Life Before Birth

FETAL DEVELOPMENT BEFORE BIRTH

Quick Facts About Fetal Development

  • The heart begins to beat just 21 days after fertilization, or 5 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual period began.
  • At 8 weeks, the embryo can respond to touch by reflex.
  • At 10 weeks, for the first time in development, the brain can make the muscles move on purpose.
  • By 18 weeks, fetal movement can usually be felt by the mother.
  • At 22 weeks, the baby is about 11 inches long and weighs about 1 pound.

 

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