Posted by: mommyq | December 2, 2004

9 Weeks – 49 Days after Conception

9 WEEKS!!!

Time is flying (NOT!!) It has been 1 month since we found out about our sweet little babe and it feels like an eternity has passed! LOL

This is such an exciting week for the baby’s developement as it is no longer considered an embryo. Baby Quinn has made it to becoming a fetus (the latin word meaning “young one”).

Babies Developement:
Your baby now measures more than 2.5 cm from crown to rump (or 1 inch) and the webbing between their fingers and toes has now disappeared, creating separate digits. Your baby’s nail beds are starting to form, but actual nails will not be present until they are about 20 weeks.

Your baby’s heart now has 4 distinct chambers as well as the valves within their aorta and pulmonary blood vessels. These direct blood flow ‘one way’ to and from their body and lungs. The yolk sac has now disappeared and your baby’s blood is being produced by their liver. Their blood production will eventually be taken over by their bone marrow, once their bones fully mature. Your baby’s lungs are growing, as the ‘bronchi’ branch out, spreading through their chest.

Your baby is now developing elbows, knees, wrists and ankles. Their bones are initially soft and flexible (made of cartilage) and muscle tissue is now forming between their skin and bones. Your baby’s neck is more developed, allowing them to slightly lift and turn their head! Your baby may now be able to touch their own face with their hand (the beginnings of thumb sucking!)

Your baby now has an anus and their ovaries or testes are well developed. However, both sexes look the same at this early stage because their external sex organs are just beginning to form.

Mommies Note: This weeks update has had such an impact on me. I have been trying not to read ahead about the various weeks and this week, I am sitting here crying and I cannot stop myself. The tears are just streaming down my face. My baby has fingers and toes. It can touch its own face and will soon start sucking its thumb. I love it so much already and we don’t even know if it is a he or she.

Are you 9 weeks pregnant? Check out’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.



  1. So Nice

    Thanks for giving me something to read at work! This entry was very sweet. I said “awww” out loud. Just think, soon enough you will be able to watch the baby touch his/her own face! Can’t Wait!!

    Congrats by the way!

    Cousin Stef

    • Re: So Nice

      Hey Cousin Stef!

      No problem…glad I could be of some entertainment value! 😉

      See you tomorrow!

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