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If you smoke or drink, this is when you should stop so it will not affect the fetus'
growth, mental, or physical development. By the time you have reached the 12-
After your first trimester has passed, you will visit the doctor every four weeks
for a checkup. Your stomach will be measured, which helps the doctor determine if
your infant is growing properly.
16 weeks -
The four visits will be done every two weeks. You will have your sugar levels tested,
as well as your infant's growth. More emphasis is put on fetal development to make
sure that he or she does not stop growing, or suddenly develop fetal distress. Your
infant should gain about 3/4 of a pound every two weeks.
30 weeks -
Your infant will gain about a half pound a week, and a half an inch until delivery.
Most women deliver between 39 and 42 weeks gestation. The average weight of an infant
at birth is between seven and eight pounds. The average length of an infant is between
18 1/2 inches and 20 inches.
Once you deliver your baby, he or she will lose some weight initially. This does
not mean there is anything wrong with your child, as long as it falls under the ten
percent line. After that, the amount of weight gain will depend on whether or not
your child is breastfed or formula fed. That is because breast milk digests completely
and is not stored. The following rates are only rough estimates. Physicians prefer
to look at where the infant is on the growth chart and that he or she remains very
close to that percentile with no major changes.
Birth to Four Months -
The amount of weight your infant gains starts slow and then begins to speed up near
the end of pregnancy. A physician is concerned with the weight gain in the womb,
and then again after the child is born. That is because their weight helps identify
any possible problems. What mothers eat will directly reflect on the weight of the
During the first trimester, your baby is just a mass of cells that does not weigh much of anything until at least eight weeks. This period is the most fragile for the fetus because it is very small and many things could go wrong.
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