Characteristics of the Unborn Child

34 Weeks Gestational Age (LMP)
32 Weeks from Conception

  • The skin is now pink and smooth.
  • The ears have begun to hold shape.
  • The eyes open during alert times and close during sleep.
  • There is a very good chance of survival with a low chance for long-term disability.
  • The weight is about 4 to 4 1/2 pounds.
  • The length is about 17 to 18 inches.

36 Weeks Gestational Age (LMP)
34 Weeks from Conception

  • Fine hair begins to disappear.
  • Body fat has increased.
  • The fingernails reach the end of the fingertips.
  • The chance of survival is excellent, but the newborn might require special medical care.
  • Muscle tone is developed and the unborn child can turn and lift its head.
  • The weight is about 5 to 6 pounds.
  • The length is about 16 to 19 inches.

38 Weeks Gestational Age (LMP)
36 Weeks from Conception

  • A newborn is considered full-term at 38 weeks.
  • Small breast buds are present on both sexes.
  • The unborn child can grasp firmly.
  • The unborn child turns toward a light source.
  • Almost all babies born now will survive.
  • The average weight is greater than 6 pounds.
  • The length is about 19 to 21 inches.

Babies born earlier than 37 weeks of pregnancy are called premature or preterm. Babies born between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy are called full term.


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