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Stages of development

7 weeks

Teeth buds are formed.
8 weeks

At a little more that an inch long, the developing life is now called a fetus - Latin for "young one". Everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed adult. The heart has been beating for more than a month. The fetus' body responds to touch; although the mother will be able to feel movement until the fourth or fifth month.
11 weeks

Fingerprints are already evident in the skin. fetus will curve the fingers around an object placed in the palm of its hand.
12 weeks

The fetus now sleeps, awakens and exercises its muscles energetically turning head, curling toes, and opening and closing its mouth. The palm, when stroked make a tight fist.
14 weeks

Baby's ear at 14 weeks.
16 weeks

At 16 weeks the baby is approximately 5 and a half inches tall and only 6 ounces in weight. Eyebrows, eyelashes, and fine hair appear. The child can grasp with his hands, kick and even somersault.
20 weeks

At 20 weeks the child can hear and recognizes her mother’s voice. Though still small and fragile, the baby is growing rapidly and could possibly survive if born at this stage. Fingernails and fingerprints appear. Sex organs are visible using an ultrasound device, the doctor can tell if it is a boy or a girl.
24 weeks

Recognises mother's voice. Dreams