A Foetus or a Baby?

Your life started nine months before you were born, and that’s the same for every child.

Fetus is just a latin term for little one – we were all once that tiny and vulnerable. Every unborn baby is a human being who deserve protection.

10 amazing facts that about your life before birth

  1. At the moment of conception, a new life is formed. There is no other point where we can say our life begins. 23 chromosomes from both parents combine to create a unique individual human being and everything about that new person is coded into their DNA from that first cell. “[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.” Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.
  2. The heart begins to beat 21 days after fertilization
  3. At 3 weeks, all three primary sections of your brain are identifiable and brainwaves can be recorded at six weeks
  4. Arm buds develop by week 4, by week 6, fingers are starting to form and by week 10, fingernails are starting to form
  5. At 8 weeks the baby is fully formed and may be sucking her thumb
  6. Unborn babies show signs of left or right handedness as early as 8 weeks.
  7. Fingerprints begin to emerge by week 10 and at this stage foot prints are already engraved in the baby’s skin
  8. By 8 weeks after fertilization, the unborn child begins to react to touch.
  9. At 20 weeks babies can recognize their mother’s voices
  10. Babies born as early as 21 weeks have survived. In Ireland, baby Sive McDonald was born at just 23 weeks in 2010, weighing less than a pound, and is now thriving.

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