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Fetal Development

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Fetal development refers to the stages of development of the fetus. In humans, there are three stages of development, divided into three trimesters. The fetus continues to develop from the day of conception until it is born after nine months.
I have just had the great news that me and my husband are expecting our first baby. This is thrilling news but now I am trying to gather as much information as I can. I'm currently at week 6 and am already feeling "hormonal" and can sense changes in my body, but I want to know what to expect in the …
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Answer When I was pregnant with my first (I have 4) it seemed like it took forever to feel the baby move. I don't think it had anything to do with my size. You probably just don't recognize the movement for what it is. I am very large, and the second time around I think I was about three months w…
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Answer I am 30 weeks going on 31 weeks and and my tummy size is equivalent to the average 4 month pregnant woman! The doctor says he is growing perfectly and is for the most part very healthy. This being my "first pregnancy" and a "boy" many mothers say that is why I am not revealing as much. I agr…
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Answer The moving of your baby is usually very reassuring. It isn't unusual for a baby to have quiet times when there is not a lot of activity. It may help to lay on your side to notice if the baby is moving or if it is still. If you feel the baby is not as active as what seems normal, discuss it…
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It's a good thing that your baby kicks, it will always tell you that he or she's doing fine! It might be painful and uncomfortable but the baby is fine, he/she is just active, so be prepared for when he/she turns 2!
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Second Trimester Fetal MovementSome woman feel their baby move in the first trimester. It is usually a fluttering feeling in their stomach. You will not feel the baby move everyday. It depends on how active you are and how comfortable the baby is. Here is a tip if you are concerned. During my pregna…
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%DETAILS% My fiance is about 3 months pregnant, and we were wondering the same thing. So we brought the question to our OBGYN. He told us that this early in the pregnancy, the baby is behind your bladder, which is right above your pubic bone. We were looking in the wrong place. Perhaps you are to…
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%DETAILS% Answer It is perfectly normal at twenty weeks not to feel kicking for a day, but as your pregnancy progresses, fetal movement will be more regular. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.
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Ballottement indicates an increase of fluid over the patella at the knee joint - this has more to do with an injury or infection and nothing to do with pregnancy.Braxton Hicks or practice contractions are uterine contractions not usually felt until the second trimester or third trimester of pregnanc…
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I measured small too. But I had a scan and it was fine the cause for my smaller than daes bump ws that the baby was low down in the pelvic region.   I don't think so. At 31 weeks, i measured 27 and now at 35 I measure 32. my doctor says it's just the way my body is. So stay calm and listen to…
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at 10 1/2 weeks a babies heartbeat should be between 140 and 150   Not all pregnancies are the same, i should know, I'm having my 6th one. From what i was told with my pregnancies, was that for boys, the normal beat would be between 130/139 and for girls 140/150. If it's much over or much und…
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Yes, if proper care is taken
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Look for a ring on its finger! Just kidding. I would guess that you would have to go to the doctor and have an ultrasound or something.   My baby has just engaged (I had it confirmed by the midwife yesterday). I now find it much harder to walk, as I can feel the baby really far down now, and …
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I knew I was having a boy at 14 weeks.It's all dependent on how your baby is positioned. My sister wasn't able to tell what her first kid was because she (the fetus) had her legs crossed during the ultrasound. :-)It's also a lot easier (for obvious reasons) to tell if it's a boy than if it's a girl.…
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If you have been going to your regular check ups, then I'm sure everything is fine. Just mention your concern to your doctor at your next visit. If you are are really worried, call them and see if you need to come in earlier. If you haven't been seeing a doctor on a regular basis, you should go see …
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With a doctors "listener" it can be heard. I wouldn't say loud and clear, but it's possible it could be loud and clear, depends on the woman and the baby.  Yes I heard my babys heartbeat at 9 weeks pregnant with a at home fetal monitor.  A vaginal ultra sound can detect a heartbeat as so…
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That is way too early to feel the baby move. You may be feeling extra gas, since you are pregnant. Or possibly the muscles stretching and moving. Most people don't feel the baby move until at least 4 months. I dont think this is entirely true. yes no one else can feel the baby kick outside the womb…
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Answer I have no idea, but it was on CSI and they are known for being truthful so I'd say it's true, but very, very rare. Answer Yes it is very true and very uncommon. If life teaches you anything let it teach you this: 'Nothing is impossible... just highly improbable at times.' Yes, this …
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With an ultrasound, at about 3 or 4 weeks. With the device the doctor uses in the room, at about 9 weeks. I don't know for the things you buy at the store.   I am going to disagree with this last answer. With a vaginal ultra sound a heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks gestation but …
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all my babies heartbeats were around 160, they are all girls, but my cousins baby is a boy & his ran around 140.
