Prof. Dr. V. V. Doiphode
Development at first month:
The Foetus has appearances of Kalala solid mass having jelly like plate
A compact mass of many structures not separated from each other & in a cluster form
Appearance of a Kalala
Inconspicuous in the first week, attains form of a Kalal after a week
First day Kalala will appear. After 7 days it will have an appearance of a mass made up of many bubbles,
After 2 weeks, there will be a thick mass (Pin`da) which will get solidified after 1 month.
Development at Second month
Conjugated mass of all the five Mahabhoota gets solidified.
Cluster become solid
As per Sus`hruta observation solidification takes place
Development at third month
Five Tentacle (buds) emerge 4 for extremities & central for Head. All the body parts are in very minute form but separately identifiable.
All organs, all body parts are created at one & the same time. The Development stars & various from organ to organ. The hair, nails etc are seen only after birth. Since the embryo develops Chetanaa (livelihood), its experiences, Paid & other feelings. There is feeling of foetal heart sounds. Since the mother has two hearts
Development at forth month
All the body parts are separately identifiable. The foetal hearts sounch are comtable. The foetus expressed its desires through longing from the mother. The mother is called as Dvirudha.
The Garbha becomes steadier (stable). The mother feels heaviness in her organs
All the different parts of the body become evident and the foetus becomes more firm (steady).
Different organs become separately evident.
Development at fifth month
Mana becomes evident.
The Maamsa and S`hon`ita of the foetus gets more strength and maturity as compared to other months. The mother becomes comparatively thin. The foetus utilizes more nourishment from mother.
Mana becomes evident and Maamsa S`hon`ita development takes place.
The foetus gets livelihood (the Chetanaa becomes evident.)
Vertebral column starts developing.
Development at sixth month
Foetus gets Buddhi.
The Bala & Varn`a of the foetus are predominantly mathred in this month as compare of this month, the mother appears without luster & apparently weak.
Asht`aanga Sangraha & Asht`aanga Hridaya
The foetus gets hair nails. The different muscles get more strength more strength & luster.
The separate development of mouth, one, eyes and ears (sense organs)
Development at seventh month
All the parts of the body become more evident and separable form each other.
All the elements are completed in the foetus. The mother becomes fatigued.
All the parts of the body are fully developed.
All organs as well as other elements in the body are fully developed and start growing.
Development at eighth month
Ojas in the body of mother and foetus becomes unstable. When the Ojas in body of foetus, mother becomes Ojas Ksheen`a and when Ojas in mothers body, the foetus is devoid of Ojas. This month is not good for delivery. Through the foetus is fully developed. The mother needs Maamsa predominant food.
Charaka Samhitaa & Asht`aanga Sangraha
Due to unsteadiness of Ojas, the mother sometimes is happy (healthy) sometimes gloomy (sad) same is the appearance of foetus. This month is not good for labour.
All the structure & functions of the foetus are well developed.
Development at ninth month
All the developed organs get strength and go to maturity. The entire 9th & 10th month may require for complete development. Since the development is complete and the foetus is fully grown, it can be delivered.
Charaka Samhitaa & Asht`aanga Sangraha
The developed parts of the foetus start growing & when 9th month is completed delivery is safe. Since, the foetus is ready for delivery it occupies the side of the uterus and flank of the mother.
All the structure and functional maturity along with Dnyaana and Buddhi is completed.
Dimensions of uterus and foetus
|Month||Height of the Uterus||Foetus in flexed position||Height of the foetus|
|4||4.0 inches||3.9 inches||6.5|
|5||5.4 inches||5.2 inches||10|
|6||6.6 inches||6.2 inches||12|
|7||7.8 inches||7.6 inches||14|
|8||8.7 inches||8.3 inches||16 to 17 inches|
|9||9.3 inches||9.2 inches||18|
|10||10 inches||9.7 inches||20|
Prof. Dr. V. V. Doiphode,
Dean, Faculty of Ayurved,
Pune University, Pune.
Last updated on May 10th, 2021 at 01:40 pm