The Placenta Of The Unborn Baby

By the time the developing being is 2 weeks old, the placenta, or afterbirth, has begun to develop. The villi, embedded in the lining of the uterus, are forming primitive blood vessels, which tap into the woman’s blood supply. The function of the placenta is to supply the growing being with the oxygen and nutrients …

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Fetal Emotions During Development

We now know that even while all of this physical development is taking place, the unborn child is becoming an aware, reacting human being. At as early as 8 weeks, he can express his likes and dislikes with well-placed kicks and jerks. At 28 to 32 weeks, his emerging sense of awareness transforms his physical …

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Fetal Development – The Way It Goes

The terms used to date a pregnancy can be confusing. Once the pregnancy is confirmed, your caregiver will estimate your due date by counting from the first day of your last menstrual period. Since fertilization took place approximately 2 weeks after your period, you are considered as having been 2 weeks pregnant at the time …

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Fertilization – The Beginning Mark Of Pregnancy

Pregnancy begins with conception ( fertilization) and continues until the moment of birth. It is that special time in your life when your body envelops the growth of a new being. Everything you do. everything you eat, and even your emotions may have an effect on the development of that new life. It is therefore …

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Optimum Birth – The Options Involved

Table 1.1 presents a list of options in which many women have shown an interest. Not all of these options will be appropriate for you. If any of them are important to you, but your caregiver doesn’t seem welling to accommodate your desires, encourage him to discuss his reasoning. If, following the discussion, you are …

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How To Choose Your Caregiver

Pregnancy is a time of heightened awareness. You become aware of changes in your body, in your way of thinking, and in your priorities. You must also become aware of the choices available to you that can help determine how you feel about your birth experience, your baby, and yourself as a parent. You have …

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