THE BABY'S DEVELOPMENT
BABY AT 6 WEEKS AFTER CONCEPTION
-The baby's heart begins beating between 18 and 24 days, even
before the mother knows she is pregnant.
-At 43 days his brain waves can be read, his heart is beating sturdily, his stomach produces digestive juices, the liver produces blood cells.
BABY AT 8 WEEKS AFTER CONCEPTION
BEFORE BIRTH THE BABY LIVES SURROUNDED BY WATER
The baby is surrounded by water which is called the amniotic sac. He lives, breathes and swims in this amniotic fluid. At eight weeks the baby opens his mouth and drinks the fluid. Tests have shown when a needle is inserted into the amniotic sac and the point sticks the baby he feels pain and immediately moves away from the needle. Further tests have shown that if a sweet solution is added to the fluid he drinks more; but if a sour or bitter solution is added, he drinks much less.
At 8 weeks the baby is completely formed: all of his organs are functioning, he even urinates and has his very own finger prints. At this age he does feel pain, he kicks his legs, moves his feet and tiny toes and fingers, even makes a strong fist.
BABY AT 10-12 WEEKS AFTER CONCEPTION
-At 11 weeks he sucks his thumb, and has his fingernails. The placenta continues to supply food and oxygen, the child can make complex facial expressions and even smile. All bodily systems are becoming more efficient.
-At 16 weeks, only 5 ½ inches long, the child can use hands to grasp, can swim and turn somersaults.
--The 18 week old child is active and energetic, flexes muscles, punches and kicks. Now the mother feels the childs's movements. Before modern science, some said that at this time--the time of "quickening"--life begins. But the child's development actually began at conception, 18 weeks earlier.
Day one -- Conception
One week -- Attaches to wall of womb
Two weeks -- Stops mother's menstrual period
Three weeks -- Heart is beating
-- Brain waves measurable
-- Heartbeat can be heard on office
Heart has been beating for one month
EKG -- electrocardiogram can be
Brain Waves -- were measurable 2
Feels Pain -- and responds to touch
Grasps -- instrument paced in his/her
Swims -- with a natural swimmer's stroke
2½ months -- Body completely formed, even fingerpints
3 months - All organ systems functioning
After three months
-- Nothing new develops or functions. There is only growth in size and
DIAGRAMS AND PICTURES AND OTHER INFORMATION ON FETAL DEVELOPMENT: FROM CONCEPTION THROUGH BIRTH ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING SITES: