Did You Know? | Fetal Development | Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Did You Know?

Most unintended pregnancies (53%) occurred among women who were using birth control.1 One in five sexually active teen girls becomes pregnant.2 Every day approximately 2,000 teenage girls get pregnant in America.3 What is the impact of non-marital teenage pregnancy?
  • 7 out of 10 adolescent mothers drop out of high school.
  • The long-term wage earning power of adolescent fathers is greatly reduced.
  • The teenage sons of adolescent mothers are 2.7 times more likely to spend time in prison than the sons of mothers who delay childbearing until their early 20s.
  • The teenage daughters of adolescent mothers are 50 percent more likely to bear children out of wedlock.
  • More than 80 percent of single mothers under 18 years of age end up in poverty and reliant on welfare assistance.
Every substance a woman consumes while pregnant can be transferred to her fetus. Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can pass through the placenta - the organ that provides nutrition and oxygen to the fetus - and cause serious problems. For more information, please visit:

Fetal Development

Knowledge is amazing! From conception to birth it is amazing and awe inspiring to see the changes which occur in a baby.

Please watch the following video of how a baby develops from conception to birth.

How a baby develops in the womb

Did You Know?

At the moment the egg is fertilized by a sperm, the NEW LIFE contains the plans for every detail of the baby's development, including gender, hair color, eye color, facial features, intelligence and personality.

At 21 days - heart beats (size of a poppy seed - amazing!)

28 days - arms, legs, eyes and ears begin to show

30 days - now 10,000 times larger than the original egg

35 days - 5 fingers present

43 days - has brain waves

8 weeks - every organ present

9 weeks - sucks thumb

10 weeks - sensitive to touch and pain

21 weeks - can live outside the womb

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Early Pregnancy Symptoms

How can you tell? A quick head to toe list. The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before pregnancy symptoms kick in and a lucky few feel no discomfort at all. The early pregnancy symptoms listed here generally can be felt once implantation occurs (8 - 10 days from ovulation) and will lessen after the first trimester. It is frustrating to realize that many pregnancy symptoms are very similar to those that occur right before menstruating. However, combined with high temperatures and a longer luteal phase - they are key indications that you are pregnant!

Nausea and Vomiting Nausea and vomiting may come as early as a week into the pregnancy. Many women experience illness in the morning (morning sickness), some in the afternoon or evening, others feel nausea throughout the entire day. There is no explanation as to why pregnant women feel this or even a solution as to how to prevent it - however, eating small frequent meals, and snacking on saltine crackers seems to give some kind of relief. Eating a protein/carbohydrate at bedtime (try an apple and a glass of milk) tends to lessen the nausea that occurs in the morning.

Breast Tenderness Breasts may be very tender, swollen and start to enlarge. Many times the veins within the breast will become more visible. Your nipples may start to darken in color, become more erect and be extremely sensitive. These symptoms are due to increasing amount of HCG hormone that begins at implantation.

Frequent Urination Pregnancy causes the uterus to swell and it will start to enlarge for the growing fetus immediately. The uterus puts pressure on your bladder making you feel the need for more frequent urination. Many women start to feel this symptom within a week or two after pregnancy has occurred.

Feeling Tired / Sluggish This one is pretty obvious. When pregnant your body is going through some major hormonal changes. HCG levels alone go from 0 - 250,000 mIU/ml in just twelve weeks. Your temperature is also higher due to the amount of progesterone circulating through your body which will also make you feel a little sluggish.

Missed Period / Light Bleeding Light bleeding (spotting) may occur approximately 8 - 10 days from ovulation. It usually happens around the same time you would have gotten your menstrual period. Some women assume they have started their period when in fact they are pregnant. The spotting is caused from implantation which is when the fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining.

Dizziness and/or Fainting When standing in one place you may feel dizzy or even faint. The growing uterus compresses major arteries in your legs which causes your blood pressure to drop making you extremely light headed. Skipping meals or going too long without eating may cause you to feel dizzy or faint. When not eating frequently enough it causes low blood sugar. Blood sugar is the primary source of food for your baby so it will be depleted much more quickly.

Constipation Pregnancy hormones will slow down bowel functions to give maximum absorption time of vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, this symptom usually only gets worse as the pregnancy progresses.

Irritability Raging hormones are the cause of this...along with having to put up with all the other symptoms. This symptom should decrease soon into the second trimester but until then, a healthy diet, moderate exercise and plenty of sleep should help the crabbiness somewhat.

Heartburn The uterus is very swollen and starts to push upward as it grows. The increasing levels of HCG will also slow down digestion making your stomach not empty as fast which increases the stomach acid.

YES, it's worth it!!!! A new life is a gift. Call us today if you suspect you may be pregnant. We offer free pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds.

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Pregnancy References

1. Henshaw, S.K. (1998). Unintended pregnancy in the United States. Family Planning Perspectives, 30(1):24-29, 46. 2. Alan Guttmacher Institute. Teenage Pregnancy: Overall Trends and State-by-State Information, 1999. 3. Source: Alan Guttenmacher Institute, US Teenage Pregnancy Statistics US Teenage Pregnancy Statistics, National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity, Updated September 2006 4. Source: Maynard, R.A. (ed.). (1996). Kids Having Kids: A Robin Hood Foundation Special Report on the Costs of Adolescent Childbearing. New York: Robin Hood Foundation.

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