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There are heart rate monitors that you can purchase that magnify the baby's heart rate, just like the one your doctor uses. You can also hear the baby's heart rate with a stethoscope. Have your doctor show you the difference between hearing the baby and hearing the placenta. The babies heart rate is…
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Every woman is different. Although it is unlikely in first time mothers, do not completely rule it out. It could also be gas you are feeling.Most first time Mums feel movement at around 20 weeks, and second time Mums around 16 weeks.I dont think it honestly matters if you are a first time mom or not…
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Drinking Alcohol After Conception Wouldn't it be nice if you heard "Ding! You Got Pregnant." You know, kind of like that annoying "you got mail" from AOL? But, that biotechnology doesn't exist (not yet, anyway) and most mothers-to-be are oblivious that baby-making has begun until several weeks into…
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Rubbing alcohol is very drying to the skin. I would recommend a hypoallergenic oil, lotion or cream and never use Vaseline, baby oil or mineral oil! They are made from petroleum and are considered to be carcinogenic, which means they may cause cancer. Read your labels. They do not absorb into the sk…
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as a flight attendant, we have the highest amount of miscarriages in any industry. my book on becoming pregnant tells 3 different times how hard it is to become pregnant while flying a lot in the airplane. after being off work for 2 months, i just now became pregnant, and i know this info is in the …
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As long as you can feel the baby move every day you should be fine. Some days they are more active than others.   Once your baby begins its first movements, you should feel it move everyday. After the 5th month, if you have begun feeling movemements and the baby does not move for more that a …
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a doctor tried to tell me the same thing.....he said my babys not alive cause they couldn't see a active heart beat.I went home all upset waiting for my body to DO what THE doctors call it "abort the baby NATURALLY".THIS IS WHEN THEY SEE A SAC BUT NO HEART BEAT.COUPLE DAYS LATER I WAS BLEEDING AND …
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I personally have not known anyone to have this problem.
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No, you are feeling your own heartbeat as the blood flow to your uterus is increased.
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You can see the babies heartbeat but not hear it at this point i saw my babies heart beat at 7wks 3days Hey- Last time I was pregnant, I heard my babys heartbeat at 5 week. It was beating at 180 beats per minuite. It was magical. Good luck!
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I am 23 weeks pregnant. At this time is your pregnancy, your baby should have a pattern that it goes by just like we do. Being awake during the day, sleeping at night. I can't say the exact amount a baby moves, but you should feel him or her sparatically throughout the day. I feel my baby move a few…
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Ultrasound works the same way as a ships sonor or a bats echolocation. Now, didn't that help?When sound travels through a media like air or water it travels at a certain speed and some of the energy is absorbed by the media and some bounces off whatever it hits. This is like any other echo you have …
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ANSWER You can see the hearbeat at your FIRST ultrasound appointment.....it won't look like much, just a bright, very fast flutter on the screen, but alas that is your "little one"! My wife and I saw our baby's heart beat with a transvaginal probe a little less than 4 weeks after conception, whi…
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You as the mother can feel a little something. But it's a moving living baby. Just wait till your 20 weeks and you feel a kick. It is great. By this time your partner should be able to enjoy this with you.
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There could be many things. One is if there was no ultrasound yet I would have one done. You just might not be able to hear the heart yet. Talk to your doctor.
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It's determined by the genetic chromosome of the sperm. Women have only one X chromosome in the egg (both egg and sperm have 23 pairs of chromosomes, which unite to form 46). On the other hand, men have either X or Y chromosomes.If an egg (X chromosome) joins with an X chromosome sperm, the result w…
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From what I understand, you should see a fetal pole by that time. However, I would go back for another u/s in about a week to see if things have changed or not.
