PREGNANCY – Fetal Development


Have you ever wondered about fetal development? It takes about nine months for us to reach maturity in the womb, but a human fetus grows and develops so rapidly! This is a MUST READ. (Especially when considering an abortion…)

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Day 1: Fertilization: all human chromosomes are present. Unique human life begins.

Day 6: Embryo begins implantation in the uterus.

Week 3 (21 days): By the end of the third week, the child’s backbone spinal column and nervous system are forming. The liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape.

Day 22: Heart begins to beat with the child’s own blood, often a different type than the mother’s.

Week 4 (1 month): By the end of week four, the child is ten thousand times larger than the fertilized egg.

Week 5: Eyes, legs and hands begin to develop.

Week 6: Brain waves are detectable; mouth and lips are present; fingernails are forming.

Week 7: Eyelids and toes form; nose is distinct. The baby is kicking and swimming.

Week 8 (2 months): Every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form. By the eighth week, the baby can begin to hear.

Week 9: Teeth begin to form; fingernails develop. The baby can turn his head, move his fingers, and hiccup.

Weeks 10 and 11: The baby can “breathe” amniotic fluid and urinate.

Week 11: The baby can grasp objects placed in its hand; all organ systems are functioning. The baby has a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation.

Week 12 (3 months): The baby has all the parts necessary to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus. Vocal cords are complete. The baby can suck its thumb.

Week 14: At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day.

Week 15: The baby has an adult’s taste buds.

Month 4 (16 weeks): Bone Marrow is now beginning to form. The heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood a day. By the end of month four, the baby will be 8-10 inches in length, and will weigh up to half a pound.

Week 17: The baby can have dream (REM) sleep.

Week 18: Babies can routinely be saved 21 to 21 weeks after fertilization, and sometimes they can be saved even earlier.

Week 20: The earliest stage at which partial birth abortions are performed. At twenty weeks, the baby recognizes its mother’s voice.

Months 5 and 6: The baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into its developing lungs. The baby will grasp at the umbilical cord when it feeds from it. Most mothers feel an increase in movement, kicking, and hiccups from the baby. Oil and sweat glands are now functioning. The baby is now 12 inches long or more, and weighs up to 1 ½ pounds.

Months 7 through 9: Eyeteeth (canine teeth) are present. The baby opens and closes his eyes, and is using four of the five senses (vision, hearing, taste, and touch). He knows the difference between waking and sleeping, and can relate to moods of the mother. The baby’s skin begins to thicken, and a layer of fat is produced and stored beneath the skin. Antibodies are built up, and the baby’s heart begins to pump 300 gallons of blood per day. Approximately one week before birth, the baby stops growing and positions itself head down into the pelvic canal.



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© 2013 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved.

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