Baby Development Facts

1 day to 7 weeks

  • A new individual receives 23 chromosomes from each parent. He or she is truly a unique individual human being, never to be repeated. A new person has been created, who at this stage is a tiny living organism weighing only 15 ten-millionth of a gram. Life begins.
  • First day of new life: The first cell divides into two, the two into four, and so on. Each of these new cells divides again and again as they travel toward the womb in search of a protected place to grow.
  • 18 days from conception, heart begins to beat, with the baby’s own blood.
  • 28 days from conception a baby has eyes, ears, and even a tongue!
  • 28 days from conception: Muscles are developing along the future spine. Arms and legs are budding.
  • 30 days: Child has grown 10,000 times to 6-7mm (1/4”) long. Brain has human proportions. Blood flows in veins.
  • 42 days: Skeleton is formed. Brain coordinates movement of muscles and organs. Reflex responses have begun.
  • 42 days: Brain waves can be detected, the jaw forms, including teeth and taste buds. The unborn baby begins to swallow amniotic fluid. Fingers and toes are developing.
  • 45 days from conception: The unborn baby is making body movements, a full 12 weeks before the mother may notice such stirrings. By seven weeks the chest and abdomen are fully formed. Swimming with a natural swimmer’s stroke in the amniotic fluid, the baby now looks like a miniature human infant.
  • 44-45 days: Buds of milk teeth appear, and the unborn baby’s facial muscles develop. Eyelids begin to form, protecting the developing eyes. Elbows take shape. Internal organs are present, but immature. 99% of muscles are present, each with its own nerve supply.
  • 52 Days: Spontaneous movement begins. The unborn baby then develops a whole collection of moves over the next 4 weeks including hiccuping, frowning, squinting, furrowing the brow, pursing the lips, moving individual arms and legs, head turning, touching his/her face, breathing (without air), stretching, opening the mouth, yawning and sucking.

8 – 10 weeks

  • 8 Weeks: Now a small-scale baby, at approximately 3 cm (1 1/8”) and weighing a gram (1/30gth oz.), yet well proportioned. Every organ is present. Baby’s heartbeat is steady. Stomach produces digestive juices. Liver makes blood cells. Kidneys begin to function. Taste buds are forming.
  • 8 ½ Weeks: The unborn baby’s fingerprints are being engraved. Eyelids and palms of hands are sensitive to touch.
  • 8- 8 ½ Weeks: Of the 4500 structures in the adult body, 4000 are now present in the unborn baby. The skeleton of the arms and legs and the spine begins to stiffen as bone cells are added.
  • 9 Weeks from conception: The unborn baby will bend fingers around an object placed in his/her palm. Unique fingerprints appear. Thumb sucking may occur.
  • 10 Weeks: The unborn baby’s body is sensitive to touch. He/she squints, swallows puckers up brow and frowns. Eyelids, fingerprints and even fingernails are evident.

11 weeks

  • 11 Weeks: The unborn now “practices” breathing, since he/she will have to breathe air immediately after birth. Baby urinates, and stomach muscles can now contract. Vocal chords and taste buds form. Facial expressions and even smiles are evident.

12-17 weeks

  • 12 Weeks: Though too small to be felt by the mother, the baby reaches peak frequency of movement during the third month. The baby’s sex can be visually determined, and the child’s eyes, ears and face begin to display distinctive characteristics. He/she can kick, turn feet, curl and fan toes, make a fist, move thumbs, bend wrists, turn head, open mouth and press lips tightly together.
  • 12 Weeks: The unborn baby is now about 3 inches long, weighing approximately 2 ounces. Fine hair begins to grow on his/her upper lip, chin and eyebrows. The baby swallows and responds to skin stimulations.
  • 13 Weeks: The unborn baby is about 3 inches long, weighing approximately 3 ounces. His/her facial expressions may resemble the parents. The baby is active, but baby is too small for mother to feel anything.
  • 14 Weeks from conception: At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day. The unborn baby’s eyebrows have formed and eye movement can be detected.
  • 15 Weeks: In the growth development of the unborn baby, a wild production of nerve cells begins and continues for a month. A second surge will occur at 25 weeks. By now the baby also has an adult’s taste buds.
  • 4 Months: The unborn baby is now only 5 ½ inches long, weighing approximately 5 ounces. He/she is actively moving about inside the safety of the womb. The baby turns, kicks and even somersaults – some of which can now be felt by the mother.
  • 4 Months: Bone marrow is now beginning to form and the unborn baby’s heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood a day.

