The first trimester of preborn human life
Five weeks after conception, the baby is about half an inch long
and already has a recognizable face, arms, and legs.
The first trimester, or first three months, of pregnancy is a critical
time in a baby's development.
For the first 11 weeks, the baby is called an embryo.
The heart, lungs, and brain are beginning to develop, and the tiny heart
starts to beat.
Early Milestones of Human Life
Day 1: Conception: a new human life begins!|
Day 7: Implantation: the tiny baby attaches to the
lining of his mother's uterus
Day 10: Mother misses her first period
Day 18: Heartbeat: The baby's heart has begun to beat
Day 21: Circulation: The baby's blood is now being pumped through a
separate circulation system with a distinct blood type
During this time, the mother may not notice weight gain, but her breasts
may become larger and feel tender.
She may also have some nausea or "morning sickness."
During the second month, the "embryo" becomes a "fetus."
Arms with tiny hands and fingers, and legs with the beginnings of knees, ankles, and toes start to form.
Organs such as the stomach and liver also begin to develop.
The head now seems very large compared to the rest of the body because the brain is growing so quickly.
Tiny ears and the beginnings of elbows and knees appear.
The mother still may not have a weight gain, but may tire more easily and need to urinate more frequently.
In the third month, the baby will grow to be 3 inches long, weigh close to 1 ounce, and begin to show signs of its sex.
Finger- and toe-nails will develop.
The baby is now starting to move its hands, legs, and head, though the mother will not yet feel this movement.
She will, however, gain about 3 to 4 pounds and begin to feel warmer than usual.
The first trimester is an important time in a baby's development.
Mothers should take special care to eat well, get adequate rest, abstain from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, and take only those medications prescribed by a doctor.
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