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Yes, that is a very normal heartbeat for a fetus. I have had 3 children & pregnant with my 4th & my 1st 3 kids heartbeats were in the 160's. All girls. This baby though I am pregnant with is ranging 140's to 150's. Your baby has a good strong heartbeat. Good Luck! A normal heart rate for…
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Test tube babies are babies that are created in a test tube by taking one sperm cell and one egg cell and combining them. So the baby starts to develop in the test tube and is then implanted into the mothers uterus. You were pretty much right. Test tube babies are also called In Vitro babies. I t…
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It means go to the dr. Don't chance health of yourself and possibly a childs. It probably means you have uterine fibroids.You often get a "fluttering" feeling with these.The best way to find out is to go to the doctor.
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I'm 23 weeks right now and haven't felt the baby kick yet. My mid-wife assured me that everything was ok, just some women feel it before, or more often than others. Then I listened to the heart beat and that made me feel better that everything was ok.   I think maybe the reason you haven't fe…
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Answer Well, I have 2 periods per month so, my mom put me on birth control and at first it didn't work but then, it started to work. My periods became lighter and shorter.
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Absolutley that was the first symptom I noticed.
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Call your OB immediately. They should determine the cause as it could be nothing bad or something really serious, which will require blood and urine tests. Taking Tylenol will reduce the fever and might make it seem like less of a problem, but the problem is still there. Do not self medicate. Get it…
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i had an ultrasound when i was 6 weeks pregnant, but by ultrasound, the pregnancy measured to be 5 weeks, so no fetal pole was seen yet. i think the earliest fetal poles can be seen is about 6 1/2 - 7 weeks. hope this helps :)
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Answer Yes Some women, especially young, slim, fit ones with good muscle tone don't show much of a bump at all. Check it out by having an ultrasound scan if you are worried.
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Answer The pregnancy cycle is pretty much done in three month increments, there is the first trimester 0-3 months second trimester 3-6 months and the third trimester is 6-9 months in the first trimester a lot goes on first the sperm fertilizes the egg then the egg divides into many cycles of cells …
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Answer I have learned as early as early as 8-9 weeks! Amazing hay! You can find photos of this online if you look.
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From my own experience I can tell you that its hard to explain. It's such an almost weird feeling that I don't think I've ever felt anything like it. All I can say that it feels like your stomach is full (like when you've had way to much to eat). It's difficult to explain, because you are feeling …
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Answer hopefully when all the organs develop..in about 3-5 months..get an ultrasound and see for yourself.
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Answer Yes it is normal to feel your baby move under your belly button I'm pregnant with my third child and you feel the baby move any where it feels like kicking or turning. The only time you need to worry is if your baby inst moving at all.
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See A Doctor  Babies can sleep, hiccup, sneeze, etc., inside of you, and no, it's not always a bad thing, but you are worried and this is a crucial part of your pregnancy so please .. make an appointment with your doctor and put your mind at rest. Congratulations Marcy If your baby moves…
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The baby's heartbeat may not be detected on ultrasound scan until week 6, and if using a Doppler it may be much later, week 9 or so.
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Answer All women grieve in a different way, and you're in shock. You've been through a lot and I am very sorry to hear about it. In time, one day you'll just have a flood of tears and do your grieving then. There is no reason why you can't have another baby and one you can carry full term. God Bl…
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Answer You cannot tell the baby's sex by the rate of the heartbeat as this depends on many factors. It is an old wives tale that you can.
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not really, its tryin to learn how to use its limbs and its not uncommon to not feel the baby everyday. and if you do feel it everyday that's fine too.  Some babies are just more active than others. If you only feel it move occasionally, that's just fine. The kid might just move a little at a …
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Answer probably about the size of a golf ball. Answer If you are 8 weeks pregnant your baby will be about and inch long. Answer Your baby is about 3/4 of an inch long and weighs approximately 10 grams. http://3dpregnancy.parentsconnect.com/calendar/8-weeks-pregnant.html
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Pretty good, many babies have been born a lot earlier than that Even babies born as early as 25 weeks now have a good chance of surviving.More than 90% of premature babies who weigh 800 grams (a little less than two pounds) or more survive.Those who weigh more than 500 grams (a little more than 1 po…
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No, you would have to be a rare case of super-sensitive to be able to feel that. To date, I have never heard of a woman who can feel the baby's heartbeat. What you may be feeling is your own heartbeat as the blood flow to your uterus is increased. Or it may be just the baby kicking. Many babies also…
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feeling baby's heartbeat.You can't feel the baby's heartbeat, but you can hear it. and I believe that is at 5 months.
