THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH
Conception: Life Begins:
All our potential was in the one little cell that we started from. As the genes from our parents joined together they determined our height, hair, eye, and skin color, sex, blood type, temperament, and many other traits. (Note: The images of the unborn child are life size)
The cell splits into two cells, then splits again and again into a bundle of cells.
As a bundle of cells we implant ourselves in our motherís uterine wall.
By 3 Weeks:
The structure of all our basic origins and our fundamental body shape are beginning to be put in place, from brain to simple fingers.
By 4 Weeks: We have a heart beat.
By 5 Weeks:
By 6 Weeks: Our brain reveals electrical impulses.
By 7 Weeks:
Our neuron cells in the brain began to connect and we begin to move spontaneously. We are less than one inch long and tiny fingers, toes and eyes can be seen.
By 8 Weeks:
We are around one and half inches long and have all our organs. Our hands, feet and limbs are clearly shaped. Our brain has convoluted folds, like that of an adultís. Every minute about 100,000 nerve cells begin to sprout until there are around one billion at our birth.
By 9 Weeks:
Ultrasound can pick up our fingerprints, footprints, and even the creases in our palms.
By 10 Weeks:
We become very active, sucking our thumbs, jumping, scratching our head, and playing with our umbilical cord, our lifeline to our mother.
By 11 Weeks:
We are about three inches long and weight one ounce. We look and behave like the complete human beings we are. Our hearts are beating, our brains are active, and all bodily systems are working. We can suck our thumb, make a fist, hiccup, sleep, dream, hear, feel, urinate and have tiny bowel movements. This is the average age of an aborted child.
By 12 Weeks:
We can grasp with out hands.
By 12 - 16 Weeks:
We will move back if you touch our feet or body.
By 4 Months:
We can frown, move our lips, turn our head, kick our feet, and grasp with our hands. We even grow a little hair.
By 4 1/2 Months:
We respond to a touch on our lips by sucking, just like a new born baby.
By 6 Months:
Our nervous system is developed enough so that only the part of our body that is being touched will recoil from being touched.
By 7 Months:
We are in high gear. Our eyes can open and we respond to light. We also process and respond to sound like the rush of blood through Motherís arteries.
In essence, our neural circuits are the way they will be when we are newly born. We can pay attention to speech directed to us through a loudspeaker, and repetitious sounds will bore us and our heartbeat will speed up, as it to drown out the boredom.
By 8 Months:
Our brains will have the same number of cells as we will have at birth.
By 9 Months:
Our cerebral cortex, the part of our brain associated with thought and consciousness, is well defined. Our brain waves are similar to those we will have as newborns sleeping, dreaming, and waking. We are ready to be born. We decide the day of birth by signaling that labor contractions should begin.
Watch out world. Here we come!
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Created December 2000
Source: AFA Journal, May 1992.