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Images of unborn babies developing in the womb

This post from Life News has ten excellent pictures of life inside the womb.

Here’s my favorite from 10 weeks:

Unborn Baby - 10 weeks old

Unborn Baby – 10 weeks old

This is a first trimester baby!

I decided to go hunting to see what is developed at this time, and found this list:

  • From this week until birth, the developing organism is called a fetus.
  • The fetus is now the size of a small strawberry.
  • The feet are 2mm long (one tenth of an inch).
  • The neck is beginning to take shape.
  • The body muscles are almost developed. Baby has begun movement.
  • While still too small for you to feel, your little one is wriggling and shifting.
  • The jaws are in place. The mouth cavity and the nose are joined.
  • The ears and nose can now be seen clearly.
  • Fingerprints are already evident in the skin.
  • Nipples and hair follicles begin to form.

The unborn baby is now called a fetus. Though the fetus is constantly moving, you will not be able to actually feel fetal movement for several more weeks. All of the organs, muscles, and nerves are in place and beginning to function. As the hands and feet develop fingers and toes, they have lost their paddle like look. The touch pads on the fingers form and already have fingerprints.

During this week of pregnancy the crown to rump length of the fetus is 0.9 inch to 1.2 inches (22 to 30mm), weight 0.07 ounce (2gm). They are now on the way to forming their testicles or ovaries, getting ready for the next generation. Until the ninth week of fetus development, the fetal reproductive apparatus is the same one for the both sexes. The head is still large and curves into chest.

Each week your uterus grows larger with the baby growing inside it. You may begin to see your waistline growing thicker by this time. A pelvic exam will detect that your uterus has grown from it’s normal, size of your fist, to a little bigger than a grapefruit.

Fascinating!

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4 Responses

  1. By the end of the 9th week, when the unborn child moves into the fetal stage, all the major organs and organ systems are in place. Many are functional. They just need to grow and mature. Of course, the child is a distinct and unique human being from the moment of conception. But certainly by this point everyone should be able to agree that there is no significant difference between a fetus and those of us who have been born.

  2. Tru3 J0y says:

    Fantastic our Creator God is mindboggling and mind-blowingly incredible.
    I thank you for the reminder.
    I always remember first feelings when pregnant of fluttering in my womb.
    It is amazing privilege, having my four children growing inside me despise the other brief ‘discomforts’.

  3. Jen says:

    “Incredible” doesn’t begin to describe that! Wow…

  4. Lion IRC says:

    The unborn baby at that age has a fetal heart rate which changes in response to external stimuli.
    This is a fact which abortion-on-demand activists dont want to discuss because it demonstrates a nervous system capable of sensing experiences such as PAIN!

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