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Development of a Fetus during 2nd Trimester (Weeks 12-27)

The development of the fetus from fertilised egg to baby in just 40 weeks is phenomenal here is an outline of the changes during the 2nd trimester:

Weeks 12-16
The Western Medical View point:
• Lango (fine downy hair) covers the baby’s skin
• The skeleton rapidly develops
• The nasal septum and roof of mouth fuse
• The milk teeth buds are in place
• The fetal heart beat140-150 brats per minute, twice as fast as mothers
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Triple Heater

Weeks 16-20
The Western Medical View point:
• The Vernix caseosa appears, a protective layer of creamy white covering the skin
• The fingernails appear
• “Quickening” movements are felt by the Mother
• The Lungs breathe amniotic fluid in and out.
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Spleen

Weeks 20-28
The Western Medical View point:
• The eyebrows and eyelashes start to grow
• The skin is red and wrinkled
• Most of the body system are fully functional
• Links between nerves and muscles are established and fetus responds to sound and stimulation
• The eye lids reopen
• The Fetus is Viable (could survive born)
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Stomach.
• The Lungs