The Fetus: A List of Accomplishments Prior to Birth
(by the way, Fetus is Latin for Unborn Childnot glob of undesignated flesh)
5 - 9 days
Gender can be determined.
Heart and eyes begin to develop.
18 - 24 days
Muscles develop along spine. Arms and legs bud.
Blood flows through veins independent from mom's.
Pituitary gland forms. Mouth, ears and nose take shape.
Electronic brain waves have been recorded.
Skeleton is formed. Brain coordinates muscle & organ movement.
Milk teeth have budded.
Lips sensitive to touch.
Every organ present. Stomach produces digestive juices. Liver makes blood cells. Kidneys function. Taste buds form.
Grasps things in palm. Sucks thumb. Fingernails form.
Sensitive to touch. Squints, swallows and frowns.
Makes complex facial expressions including smiles.
Individuality reflected in activity. Kicks, turns feet, curls and fans toes, makes fists, moves thumbs, bends wrists, turns head, opens mouth and presses lips tightly together.
Vocal cords formed. Gender apparent.
Swims and turns somersaults.
Sleeping habits appear. Responds to sounds too high or low for adults. Good chance for survival outside of womb.
Fine hairs on eyebrows and head. Eyelash fringe appears.
Eye teeth present. Eye lids open and close. Eyes look around.
Size and weight increases.
Triggers labor at 255 to 275 days after conception.
The difference between a newborn and preborn is developmental only; just as there is a big difference between a two year old and a newborn. Same beautiful blessing, different day.