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Development of a fetus during 3rd Trimester – Weeks 28 to 42

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 3rd trimester:

Weeks 28-32
The Western Medical View point:
• A boys testes descend
• Store of body fat and iron are laid down
• Taste buds form
• The body hair disappears from face.
Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint:
• The Large Intestines

Weeks 32-36
The Western Medical View point:
• The body hair disappears
• The eyelids blink and can focus
• Fat stores increase and the body becomes rounded
Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint:
• The Kidneys.

At 40 Weeks:
• Your baby is now 8 times bigger than it was at 3 months and has increased its weight by approx 600 times
• Most of the fine downy hair has gone, but there may still be some traces down back and in front of ears and on lower forehead.
• The Fingernails extend beyond the fingers
Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint:
Bladder.