Susan Cirba - Life Issues - Fetal Development

Fetal Pictures

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Seven Weeks
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Four or five weeks after conception, pain receptors appear around the mouth followed by nerve fibers, which carry stimuli to the brain. Around six weeks the unborn child first responds to touch. At seven weeks fingers and toes are already visible.


Eight Weeks
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At eight weeks the new life is called a fetus - Latin for "young one". All organ systems are present. The heart has been beating for more than a month now. The stomach produces digestive juices and the kidneys have begun to function.


Eleven Weeks
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Fimgerprints are evident by nine weeks. By ten weeks the unborn child can squint, swallow and wrinkle his forehead. At eleven weeks urination occurs.


Twelve Weeks
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At twelve weeks the fetus or "young one" can kick, curl his toes, make a fist,and turn his head.


Fourteen Weeks
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Fine hair has begun to grow on the baby's head by 13 weeks. Vocal cords are forming but without air the cry cannot be heard.


Sixteen Weeks
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By 16 weeks the unborn baby is now large enough and strong enough for the mother to feel his kick. Baby can even turn somersaults!


Twenty Weeks
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Baby hears and responds to voices, sudden noises and even pats on the mother's abdomen.





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