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Changes by weeks of gestational ageEdit
Week 1 (day 1-7 of fertilization)Edit
- Fertilization of the ovum to form a zygote. (day 1 of fert.)
- The zygote undergoes mitotic cellular divisions, but does not increase in size. This mitosis is also known as cleavage. A hollow cavity forms marking the blastocyst stage. (day 1.5-3 of fert.)
- The blastocyst contains only a thin rim of trophoblast cells and a clump of cells at one end known as the "embryonic pole" which include embryonic stem cells.
- The blastocyst hatches from its protein shell (zona pellucida) and performs implantation onto the endometrial lining of the mother's uterus. (day 5-6 of fert.)
- If separation into identical twins occurs, 1/3 of the time it will happen before day 5.
Week 2 (8-14 days from fertilization)Edit
- Trophoblast cells surrounding the embryonic cells proliferate and invade deeper into the uterine lining. They will eventually form the placenta and embryonic membranes. The blastocyst is fully implanted day 7-12 of fert. 
- Formation of the yolk sac.
- The embryonic cells flatten into a disk, two cells thick.
- If separation into identical twins occurs, 2/3 of the time it will happen between days 5 and 9. If it happens after day 9, there is a significant risk of the twins being conjoined.
- Primitive streak develops. (day 13 of fert.)
- Primary stem villi appear. (day 13 of fert.)
Week 3 (15-21 days from fertilization)Edit
- A notochord forms in the center of the embryonic disk. (day 16 of fert.)
- Gastrulation commences. (day 16of fert.)
- A neural groove (future spinal cord) forms over the notochord with a brain bulge at one end. Neuromeres appear. (day 18 of fert.)
- Somites, the divisions of the future vertebra, form. (day 20 of fert.)
- Primitive heart tube is forming. Vasculature begins to develop in embryonic disc. (day 20 of fert.)
Week 4 (22-28 days from fertilization)Edit
- The embryo measures 4 mm (1/8 inch) in length and begins to curve into a C shape.
- The heart bulges, further develops, and begins to beat in a regular rhythm. Septum primum appear. 
- Branchial arches, grooves which will form structures of the face and neck, form.
- The neural tube closes.
- The ears begin to form as otic pits.
- Arm buds and a tail are visible.
- Pulmonary primordium, the first traits of the lung appear. 
- Hepatic plate, the first traits of the liver appear. 
- Buccopharyngeal membrane ruptures. This is the future mouth. 
- Cystic diverticulum, which will become the gallbladder, and dorsal pancreatic bud, which will become the pancreas appear. 
- Urorectal septum begins to form. Thus, the rectal and urinary passageways become separated. 
- Anterior and posterior horns differentiate in the spinal cord 
- Spleen appears. 
- Ureteric buds appear. 
Week 5 (29-35 days from fertilization)Edit
- The embryo measures 8 mm (1/4 inch) in length.
- Lens pits and optic cups form the start of the developing eye.
- Nasal pits form.
- The brain divides into 5 vesicles, including the early telencephalon.
- Leg buds form and hands form as flat paddles on the arms.
- Rudimentary blood moves through primitive vessels connecting to the yolk sac and chorionic membranes.
Week 6 (36-42 days from fertilization)Edit
- The embryo measures 13 mm (1/2 inch) in length.
- Lungs begin to form.
- The brain continues to develop.
- Arms and legs have lengthened with foot and hand areas distinguishable.
- The hands and feet have digits, but may still be webbed.
- The gonadal ridge begins to be perceptible.
- The lymphatic system begins to develop.
Week 7 (43-49 days from fertilization)Edit
- The embryo measures 18 mm (3/4 inch) in length.
- Nipples and hair follicles begin to form.
- Location of the elbows and toes are visible.
- Spontaneous limb movements may be detected by ultrasound.
- All essential organs have at least begun formation.
- See also: Human fetal development
The fetal period begins at the end of the 10th week of gestation (8th week of development). Since the precursors of all the major organs are created by this time, the fetal period is described both by organ and by a list of changes by weeks of gestational age.
Because the precursors of the organs are formed, fetus also is not as sensitive to damage from environmental exposures as the embryo. Instead, toxic exposures often cause physiological abnormalities or minor congenital malformation.
Each organ has its own development.
- Development of circulatory system
- Development of digestive system
- Development of endocrine system
- Development of integumentary system
- Development of lymphatic system
- Development of muscular system
- Development of nervous system
- Development of the urinary and reproductive system
- Development of respiratory system
Changes by weeks of gestational ageEdit
See also: Human fetal development
From the 8th week until birth (around 38 weeks), the developing organism is called a fetus. The fetus is not as sensitive to damage from environmental exposures as the embryo, and toxic exposures often cause physiological abnormalities or minor congenital malformation. All major structures are already formed in the fetus, but they continue to grow and develop.
Week 8 (7th week of development)Edit
- Embryo measures 30 mm (1.2 inches) in length.
- Intestines rotate.
- Facial features continue to develop.
- the eyelids are more developed.
- the external features of the ear begin to take their final shape.
Weeks 9 to 12 (8th to 11th week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of 8 cm (3.2 inches).
- The head comprises nearly half of the fetus' size.
- The face is well formed
- The eyelids close and will not reopen until about the 28th week.
- Tooth buds, which will form the baby teeth, appear.
- The limbs are long and thin.
- The fetus can make a fist with its fingers.
- Genitals appear well differentiated.