18-19 weeks

  • 4 1/2 Months from conception: Still very small (less than 8 inches in length), the baby can have dream (REM) sleep. Nostrils and toenails become visible.
  • 4 1/2 Months: The unborn baby’s ears are functioning by the end of the 4th month and he/she hears the mother’s heartbeat, as well as external noises like music. The baby is also able to experience pain. Life-saving surgery has been successfully performed on babies at this age.
  • 18-20 Weeks: The baby has grown in size approximately 7 ½ inches long and 14 ounces in weight. His/her movements can now be felt by the mother, including the baby’s hiccups.

20 – 26 weeks

  • 5 Months: Each side of the brain now has a billion nerve cells. If a sound is especially loud, the unborn baby may jump in reaction to it. Thumb-sucking has been observed during the 5th month.
  • 5-6 Months: The unborn baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into its developing lungs. The baby will increase seven times in weight and nearly double in height.
  • 6 Months from conception: Fine hair grows on eyebrows and head. Eyelash fringe appears. The unborn baby’s weight is about 640g (22 oz.), height 23cm (9”). Babies born at this age have survived.

27-32 weeks

  • 25-28 Weeks from conception: The unborn baby can recognize his/her mother’s voice. The baby is using four of the five senses (vision, hearing, taste, and touch), opens and closes his eyes, and knows the difference between waking and sleeping, and can relate to the moods of the mother.
  • 8 Months: The unborn baby’s skin becomes pink and smooth. The pupils of the eye respond to light.
  • 8 Months: The unborn baby’s weight increases by 1 kg. (over two pounds) and his/her living quarters inside the mother’s womb are becoming cramped.
  • 8 Months: The unborn baby’s fingernails reach to the tip of the finger. The skin begins to thicken, with a layer of fat stored underneath for insulation and nourishment.
  • 8 Months from conception: The unborn baby swallows a gallon of amniotic fluid each day and often hiccups. Though movement is limited, due to the cramped quarters the baby’s kicks are stronger, and mother may be able to feel an elbow or heel against her abdomen.

33+ weeks

  • 9 Months (33-40 Weeks) from conception: The baby gains about one-half pound per week as she/he prepares for birth. The bones in the child’s head are soft and flexible to more easily mold for the journey down the birth canal.
  • 9 Months (33-40Weeks): The unborn baby triggers labor and birth occurs, an average of 264-270 days after conception. Of the 45 generations of cell divisions before adulthood, 41 have already taken place. Only four more come before adolescence. Ninety percent of a person’s development happens in the womb.
  • References: • Milestones of Early Life How you Began Your Journey • Tanner, J.M., Taylor, G.R., and Editors of Time-Life Books, Growth, New York: Life Science Library, 1965. • Nilsson, Lennart and Rosenfeld Albert. “Life Before Birth”, Life Magazine, April 30, 1965, pg.6-13. • Carlson B., Human Embryology & Developmental Biology, Toronto, Mosby Publication 3rd edition, 2004. • Moore K, and Persaud T., The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1998. • O’Rahilly, R and Muller, F., Human Embryology and Teratology, 3rd Edition, New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2001. • Tsiaras, A and Werth, B. From Conception to Birth, a Life Unfolds, New York, Doubleday, 2002. • “Fetal Development” National Right to Life, from Conception to Birth.

Reasons to Be Pro- Life Series 1

 

Considering the current political and cultural climate surrounding abortion, now is a good time to reaffirm why we are pro-life. The next few pieces will consider some of the leading reasons why we stand by these principles and refute some of the main pro-choice arguments.

If asked why I am pro-life, I refer to the title I hold- I am pro protecting life. Whether you stand by religious or secular principles, both sides can typically agree that no one has the right to end a human life. Assuming we agree on this, we need to define what makes us human and what constitutes life.

 We are human because of our DNA, RNA and molecular composition. A horse cannot produce a human any more than a human can produce a horse; our biology makes us uniquely human. To have any other definition leaves room for deeming others superior than others. We have seen throughout history groups of people being subjugated for superficial differences when the reality is that while each person has unique DNA that composes them as an individual, homo sapiens can be identified by their genetic structure. Science aside, Genesis also tells us the God specifically created humans. 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

So we are human because God created us that way, as image bearers.

 If we were created human, then when are we considered to have human life? At conception, or the joining of a sperm and an egg, a new cell is formed- the zygote. It is at this point that all the foundations for life and unique DNA is established; its make-up is distinctly different from the cells that created it. Further, even as a single-cell being, embryos are distinctly different from other human cells because it is composed of human parts (DNA, RNA, cells, & protein) and acts as an organism (a living being). The zygote produces human tissue and structures that function together, another characteristic of an organism. These developments do not produce the embryo but rather is produces BY the embryo. From conception, development is organized and coordinated. While other cells may coordinate to form structures, they are unable to complete a full human being, and do not produce in the same organized manner that sustains life- this results in tumors. They act as cells not organisms.

