How long does it take for a baby to grow in the womb?
The average pregnancy lasts for 38 weeks from the date you conceive (this is called conception). However, doctors usually date your pregnancy from the first day of your last menstrual period — that is the day your last period started. Using this method a pregnancy is said to last 40 weeks (280 days).
This period is generally divided into three stages: the germinal stage, the embryonic stage, and the fetal stage. The two-week period after conception is called the germinal stage. Conception occurs when a sperm cell combines with an egg cell to form a zygote.
- If you're a first-time mum, active labour may take about eight hours. This is an average, though, and it could be much shorter or longer than that. It's unlikely to last more than 18 hours. Once your cervix has dilated to 10cm, it could take you an hour or two hours of pushing before your baby is born.
- Prenatal development is the process in which an embryo and later fetus develops during gestation. By the end of the tenth week of gestational age the embryo has acquired its basic form and is referred to as a fetus. The next period is that of fetal development where many organs become fully developed.
- Prenatal development: The process of growth and development within the womb, in which a single-cell zygote (the cell formed by the combination of a sperm and an egg) becomes an embryo, a fetus, and then a baby.
Moms who stroke their bellies prompt a powerful response in fetal activity. Pregnant moms, go ahead and rub those bellies. It turns out, your baby likes it! But a new study has found that the youngest of babies also respond to touch — even while they are still in their mother's womb.
- It's a natural tendency for soon-to-be moms to rub their bellies, but sometimes you can intentionally do so and give your baby a bit of a massage. It's a great way for you to relax, but more so, for Baby to feel your touch. Again, as you begin to feel Baby's movements, you'll notice that Baby responds to your touch.
- From about 23 weeks she can enjoy the daily soundtrack of your heartbeat and the growling of your hungry tummy. She'll also start to hear sounds from the outside world. Hearing your voice while she's still in the womb helps your baby feel attached to you quickly once she's born .
- Your baby can: Sense Emotions. Infants are sensitive to emotion. "By the time newborns are just a few months old, they recognize the difference between a happy expression and a sad one," says Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., author of The Philosophical Baby. Around her first birthday, a child can even sense how other people feel.
Updated: 6th October 2018