- Red blood cells are produced in the liver.
Weeks 13 to 16 (12th to 15th week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of about 15 cm (6 inches).
- A fine hair called lanugo develops on the head.
- Fetal skin is almost transparent.
- More muscle tissue and bones have developed, and the bones become harder.
- The fetus makes active movements.
- Sucking motions are made with the mouth.
- Meconium is made in the intestinal tract.
- The liver and pancreas produce fluid secretions.
Week 19 (18th week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of 20 cm (8 inches).
- Lanugo covers the entire body.
- Eyebrows and eyelashes appear.
- Nails appear on fingers and toes.
- The fetus is more active with increased muscle development.
- "Quickening" usually occurs (the mother can feel the fetus moving).
- The fetal heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope.
Week 23 (22nd week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of 28 cm (11.2 inches).
- The fetus weighs about 725 g (1 lb 10 oz).
- Eyebrows and eyelashes are well formed.
- All of the eye components are developed.
- The fetus has a hand and startle reflex.
- Footprints and fingerprints continue forming.
- Alveoli (air sacs) are forming in lungs.
Week 27 (26th week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of 38 cm (15 inches).
- The fetus weighs about 1.2 kg (2 lb 11 oz).
- The brain develops rapidly.
- The nervous system develops enough to control some body functions.
- The eyelids open and close.
- The cochleae are now developed, though the myelin sheaths in neural portion of the auditory system will continue to develop until 18 months after birth.
- The respiratory system, while immature, has developed to the point where gas exchange is possible.
Week 31 (30th week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of about 38-43 cm (15-17 inches).
- The fetus weighs about 2 kg (4 lb 6 oz).
- The amount of body fat rapidly increases.
- Rhythmic breathing movements occur, but lungs are not fully mature.
- Thalamic brain connections, which mediate sensory input, form.
- Bones are fully developed, but are still soft and pliable.
- The fetus begins storing iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Week 35 (34th week of development)Edit
- The fetus reaches a length of about 40-48 cm (16-19 inches).
- The fetus weighs about 2.5 to 3 kg (5 lb 12 oz to 6 lb 12 oz).
- Lanugo begins to disappear.
- Body fat increases.
- Fingernails reach the end of the fingertips.
- a baby born at 36 weeks has a high chance of survival, but may require medical interventions.
Weeks 36 to 39 (35th to 38th week of development)Edit
- The fetus is considered full-term at the end of the 37th week of gestational age.
- It may be 48 to 53 cm (19 to 21 inches) in length.
- The lanugo is gone except on the upper arms and shoulders.
- Fingernails extend beyond fingertips.
- Small breast buds are present on both sexes.
- Head hair is now coarse and thickest.
The development is continued postnatally with child development stages.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 )William J. Larsen (2001). Human embryology, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
- ↑ Scott F. Gilbert; with a chapter on plant development by Susan R. Singer (2000). Developmental biology, Sunderland, Mass: Sinauer Associates.
- ↑ 3D Pregnancy (large image of fetus at 4 weeks after fertilization). Retrieved 2007-08-28. A rotatable 3D version of this photo is available here, and a sketch is available here.
- ↑ 3D Pregnancy (large image of fetus at 10 weeks after fertilization). Retrieved 2007-08-28. A rotatable 3D version of this photo is available here, and a sketch is available here.
- ↑ 3D Pregnancy (large image of fetus at 18 weeks after fertilization). Retrieved 2007-08-28. A rotatable 3D version of this photo is available here, and a sketch is available here.
- ↑ 3D Pregnancy (large image of fetus at 38 weeks after fertilization). Retrieved 2007-08-28. A rotatable 3D version of this photo is available here, and a sketch is available here.
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- Fetal Development Timeline from AboutKidsHealth.ca
- The Changes in Each Stage of Human Development
- Real Time Presentation of Human Embryo Development
- simplified schem
|Mammalian development of embryo and development and fetus (some dates are approximate - see Carnegie stages) - edit|
Week 3: Hensen's node | Gastrula/Gastrulation | Trilaminar embryo Branchial arch (1st) | Branchial pouch | Meckel's cartilage | Somite/Somitomere | Germ layer (Ectoderm, Endoderm, Mesoderm, Chordamesoderm, Paraxial mesoderm, Intermediate mesoderm, Lateral plate mesoderm)
|Histogenesis and Organogenesis|
Circulatory system: Primitive atrium | Primitive ventricle | Bulbus cordis | Truncus arteriosus | Ostium primum | Foramen ovale | Ductus venosus | Ductus arteriosus | Aortic arches | Septum primum | Septum secundum | Cardinal veins
Urinary/Reproductive system: Urogenital folds | Urethral groove | Urogenital sinus | Kidney development (Pronephros | Mesonephros | Ureteric bud | Metanephric blastema) | Fetal genital development (Wolffian duct | Müllerian duct | Gubernaculum | Labioscrotal folds)
Prenatal development/Mammalian development of circulatory system
arteries: Dorsal aorta - Aortic arches - Vitelline arteries - Ductus arteriosus - Umbilical artery
Prenatal development/Mammalian development of digestive system
Prenatal development/mammalian embryogenesis - Development of the urinary and reproductive organs
|General Urinary/Reproductive system|
|Fetal genital development - primarily internal|
Physiology, endocrinology, sex: Reproductive physiology and endocrinology
|Menstrual cycle/Estrous cycle|
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