Life begins at conception-NOT birth.
Birth is one day in the life of a person who is already nine months old.
Week 6 The embryo is about 1/5 of an inch in length. A primitive
heart is beating. Head, mouth, liver, and intestines begin to take
7 weeks - Facial features are visible, including a mouth and tongue.
The eyes have a retina and lens. The major muscle system is
developed, and the unborn child practices moving. The child has
its own blood type, distinct from the mother's. These blood cells
are produced by the liver now instead of the yolk sac.
9 weeks - Through the medical technique called embrioscopy,
the baby can be watched sleeping, waking-up, yawning, turning,
and stretching; just like kids all around the world!
12 weeks - Vocal chords are complete, and your child can and does
sometimes cry (silently)! What an awesome baby you have! The brain is
fully formed, and the child can feel pain. The fetus may even suck his or her
thumb. The eyelids now cover the eyes, and will remain shut until the seventh
month to protect the delicate optical nerve fibers.
Week 14 The fetus is now 3 inches long and weighs
almost an ounce. The muscles begin to develop and
sex organs form. Eyelids, fingernails, and toenails
also form. The child's spontaneous movements can
be observed. Muscles lengthen and become
organized. You will soon start feeling the first
flutters of the unborn child kicking and moving within.
15 weeks -
The fetus (which means little one)
has an adult's taste buds and may be able to
savor the mother's meals. This little one is
already sucking his thumb!
By the fifth month: Babies born prematurely at 21 weeks regularly survive
but are prone to certain physical setbacks.
As science and medicine advance, the age of viability moves closer to conception and the
ability of neonatal specialists to address preemies health complications are improving.
20 weeks - Your child can hear and recognize your voice! Though still small and
fragile, the baby is growing rapidly and could possibly survive if born at this
stage. Fingernails and fingerprints appear. Sex organs are visible. Using an
ultrasound device, the doctor can tell if the child is a girl or a boy.
The child above is a baby girl.
Week 22 The fetus now weighs approximately 1/2 a pound and spans
about 10 inches from head to toe. Sweat glands develop, and the
external skin has turned from transparent to opaque.
24 weeks - Seen here at
six months, the unborn child
is covered with a fine,
downy hair called lanugo.
Its tender skin is protected
by a waxy substance called
vernix. Some of this
substance may still be on
the child's skin at birth at
which time it will be quickly
absorbed. The child
practices breathing by
inhaling amnionic fluid
into developing lungs.
Week 26 Your baby, still called a fetus can now inhale,
exhale and even cry. Eyes have completely formed,
and the tongue has developed taste buds. Under
intensive medical care the fetus has over a 50%
chance of surviving outside the womb.
Week 30 The fetus is usually capable of living outside the womb and
would be considered premature at birth. For several months, the
umbilical cord has been the baby's lifeline to the mother.
Nourishment is transferred from the mother's blood, through the
placenta, and into the umbilical cord to the fetus. If the mother ingests
any toxic substances, such as drugs or alcohol, the baby receives
these as well.
32 weeks - The fetus sleeps 90-95% of the day, and sometimes
experiences REM sleep, an indication of dreaming.
Week 40 This marks the end of the normal gestational
period. Your child, now approximately seven and a
half pounds, is ready for life outside the womb!
At birth the placenta will detach from the side of the
uterus and the umbilical cord will cease working as the
child takes his first breaths of air. The child's breathing
will trigger changes in the structure of the heart and
bypass arteries which will force all blood to now travel
through the lungs. For 9 months, your child has been
developing within the womb. Now he or she is
prepared to make an exit!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS BABY !
Birth in human beings typically occurs 270 days after conception, near the
end of a full 9 months. Shortly before birth (typically a few weeks for first
births but sometimes only a few hours for later pregnancies), the fetus
usually rotates into a head-downward position. This movement is
referred to as lightening because it releases pressure on the mother's
abdomen. For women giving birth for the first time, labor will usually
last between 12 and 24 hours, with an average of 14 hours. However,
for women who have given birth before, labor usually averages
only 6 hours.