 We can also turn to Scripture to state a case for life beginning in the womb. Jeremiah 1:4-5 tells us that we were known before we were even formed. Multiple verses in Luke, Luke who was a medical doctor, point to this as well. Luke 1:41-44
"And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy." 

Before this event, Mary had just recently conceived and left with haste from Nazareth to her cousin in Judah. This could be about a week’s travel. This timeline put Mary in the very first few weeks to 1st month of pregnancy when Elizabeth’s child leaped with joy in acknowledgement of Jesus.  

It is also worth noting the same word for "baby" is used through Scripture to describe the infant in the womb as for one that has been born. 

 Scripture and science both tell us that life begins at conception. If human life is valuable, then all human life should be valued equally. Stage of development does not make someone any more human than another, and so one reason to oppose abortion is because we have an obligation to protect life- from beginning to end. 

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court ruling that determined the right to privacy includes the right for a woman to terminate her pregnancy. This effectively made abortion legal up to the third trimester (however, third trimester abortions are legal if there are risks to the health and life of the mother). Its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, was decided on the same day. It defined health in such broad terms- to include all factors from physical, to emotional, to economic- that it effectively legalized abortion through all stages of pregnancy (Do You Know Doe, n.d.).

This election has highlighted the importance of voting on the issues. Gallup polls have indicated that 21% of voters will only vote for candidates who share their view on abortion and 46% stated this as a major issue of consideration (Rifkin, 2015).

What are the implications for abortion laws for our new president-elect, Donald Trump? With a Republican majority in the House and Senate, and promises of appointing pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, could we see an overturn of Roe v. Wade? If this were to happen, it would not mean a nationwide ban on abortion. Rather, the jurisdiction of deciding the legality of abortion would be given to the states. This gives the power to the people, and lets them be heard. While there are some states where abortion is likely to remain legal, there are others that may implement the restrictions placed prior to Roe v Wade and others that would enact new restrictions (Henig, 2008).

The next thing to consider is what should we do now? Do we wait to see if it is overturned or do we act proactively?

 I would suggest that now is the time to put in the footwork. In the time leading up to this potential overture, we should be gaining support for the pro-life cause With so much access to information and media, our voices for life need to be heard. Education about why we should protect life needs to be widespread. Stay informed and stay involved! It is critical to petition and call our Congressional representatives to let it be known that we stand for life. Consider showing up at Town Hall meetings with a large enough group to avoid being unnoticed.  

Above all, remember that all we do, we do in love. All the facts that we have on our side will not change hearts and minds if not done in grace and love.

In the posts to come, some of the reasons why we stand for life will be discussed. Tell us, why are YOU pro-life?

 

Sources

Do You Know Doe? (n.d.). Retrieved November 16, 2016, from https://rtl.org/prolife_issues/DoYouKnowDoe.htm

 Henig, J. (2008, April 6). Effect of Overturning Roe v. Wade. Retrieved November 16, 2016, from http://www.factcheck.org/2008/04/effect-of-overturning-roe-v-wade/

 Riffkin, R. (2015, May 29). Abortion Edges Up as Important Voting Issue for Americans. Retrieved November 16, 2016, from http://www.gallup.com/poll/183449/abortion-edges-important-voting-issue-americans.aspx

Sing A Little Louder

We just received this short film called "Sing A Little Louder" from Kingdom Works @kingdomworks.com.

I have read the pamphlet before and was quite affected by it.  I couldn't understand how one could hear the screams for help from those trapped and not be able do everything they could to overtake that train and help. The helplessness of those church goers and the young boy. The haunting of that day that would stay with them for the rest of their lives.

It is also hard for us when we want to help someone who is considering abortion.  They too are usually feeling boxed into a train car that is moving along the tracks with the circumstances, pressures and fears as the cruel masters over their decision making process.  

Praise God that they have a place to run, a place to turn to that can help them to be free from the prison of their fear.  We have the opportunity to do something about the issue of abortion and to show God's grace and love to those who are considering it. 

We at Birth Choice of Temecula are that "Voice of Love" that "Voice to the Voiceless".   Each day we pray that women, men and children would be affected by our center, that lives would be saved and mothers hearts turned toward their children.

