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1 Jump to first page Chrystal DeCoste

2 Jump to first page Week 1 & 2 The first week of your pregnancy is actually the week you started your last period. As a result, the baby's age is two weeks behind the gestational age. During the second week, estrogen triggers your uterus to form a lush, blood-rich lining of tissue. Rising levels of the hormone progesterone prepare the uterus to support a fertilized egg. At the same time, the ovaries ripen eggs in fluid-filled sacs called follicles. It's during this brief period that your body's preparation can result in conception once sperm meets the egg.

3 Jump to first page Week 3 By the third week, things really do start to happen baby-wise. Around mid-cycle (day 14 of a typical 28-day cycle), you ovulate-one of your eggs is swept into your Fallopian tube. In the next 12 to 24 hours that egg can be fertilized, if one of the 350 million sperm manages to trek all the way to the Fallopian tube--from the vagina through the uterus--to penetrate the egg.

4 Jump to first page Fertilization When life begins. When sperm and ovum meet to form a single cell, new life is created. A fertilized egg is called a zygote. It begins dividing into identical cells as it sails down the Fallopian tube to the uterus, where it will continue to grow. All characteristics (sex, eye color, shoe size, intelligence, etc.), is determined at fertilization by the baby’s genetic code.

5 Jump to first page Week 4 The cells of your fertilized egg, now called a blastocyst, are multiplying. Once down the Fallopian tube, it nests in the uterus, where it divides into two parts. The half attached to the uterine wall becomes the placenta, the support system that nourishes the developing life. The other half will become the baby.

6 Jump to first page Week 4 cont’ Nerve growth begins when a sheet of cells on the back of the embryo folds in the middle to form a tube, which will become the spinal cord. At one end, the tube enlarges to form the brain's major sections. What will become amniotic fluid begins to collect now. In the weeks and months ahead this fluid will cushion the fetus. By the end of the first month, the embryo is about 1/10 of an inch long. The heart, no larger than a poppy seed, has begun beating.

7 Jump to first page 6 weeks Around week six, the embryo has the beginnings of a mouth and digestive system. A simple brain spine and central nervous system. Pits have formed which will become the baby’s eyes and ears.

8 Jump to first page 6 weeks cont’ The baby has brain waves that can be measured with an electroencephalogram. Stomach and chest are also developing and the heart begins as a bulge in the chest and will begin beating by the end of the week. Limb buds have developed as well as a systems of blood vessels.

9 Jump to first page 7 weeks The baby is already kicking. The unborn baby swims freely in the amniotic sac with a natural swimmers stroke. Although the baby is moving, the mother does not begin to feel the baby until 4 1/2 months.

10 Jump to first page 9 weeks The baby is now extremely active. At this stage, it is commonplace for parents to watch their child moving around in the uterus through ultrasound pictures. The baby begins swallowing amniotic fluid as early as this stage.

11 Jump to first page 10 weeks The baby is now sensitive to touch. The baby can also “breathe” amniotic fluid and urinate. At this age, he or she will seize an object placed in the hand.

12 Jump to first page 11 weeks All organ systems are now functioning. These tiny human feet are perfectly shaped, and could stand on an adult’s fingernail. The baby also has eyelids, nails, and fingerprints.

13 Jump to first page From this age on, there is only growth in size and maturation of the organs already present. All organ systems are functioning. The baby has a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation.

14 Jump to first page 12 weeks At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day. At this point, the baby has developed the body parts required to experience pain, including all of the nerves, spinal cord and thalamus.

15 Jump to first page  By the end of this trimester, your baby will weigh approximately 1 ounce, and be about 3 inches in length.  By the end of this trimester, your baby's fingers and toes are close to being fully formed.  The facial features are becoming well defined, with an obvious chin, nose, and forehead.  Eyes are fully formed and eyelids are developing. If you were to have an ultrasound now, you would be able to see fetal movements, although you will not feel these for at least another month.

16 Jump to first page References  me/trimester1.html#fetus   P/Pc.html

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