1. Life of a baby in the womb begins as a single microscopic cell.
- One sperm cell competing with millions more sperm cells will travel along the fallopian tube to fertilize an egg.
- Mating of a viable sperm cell (spermatozoa) and a matured egg cell (ovum) forms a single cell called a zygote.
- This zygote travels along the fallopian tube towards the uterus.
- For implantation, the zygote becomes a blastocyst which is a cluster of cells that will make up the embryo.
- Before birth, a baby is composed of hundreds and millions of cell.
2.Babies in the womb develop in three amazingly distinct stages.
- Germinal stage occurs in the first two weeks from sperm and egg cell union.
- Embryonic stage lasts about 8 weeks from the time of conception. This is the most critical stage as the foundation and all other processes of development of a healthy baby is happening.
- Fetal stage where the baby becomes a fetus (in Latin, fetus means “little one”) which starts from the 10th weeks of pregnancy up to the delivery of the baby.
3.Babies in the womb are viable as early as 24 weeks.
- Fetal viability is defined as having a decent chance in the verge of survival outside the uterus.
- The fetus reaches a certain threshold in which vital organs are already functioning like the lungs and heart.
This is called premature births
- The chance of survival depends on the gestational age of the baby.
- It requires delicate care and maximum artificial assistance.
4. Babies in the womb are nourished by placenta.
- Placenta is a structure that connects the fetus to the uterine wall.
- It serves as a port for nutrient uptake, gas exchange and elimination of waste via the mother’s blood supply.
- Waste products are transferred through diffusion to the maternal blood across the placenta
- Perfusion of the placenta with the mother’s blood is the process to transfer nutrients and oxygen supply to the baby.
5. Babies in the womb lives in Dark cave-like environment for 9 long months
- For 38 weeks, babies’ playground is inside the mother’s womb.
- They are contained in amniotic sac which serves as their protective cushion.
- The little tenant inside the womb drinks and pees the amniotic fluid (sterile).
- It also enables them to move freely as they grow.
6. Babies in the womb grow hair all over their body.
- Fetal hair follicles produced babies’ first hairs called the lanugo.
- These are fine, downy hairs which cover the body and limbs of the fetus.
- It is usually seen on the fifth month of gestation.
7. Babies in the womb are unbelievably breathing underwater.
- Babies in the womb are literally living underwater.
- Babies’ lungs are filled with fluid.
- It expands and relaxes with the mother’s rhythmic chest muscle and diaphragmatic contractions.
- Helps developed the babies’ respiratory muscles in preparation for birth.
8. Babies in the womb do dream too.
- Babies in the womb spend most of their time sleeping.
- They are observed under ultrasound imaging displaying rapid eye movement (REM) which is the hall mark of dreaming.
9. Babies in the womb can hear music and loud noises.
- Babies have an intact sense of hearing by third trimester.
- Mother’s womb is awash in different sounds.
- Babies in the womb naturally receive stimuli from the mother everyday which can enhance acoustic stimulation that is essential to normal brain development.
- In fact, they get startled from loud and sudden noises.
10. Babies in the womb give the mother-to-be the biggest thrill of experience.
- The sensation and feeling of having somebody inside you doing calisthenics is simply an amazing experience.
- Babies doing twists, kicks and wiggles inside the womb are proof of life.