Life Cycle Project
By: Austin Chaney
The union of an egg cell from a female and a sperm cell from a male. The union of these two cells create a resulting cell called a zygote. This process is also known as fertilization.
The first trimester (0-14) weeks is the first of three equally important trimesters. In the first trimester the zygote implants and organs such as the brain, ears, heart, and arms begin to form. By 8 weeks into the first trimester, the nervous system can respond to stimuli and the cardiovascular system is fully functional. By the end of the first trimester the fetus develops a human profile.
The second trimester (15-28 weeks) is the time of many changes. At 20 weeks the fetus can blink its eyes. Also, the body begins to pick up pace in its growth, while the head slows down. All of the limbs have reached full proportion by this point. At 28 weeks (the end of the second trimester) the baby can hear conversations and has a regular cycle of waking and sleeping. At this point the baby can be born and survive, but it will require special medical attention.
The final of the three trimesters, the third trimester (29 weeks to birth) is a vital stage in the life cycle. At this point, the 6-9 pound fetus uses all five senses to pass water from the bladder.
The epic finale to the timely stay in the womb, the fetus passes through the birth canal after strenuous dilation of the cervix. Once the baby is out of the birth canal, it will still have a placenta attached to it. Contractions continue until the placenta is out of the mothers body.
The first stage, infancy is from birth to one year(s) of age. At this point in life, the baby relies completely on others for needs. The baby must be able to trust others to meet his/her needs.
Early childhood is from years 1-3 of the baby's life. At this time in life, the baby must learn to complete tasks itself. These tasks may include talking, walking, eating, dressing, etc...
Middle childhood encompasses years 4-6 of the baby's life. In these years, it is vital that the child's learns responsibilities and takes the initiative to create its own fun. It is around these years that the child will begin to socialize.
From years 7-12, late childhood involves the years that the child will take an interest in activities.
In these years (12-18), Children will undergo both physical and mental changes. Most of these changes will result from puberty. Puberty will provide you with vital gender defining characteristics.
Young adult hood is from the ages of 19-40 years old. In these years you will experience and persevere through the development of intimacy.
Middle adulthood is from the ages 40-65. In these years you will have a sense of the contributions and the effect you have had on society.
From 65 years of age to death is the timespan of late adulthood. In these years you will try to be contempt with your life and the impact it has had.