We have a long train track ahead of us.  We will continue to fight to free those entrapped in the boxcars of their minds and lives.  Pray about your involvement in the fight to end abortion and help those affected by unplanned pregnancy.  If not us, Who?  If not now, When?  Life is precious, sacred and needs to be protected.

Watch this short movie and pray about how God would have you respond.

Contact us today for more information: www.bct4life.org

A Great Honor

It was a great honor to be given resolutions of support at our Gala earlier this year, by  Mayor Mike Naggar and the Temecula City Council as well as Assemblywoman Marie Waldron.

We work hard to be an outstanding center that our city and and county could be proud of and we are grateful for this recognition of our efforts. 

Mayor Mike Naggar

 

 

Office of Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

Planned Parenthood Selling of Fetal Parts

There is much that is disturbing about the current expose regarding the selling and/or profiting from the sale of aborted fetal "tissue" or as the video's describe it "parts".  This is heartbreaking on many levels and shows the continued callous nature of those traffic in abortion.

***Disclaimer*** The following videos may be disturbing to some viewers.  Viewer discretion is advised.

Center for Medical Progress Videos

The link to the video's posted on "The Center for Medical Progress" are very disturbing.  Some smaller clips that are taken from a much longer video give a glimpse into the conversation between an undercover journalist and high level personnel of Planned Parenthood. Many facts are sure to come to light as have attacks against this organization for its undercover expose.

It is times like these that show the moral degradation of our country and we must not let the opportunity to pray for those affected by abortion and the heartache that must be felt by many women being reminded of their own choice to abort and donate their child's fetal tissue. We must also remember that as Christians, Christ died for those Planned Parenthood workers as well, and we must be devoted to praying for their salvation.  We cannot stoop low and treat them as they treat the innocents, instead we must stand for what is right in a manner worthy of the gospel that we have received.  They must be stopped from being allowed to kill the most innocent of all God's creation but not at the expense of destroying the image of Christ that we are meant to represent. 

Abbey Johnson  (former PP Director) made a statement to the Washington Post regarding this situation that gives a good perspective.  

See that post here--> http://www.washingtontimes.com/news

This is a terrible situation and  our hearts break because of it.  We are glad that "The Center for Medical Progress" had the guts to step out and go undercover, but absolutely abhorred by what was uncovered.

Now is the time to partner with your local pregnancy resource center so that they have the funds available to reach out to their communities like never before. We must reach the lost and those wounded by this situation.  Pray today about what God would have you do.  

Up to Date Live Action News Reports Regarding Planned Parenthood

AB 775 Reproductive FACT Act/A.K.A. The BULLY Bill

AB 775 Reproductive FACT Act (Chiu, D-San Francisco)

Would enact the Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency) Act, which would require licensed covered facilities to disseminate a notice to all clients stating that “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women.” 

HISTORY & BACKGROUND

The bill would require licensed Pregnancy Medical Centers, specifically those devoted to pro-life, to advertise the availability of abortion. If they do not, the centers would be fined.

It would also require unlicensed Pregnancy Resource Centers to disseminate a notice to all clients, stating that the facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California, in at least 22 font on all advertisements. 

Should a center not comply, the government would impose civil penalties against said facilities.  This bill would also require the Attorney General to post on the Department of Justice’s Web site a list of the facilities upon which a civil penalty has been imposed for non-compliance.

The bill states that it is meant to “regulate” the state’s pregnancy centers/clinics, but instead, AB 775 discriminates against pregnancy centers/clinics that hold a pro-life view. This bill is in direct violation of our First Amendment Right of Free Speech. This bill is government compelled speech.  

Excert from stopab775now.com:

  • AB 775 is an attack on non-profit (many of which are faith based) organizations because these community groups are helping women find alternatives to abortion.
  • AB 775 forces abortion-alternative nonprofits to advertise against their organization’s mission and core values.
  • AB775 undermines the patient & medical provider relationship by requiring that Healthcare Professionals at abortion-alternative licensed medical clinics provide a referral to an agency that determines eligibility for state funded abortions BEFORE the women is even seen by the Healthcare Professional. This is bad medical practice.There are an estimated 1 million California residents who support these abortion-alternatives organizations.
  • This bill forces abortion-alternative organizations to refer women to a government program that provides state funding for abortions.
  • AB 775 undermines the patient and medical provider relationship by giving the patient the impression that a recommendation for treatment has been made by licensed Healthcare Professionals before they have had the opportunity to perform a medical assessment.

Go to stopab775now.com  for further information.

Other Websites with AB 775 Information:

http://californiafamilyalliance.org

http://liveactionnews.org