Baby's 1st Trimester

What's Happening to Baby

  • Month 1. This early, baby looks like a tadpole and is called an embryo. Tiny limb buds appear, and baby's major organs—heart, lungs, and brain—begin to form. At the end of this month the embryo is about 1 inch long.
  • Month 2. All major body organs and systems have begun to form by end of the month, along with fingers, fingernails, and toes.
  • Month 3. Already baby's heartbeat can be heard, and bones are starting to get hard. Now called a fetus, baby may weigh as much as a small apple.

Tips for Baby's Health

  • At regular doctor visits, your doctor will weigh you, check your blood pressure, take urine and blood samples, and monitor baby's heartbeat. The doctor may also use sound waves to create a picture of baby (sonogram).
  • Moms-to-be have lots of questions about childbirth and caring for baby. Help set your mind at ease by visiting The Birth Center and signing up for birth and parenting classes.
  • Now's the time to make lifestyle changes for the better. The best rule of thumb is, if it's bad for you, it's bad for your baby. Cigarette smoke, alcohol, and drugs can harm baby.

How Valley Medical Center Can Help