Development Stages of a Baby from Conception to Birth

The miracle of life that happens inside a female’s womb starts from the first day of inception. The development stages of a baby from conception to birth can be identified, although progress is actually happening every single second. There are certain stages that can be delimited from one another, and important events take place during the nine months of gestation. Pregnancy is broken down in three trimesters, during which such events occur.

Important stages of development during the first trimester

The journey of your child towards birth starts with the fertilization process, on day one, when the ovule is fecundated by sperm. However, the fecundated ovule needs several days to travel through the fallopian tube until it reaches the uterus, its home for the following nine months. While the ovule starts to divide into cells, multiplying continuously,  the mother’s body starts preparing the uterus for receiving the new inhabitant. On day six, the ovule, that is now called an embryo, starts implanting itself inside the uterus. You may not know it, but an important event happens on the twenty-second day: your child’s heart starts beating. The rest of the internal organs also start developing, beginning with the third week of pregnancy. The spinal cord commences shaping up, and the intestines also begin their individual development. Limbs start developing during the fifth week, and the baby’s eyes also start forming now. Embryo development stages continue with individualization of the baby’s characteristics. Brain waves can be detected starting with week six and during week six to week ten, the development of eyelids, toes, nose, fingernails, bones and cartilages starts, as well. A very important event takes place during the eighth week: your baby starts hearing sounds. During this period, the baby can also start moving, swimming, frowning, and even hiccuping. Towards the end of the first trimester, the baby starts breathing through the amniotic fluid, urinating, and even grasping things with their hands. The babies can suck their thumbs and the embryo starts looking like a new human being.

Important stages of development during the second trimester

During the second trimester, the baby’s heart starts functioning more and more. Bone marrow is also developed and the little being that is forming inside you starts having the sense of taste, as the taste buds are being developed. The babies also start sleeping, and having dreams, and they also begin to be able to recognize their mothers’ voices. After twenty-two weeks from fertilization, partial birth can be performed, if need be, with great chances of saving the fetus. During the second half of the second trimester, the baby starts being more and more active. The mother can feel the baby kicking, and the array of activities the child can do is quite extensive; babies can swim, grab the umbilical cord, and breathe into the newly acquired lungs. The baby can even sweat, as glands are starting to develop.

Important stages of development during the third trimester

The stages of baby development in the womb continue during the last trimester. While no important changes take place now, the baby starts using all the senses, and they can open and close their eyelids. An important stage of development is related to the fact that the baby becomes more aware of their surroundings. The baby can feel the changes in the mother’s moods, and they can realize when they are asleep or awake. Fat is being stored under the skin, antibodies are created, and the skin is thicker. The entire body is approaching the last stage of development, and, one week prior to birth, the growth process stops. The baby is preparing for birth, by progressing, with the head down, towards the pelvic cavity.

These are the most important development stages of a baby from conception to birth; proper development of the baby while in the womb is important for giving birth to a healthy child.

Sources:

http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/fetaldevelopment.html

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