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Month-to-Month Fetus Development
fertilization, a 2-celled embryo is formed. Further division takes place and a small mass of cells is formed. These cells get embedded in the uterus and further growth takes place.
Second and third month :-
The mass of cells start taking shape and by the 7th - 8th week the embryo starts taking a human shape. The nose, ears, eyes and eyelashes become prominent. Fingers start forming on the hands. Movements can be seen in the legs, hands and the thorax. The fetal mind starts responding to pleasure and pain. The placenta is formed in the 3rd month that provides the nourishment to the fetus by attaching to the uterine wall.
Fourth month :-
The fetal heart beats starts. As per ayurveda, consciousness now appears in the fetus. It starts desiring the experiences and wishes of the past birth and starts echoing it through the mother's desires. That is why some of the mothers have a peculiar desire for eating pickles and ice cream.
Fifth month :-
The mind and the five sense organs become more developed. According to the Vedas, the soul enters the fetus around the fifth month and the fetus finally becomes a living and embodied structure.
Sixth and seventh month :-
The development of the fetus is complete. The fetus therefore can now survive even if delivered prematurely even though some of the organs such as the lungs may be somewhat underdeveloped.
Eight and Ninth month :-
The fetus continues to grow within the womb and increases in size and dimension. By the end of ninth month, the fetus weighs about 3- 3.5 kgs. Labor starts at the end of the ninth month and a normal healthy child is born at end of term.
Last created on 07-05-2004
Last updated on 18-11-2006
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