How big is my baby in pregnancy?

Watching your baby grow through pregnancy is a fun way to pass the long nine months. Though sometimes it's really hard to translate all the inches, centimeters, crown to rump lengths etc. So here is a handy chart of common things to help you understand just how big your baby is now during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Week 4: Mustard Seed

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At only four weeks past your last period, your baby is as big as a mustard seed. A pregnancy test would be positive starting this week of pregnancy. And if you had an ultrasound towards the end of the week you could see a gestational sac.

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Pregnancy Week 5: Pomegranate Seed

Pomegranate seeds in spoon
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While a pomegranate seed doesn't seem to be very large, compared to week 4, your baby has grown a lot! The big news this week is that your baby's heart will begin to beat, but even with the most sensitive ultrasound, a transvaginal ultrasound, you typically can't see the heart beat yet, but you can see a yolk sac.

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Pregnancy Week 6: Black Eyed Pea

Week 6 Black Eyed Pea
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This week the placenta really starts forming, but won't take full control of the pregnancy until the end of the first trimester. In bigger news, you can see arm and leg buds beginning!

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Pregnancy Week 7: Cranberry

Cranberry Week Seven of Pregnancy
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It's hard to believe that something the size of a single cranberry can make you feel so tired or sick. Is your face breaking out too? Ultrasound will show your baby's heart beating this week and the newest development is rudimentary hands!

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Pregnancy Week 8: Raspberry

Your baby is moving on his or her own, but it's still too early for you to feel it in most cases. Soon you're even going to be able to count the finger and toe rays that your baby is busy growing this week. How are you feeling?

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Pregnancy Week 9: Brussel Sprout

Brussel Sprouts Week Nine of Pregnancy
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Your baby now has testes or ovaries, depending on if the baby is a girl or a boy. While it will still be weeks before you could tell, it's nice to know there is something going on in there. Still lots of wiggling and moving. Your baby weighs a whole gram.

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Pregnancy Week 10: Pecan

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Your baby's tail is gone! And the upper lip has formed. Other than that baby has been gaining weight and now weighs as much as four paper clips, that's four grams. That's about the size of a pecan.

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Pregnancy Week 11: Date

Pregnancy Week 11 Date
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Your baby has a really big head - constituting about half his or her body size. This might look odd if you see it on ultrasound, but it will change as your baby grows. Though even at birth the head will be a large proportion of the baby's body. In other news, your baby has fingernails.

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Pregnancy Week 12: Clementine

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Your baby is as big as a clementine, also known as Cuties. Using a doppler, your doctor or midwife should be able to hear your cutie's heart beat around this time. It's a great feeling, no? Your baby's brain is also finalizing structures that are present at birth, but there's a lot still to be done.

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Pregnancy Week 13: Asian Pear

Asian Pears
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Your baby and the placenta weigh about an ounce each. So while your baby may be about the size on Asian pear, but weight wise, it's a different feel. All 20 baby teeth have formed. But more importantly you're in the second trimester!

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Pregnancy Week 14: Apricot

Pregnancy Week 14 apricot
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Did you know that your baby can practice breathing in the amniotic fluid? It's pretty amazing. He or she is busy moving around, but it's still a bit early to feel your baby. At about five inches long, your baby is about as big as this apricot.

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Pregnancy Week 15: Apple

Pregnancy Week 15 Apple
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So your baby is about as big as an apple, does that mean that you're nearly in maternity clothes? Interestingly enough, your baby's hair pattern is forming. All those scalp swirls and cowlicks...

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Pregnancy Week 16: Starfruit

Pregnancy Week 16 Starfruit
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The starfruit is about the size of your baby this week, and starry eyed might explain how you feel about finding out the sex of your baby. A few lucky parents will be able to tell this soon, but many will have to wait...

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Pregnancy Week 17: Rutabaga

Pregnancy Week 17 Rutabaga
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Your baby now weighs more than the placenta. At birth, the baby will be seven times the weight of the average placenta. While no new structures have formed your baby can his or her thumb.

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Pregnancy Week 18: Artichoke

Pregnancy Week 18 Artichoke
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Your baby now has finger prints developing which are unique to your baby, even if he or she is a twin. The bones are also continuing to harden or ossify. How are you feeling?

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Pregnancy Week 19: Mango

Pregnancy Week 19 Mango
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Your baby's permanent teeth are forming behind those baby teeth and their body is covered in a fine hair called lanugo. It probably feels like you have a large mango in your belly right now. Your baby weighs about as much as 227 paper clips or 8 ounces.

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Pregnancy Week 20: Carrot

Pregnancy Week 20 Carrot
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If you have a special ultrasound this week, you might find out that your baby is about as long as a carrot. You might also have the opportunity to find out if you're having a girl or a boy. Will you find out or be surprised?

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Pregnancy Week 24: Celery

Pregnancy Week 24 Celery
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Your baby doesn't really stretch out much, which is hard to tell by the amount of movement that you're probably feeling. But if he or she were to stretch out, that would be about the length of celery stalk. Think about that at the next trip down the grocery aisle.

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Pregnancy Week 28: Cauliflower

Pregnancy Week 28 Cauliflower
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Your curled up baby can flash his or her new eye lashes at you now. And at week 28, baby is starting to curl up tightly and turn head down, the typical position for babies during birth. Imagine a big head of cauliflower all nestled deep in your pelvis.

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Pregnancy Week 32: Pumpkin

Pregnancy Week 32 Pumpkin
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If you feel like your baby is a small pumpkin in your belly, you'd be right! That heaviness you feel is fairly normal, and despite the feeling of heaviness, your baby isn't going to fall out. Pelvic tilts can be helpful at relieving that discomfort of late pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Week 36: Pineapple

Pineapple
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Your baby is about as big as the body of a pineapple, all curled up now and getting ready for birth. While there aren't any new structures forming at this time, your baby's brain will see dramatic growth from now until around week 40. This growth helps them breath and regulate their temperature after birth. So this time is important.

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Pregnancy Weeks 40+: Watermelon

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Just remember, that babies, like watermelons come in lots of shapes and sizes. The genetic make up of you and your partner can have a lot to do with how big or small you baby is at birth. Though there aren't any good ways to tell how big your baby is before birth, not even ultrasound.

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There will be slight differences in everyone's growth and fetal development. Any problems should be reported to your care provider.

Source:

Heppard, M and Garite, T. Acute Obstetrics. Mosby Year Book. 1992. More »

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