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Fetus Development Process

It all starts with a Fetus.

When someone first gets the news of a baby on the way they immediately think about the possible name of the baby or how the baby is going to act and who he or she is going to grow up to look like when they get older. People often completely forget about the development of the baby from a fetus inside the womb of the mother and the process he or she goes under prior to the delivery.

I believe the fetus development process is often forgot about because not many people expecting parents included really understand and are to familiar with the process. The fetus development process should not be overlooked because it is essential to the proper growth and development of the unborn child. the fetus development process is the first step in parent development and proper steps taken and understanding of the fetus development process will ensure a healthy baby boy or girl to give a name to and raise for the expecting parents.

Fetus Development Process is separated to three trimesters

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3 Trimesters of Fetus Development

First Trimester

The first trimester is the 1 week to 12 week period of the pregnancy. Starting as a one celled zygote then developing into an embryo to a fetus the developing baby grows from 1/4 inch to about 3 inches in length and less than an ounce in grams. as the zygote develops early the placenta and umbilical cord develops in this stage of development. During the embryo development stage a brain and spinal cord begin to develop along with heart, muscles and backbone. This is also the time in the womb where the embryo develops a sense of touch and movement of the embryo can be detected.

the early fetus development is the most rapidly growing portion of the developmental period. nervous system, organs and muscles become organized and connected. During this time also fetus genitals are developed and the gender is detectable.

Second Trimester

During this trimester of weeks 13 to 24 the baby grows typically to about a foot, to thirteen inches in length and about two pounds in weight. Alot of fetal movement happens during this stage of development and can be felt by mother. Also during this stage of development the fetus's eyes develop and he or she becomes sensitive and reacts to light and sound.

Third Trimester

In the final trimester weeks 25 to 39 generally the fetus grows to about 20 inches and weight multiplies to seven in a half pounds. There is alot of brain development during this stage and preparing for birth the lungs fully develop. Also in preparation for birth the fetus rotates upside down

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Changes in mother during pregnancy

What to eat

Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is one of the best things a mother can do for both herself and her baby. Because, the food the mother eats is the baby's main source of nutrition. Smart choices about pregnancy nutrition can help promote healthy baby growth and development. Grains, fruits and vegetables are an absolute must for mothers to properly provide necessary nutrition for their developing baby. Protein in the forms of healthy meats, poultry, fish, eggs and beans are also essential to proper fetus growth. And dairy which provides a healthy source of vitamin D is good for baby.


Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout the pregnancy can help mother stay healthy and feel the best. It can also improve posture and decrease some common discomforts like backaches. There is evidence that it may build more stamina needed for labor and delivery. If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity in moderation. Don't try to exercise at your former level; instead, do what's most comfortable for you now. If you have never exercised regularly before, you can safely begin an exercise routine during pregnancy after consulting with your health care provider.

Stress Level

Some stress during pregnancy is normal. the constant thought of bringing a healthy baby into the world that you have to love and provide for day in and day out and with the economy the way it is now buying grocery and providing food for the baby as well as diapers and doctors appointments is enough to stress out anyone especially a pregnant woman. But thing like eating healthy and exsercie can reduce stress tremendously. Putting your energy in healthy places is also helpful too. And often time the help of a spouse is essential to these stressful times. A supportive spouse can lighten the stress load and give the expecting mother the love and support physically, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically needed to keep her stress levels down


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