Fetal Development

Understanding Fetal Development

Understanding the stages of fetal development is important to a soon-to-be parent. It can also be quite fascinating. Being pregnant can be a very intimate thing, but understanding what is happening to your body as the fetus develops is something you can share with your partner as well as any other children you have. It is also important to know what to expect, so you can tell if something is going wrong with the pregnancy or you are feeling something completely normal.

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Following Fetal Development Week by Week

Keeping track of fetal development week by week is a great way of feeling like you are making progress. Being pregnant can sometimes feel like it lasts forever, and seeing milestones each week can help it go a little quicker. Some books and calendars let you know the size of the fetus each week, as compared to something that you would understand. For instance one week it's the size of a kidney bean. This type of vivid picture can help put things into perspective. You will also find out each week what part of your fetus is developing. Something that will also be of interest is that most week by week pregnancy calendars also tell you what you might feel like.

Examining the Stages of Fetal Development

It is fascinating to read through the stages of fetal development. For instance, during week six of pregnancy, the heart can often be detected using an ultrasound. Also, small buds that will become the arms and legs, as well as the beginnings of their eyes and ears are taking shape. This doesn't make it seem so bad when you have to run to the bathroom more often or start to feel morning sickness. Obviously there are huge changes happening within your body, and you are sharing it with a developing fetus. At about six months you can start attributing weight gain directly to the fetus, as weighs half a pound. This will increase greatly over the next few months.

Knowledge of Human Fetal Development

Through great advances in science, knowledge of human fetal development can be fairly exact. Not only can you know when the arms and legs are developing, you can also know when the red blood cells start to be produced in the liver and when the fetus is able to hear. For example, during week eight, the ears begin to take their final shape and the intestines rotate. Human fetal development is a complex and overwhelming process, and the more you know the more you can appreciate the changes your own body goes through.