How well do you know the stages of development for an unborn baby? Do you know when the heart starts beating? When the brain waves can be measured? When all the “ingredients” are there for a new, unique individual? How about when the baby can suck her thumb? When he can smile? Roll around? When fingernails and toenails start to appear? No matter how educated you think you are, we should seek to know this information by heart.
Day 1: On the very first day of fertilization/conception, the baby contains the detailed genetic blueprint for every detail of human development – sex, hair and eye color, height, skin tone, etc. This child is unique!
Day 22: The heart starts beating! (Most women don’t even know they’re pregnant yet.) I know from personal experience that it is absolutely amazing and life-changing to see or hear the heartbeat of an unborn child on an ultrasound screen. Every woman should have the opportunity to see and hear this before she makes any decision. Otherwise, she is not fully informed.
Day 30: The baby is already 10,000 times larger than she started out!
Six Weeks: Brain waves can be recorded, which means they’ve been going on for longer than this.
Day 60 (or so): Near the end of the month the skeleton changes from cartilage to bone. Forty muscle sets begin their first exercises and, working with the nervous system, respond with small movements to touch.
Nine Weeks: Fingerprints are present. They never change!
Third Month: The baby now sleeps, awakens and exercises muscles energetically – turning the head, curling toes and opening and closing his or her mouth. The palm, when stroked, will make a tight fist. Fingernails and toenails form, and the baby’s sex is now identifiable. Vocal cords are complete…at times it seems as if the baby is crying.
MOST ABORTIONS HAPPEN DURING THE TIME PERIOD ABOVE…IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS. LOOK AT HOW MUCH A BABY CAN ALREADY DO AT THIS POINT! CLEARLY, A BABY IS A LIVING, UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL.
For more detail, go here: http://rtl.org/prolife_issues/fetaldevelopment_chrono.html. (I quote portions from this site above, but many other places document the same information.)
If you’re interested in seeing pictures or videos of an unborn baby, or finding out more secrets of the womb, you will find these links interesting:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3846525.stm Scans Uncover Secrets of the Womb
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3105580.stm Scanner Shows Unborn Babies Smile
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/24999650/ Miracle Baby is Born Twice
http://www.ehd.org/prenatal-images-index.php Prenatal Images to Use
http://www.ehd.org/movies-index.php 4 D Ultrasound Movies
http://www.ehd.org/pregnancy.php Pregnancy Calendar and Journal, DVD to Buy
http://www.ehd.org/pregnancy-heartbeat-calculator.php Heartbeat Calendar
Here, also, are stories from women who saw an ultrasound of their baby:
http://www.heartlink.org/faces/ Faces of Option Ultrasound