he has all the organs laid. Fluff begins to grow on the head, eyebrows, eyelashes. All parts of the body are formed: little body, arms, fingers, they even have a unique pattern. The internal organs have already begun their work: the liver secretes bile, the stomach periodically contracts, the kidneys also filter intrauterine waters, which the baby regularly swallows and excretes along with urine. The child is moving, which means that the muscular and skeletal systems are already developed. Its length is about 8-9 cm, weighs an average of 15 grams. Many parents cannot hold back tears when they see their child at this age, who is already sucking a finger, turning over, spinning! With a comfortable position of the fetus, the sex of the unborn child can be recognized. With Doppler, the doctor and parents can listen to his heartbeat. A woman's uterus begins to grow rapidly, if before that the tummy was invisible to others, now it will not be so easy to hide it, and the gained weight can reveal the secret of an interesting position.
Last scheduled ultrasound
This ultrasound is the most informative, it is performed at 32 weeks of pregnancy. In order to clarify the physical condition of the fetus, presentation and biometrics (its size), to assess the state of the placenta, doctors strongly recommend to undergo this procedure. It is much more interesting to contemplate such a toddler with a weight of about 1400 - 1600 grams on the monitor, because his skin is no longer so wrinkled, the layer of subcutaneous fat increases. The time has come for the intensive growth of the fetus. Its length is 40-43 cm. All systems and organs are fully functional, all glandular structures take part in the metabolism. Babies born at this time have many chances to live a full life, only, most likely, there will be difficulties in sucking due to neuromuscular immaturity. Outwardly, the child more and more resembles a newborn. The skin becomes light pink, the original lubricant - lanugo gradually disappears and remains in the amount necessary for childbirth, mainly in the natural folds of the skin. The hair on the head becomes thicker and thicker, they are visible on ultrasound. In these weeks, the color of the baby's eyes is determined. It is worth noting that all children are born with gray-blue eyes, but over time the color will change. Most by this time had already taken a natural posture before birth, head down. If not, there is still time for the baby to turn over. Many mothers love to talk to an unborn child, and the baby already hears and distinguishes voices perfectly, he is soothed by her heartbeat, the noise of blood flowing through the umbilical cord.