Precious One


“Some People may think that my journey began at birth; but my life’s journey began long before I was born…”

12 Week Old Preborn Baby
Week 1:  Conception, the baby is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all that the person will ever become.
Week 2:  The baby attaches and burrows securely in to the wall of its mother’s womb.
Week 3:  The babies blood vessels and sex cells form.  Foundations of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are laid.
Week 4:  The baby’s heart has begun to beat. Eyes, ears, and lungs begin to form.
Week 5:  Tiny arms and legs appear, as well as the baby’s face.  The baby’s blood is now separated from the mother’s.
Week 6: Tiny fingers and toes develop. The baby’s brain is divided into three parts for emotion and language, hearing and seeing.
Week 7:  Buds of the baby’s milk teeth appear.  Ninety-nine percent of the muscles are present, and brain activity is detectable.
Week 8:  The baby begins spontaneous movement and is now well proportioned, about the size of a thumb.  Every organ is present, but immature.  The skull, elbows and knees are forming.
Week 9:  If prodded, hands and eyelids close. Genitalia become visible, indicating whether the baby is a boy or a girl.  Muscle movement begins.
Week 10:  The baby’s fingerprints begin to form. Nerve and muscle connections have tripled.  Eyelids fuse together temporarily to protect the baby’s delicate developing eyes.
Week 11:  The baby “practices” breathing and facial expressions, even smiling.  The baby can also urinate and stomach muscles can also contract.
Week 12:  The baby is now 3 inches in length and weighs 2 oz.  with fine hair on the face.  The baby is able to swallow and responds to skin stimulation.
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Medical facts sources:  Carlson, B, Human Embryology & Developmental Biology. Toronto: Mosby Publication, 3rd edition, 2004.  Moore, K. and Persaud, T.,The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Sanders 1998, O’Rahilly, R.  and Muller, F., Human Embryology and Teratology, 3rd Edition, New York. Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2001.  Information reprinted from pocket card published and copyrighted by Heritage House 2005.
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