Fascinating Story of Life Before Birth
This is the story of human life as it begins in the womb.
The moment of conception is the beginning of a new human being. All of the genetic information necessary to build our body and our brain is present at this moment. Nothing will be added to this unique individual from the moment of conception except food and nourishment.
In the next four weeks, this tiny, yet distinct embryo which has implanted itself on the uterine wall, will be developing its own eyes, spinal cord, nervous system, liver and stomach. The heart began beating at 18 days and has set the rhythm of life for this preborn baby.
The baby, a plump little being over a half inch long, with short arms and legs, floats in her amniotic sac, well moored by the umbilical cord. Though she weighs only 1/30 of an ounce, she has all the internal organs of an adult in various stages of development.
At eight weeks, she is just over an inch long and everything is present that is found in a full-term baby. The completed skeleton begins to change from cartilage to real bone for this “young one” (the Latin translation is “fetus”) and brain waves can now be detected.
The little person floating buoyantly in the amniotic fluid is now more than 2-1/2 inches long. She can make a tiny fist, get hiccups, wake and sleep.
The fourth month is marked by rapid growth with the baby weighing one-half pound or more. Now external events – especially touch and noises – will reach the baby and provoke reaction.
At 20 weeks, she curls as her mother moves, and stretches when the mother rests. She can make and impressively hard fist, and her punches and kicks are plainly felt by her mother. Some unborn children are calm in the womb, others are more active.
From the seventh month until term she increases in length from 13 to 20 inches and nearly triples in weight. She experiences the four senses of vision, hearing, taste and touch. This little person now has only to await the miracle of birth.