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How does the foetus develop?

ISSUES-SANCTITY-LIFE JOURNEY

How does a foetus develop? Take a look at this timeline for more information.

 

First trimester (months 1-3)

  • Day 1 – conception takes place.
  • 7 days – tiny human implants in mother’s uterus.
  • 10 days – mother’s periods stop.
  • 18 days – heart begins to beat.
  • 21 days – pumps own blood through separate closed circulatory system with own blood type.
  • 28 days – eye, ear and respiratory system begin to form.
  • 42 days – brain waves recorded, skeleton complete, reflexes present.
  • 7 weeks – photo of thumbsucking.
  • 8 weeks – all body systems present.
  • 9 weeks – squints, swallows, moves tongue, makes fist.
  • 11 weeks – spontaneous breathing movements, has fingernails, all body systems working.
  • 12 weeks – weighs one ounce.

 

Second trimester (months 4-6)

  • 16 weeks – genital organs clearly differentiated, grasps with hands, swims, kicks, turns, somersaults (may now be felt by the mother)
  • 18 weeks – vocal cords work – can cry.
  • 20 weeks – has hair on head, weighs one pound, 12 inches lon
  • 23 weeks – 15% chance of viability outside of womb if birth premature
  • 24 weeks – current legal limit for abortion

 

Third trimester (months 7-9)

  • 24 weeks – 56% of babies survive premature birth.
  • 25 weeks – 79% of babies survive premature birth.
  • 37 weeks – pregnancy classed as full term

This information is taken from the BBC Health website.

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