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Different Stages Of Fetal Development

The timeline for fetal development progresses over a period of nine months. Those nine months are divided into a time frame known as three trimesters. Ideally, the fetus stays within the womb until it is fully developed. This decreases the chances of the newborn baby having medical complications immediately after birth.

The first twelve weeks or three months of pregnancy are known as the first trimester. A zygote is created after the egg is fertilized by sperm. The zygote has a total of forty six chromosomes – twenty three from the woman and twenty three from the man. The chromosomes from both partners determine the features of the unborn child. The genetic material creates the sex, height, hair color, hair texture, eye color and other features.

The cells divide and begin to form different parts of the body. As the cell division progresses, the zygote turns into an embryo. As the embryo is implanted in the uterus, a placenta attaches to the uterine lining and the embryo. The embryo receives nutrients through the placenta.

Four to five weeks after fertilization, the embryo begins to develop a circulatory system and nervous system. The spinal cord, brain, lungs, liver and other organs start to grow. The woman is no longer able to menstruate due to chemicals that are released in the body.

Hair and facial features, such as ears and eyes form in the sixth through eighth week. The arms and legs also develop. After eight weeks, the embryo is called a fetus. Genitals, toes, and the neck also grow at this time.

The thirteenth through twentieth week of the pregnancy is the second trimester. It is common to feel movement from the fetus during the second trimester. The fetus will have fingerprints at this time. The fetus will also be able to start hearing sounds. The expansion of the uterus becomes more prominent. By this point, the woman starts showing physical indications of being pregnant.

Rapid growth occurs during the third trimester as the fetus puts on weight. The fetus becomes stronger. Movements by the fetus can become disruptive to the woman or cause her to feel discomfort at times. Some women may experience a weak bladder or have back pain during this time period. Usually, at this stage the fetus is developed and strong enough to survive outside of the uterus. When the pregnancy is over, the woman begins to feel contractions and engages in the process of childbirth.

Getting adequate prenatal care is beneficial for the woman and the fetus. A physician can monitor the health of the woman and growth of the fetus. If there are any medical issues that arise during the pregnancy, the doctor can provide appropriate treatment. The physician can also inform the woman of ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The fetal development period affects each woman differently. In order to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy, medical attention should be received the entire time. Prenatal care is so important because it allows the woman and family members to know if the fetus is developing properly. Prenatal care will also ensure that any health complications the woman is grappling with will be addressed as well.

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