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It is possible that the pregnancy is not stable (sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news). This is not for sure and you should have another scan about a week after the first.Your HCG levels need to be stable to support the pregnancy. Your body may be still trying to decide whether it is truly…
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Yes it is possible to feel movement at 16 weeks. Don't worry if you don't feel it this soon. It is different for each pregnancy.  Fetal movementsMost women will feel movements in a first pregnancy at around 20 weeks and with second and subsequent pregnancies at around 16 weeks, but as said abo…
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The baby's heart beat can be seen on an ultrasound at around 7 weeks, and if you are very slim MAY be heard on a Doppler from 9 or 10 weeks. Here is more advice and input: * Most Heartbeats can be heard by 15/16 weeks. * My doctor wasn't able to hear my babies until I was about 3-4 months pregnant. …
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Answer It is not the baby pressing on an artery, simply that the blood flow to the uterus is much greater in pregnancy that in times of quiet she may be aware of it.
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there shouldn't be timing marks under there, but anyways.....if you have a timing light, point it from the top at about 1-2 oclock towards the crankshaft pulley. there should be a reference mark on the timing cover/front cover that sticks out over the crankshaft pulley. there will be 4-5 teeth marks…
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moving feels like watter slosing around and kicking feels like a bubble poping latter youll be be able to feel him or her kick and youll deff.. be able to tell
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First off it is not your stomach per say that grows, it is your uterus. The uterus sits deep in the pelvis and usually fits in there until month 4 when it flips up over your symphysis pubis in need of more room. Every woman is going to be different though with our various body shapes and will be dif…
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Answer One of my friends got pregnant when she was a teen and she could suck in her stomach. I wouldn't recommend it though. Answer Sucking in your stomach won't affect a pregnancy one way or the other. You are pulling in your abdominal muscles which are nowhere near your uterus.
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Answer I thought they couldn't see any thing until 6 weeks. You might want to wait before you start stressing. Answer At 5 weeks an ultrasound tech. can see a thickening in the uterine lining but a heartbeat cannot be detected because the embryo is not developed enough. It might appear empty …
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Answer A fully formed miniature human being who basically needs 12 more weeks to put on fat, and brain/nervous system continue to mature, but 28 weeks is the magic number where, if born,would have excellent chances of survival.
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Answer my step sister had a baby and she had her first ultra sound at 2 months so yes i believe it's still early. Actually I had an Ultrasound done at 5 weeks and 5 days. They were able to see the sac, baby and pick up the heart beat at 122 bpm. So no, it it not too early to get an ultrasound.
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Answer 8 weeks from conception is 10 weeks of pregnancy, is your sonographer confused?
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Yes. You are not to, under ANY circumstance to get a tattoo while you are pregnant. You are bombarding the body with a foreign substance that your body will fight off, and in the pregnant state, this is not good. It is a standard question that is asked before any tattoo. Wait the nine months.
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The baby's complexion has nothing to do with what you eat. That's a result of genetics and DNA.There is absolutely nothing you can eat that will influence a child's complexion, fair parents tend to have fair children, dark complexioned parents have dark complexioned children.
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It is best to do an ultrasound at 20 weeks. Any time before could likely be too soon. Waiting to long after could result in your baby getting to big and balled up. Therefore, it would be hard to tell with it being in the position it gets in with fast growth after then.
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Answer im going though the same thing right now as the doctors said that they couldn't detect a heart beat but they never said that i would miscarry either they just said can i come in for a dnc so i said no and that i wanted a second opinion as i still am going through all the normal pregnancy s…
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Answer There is no average. If it is your first baby it usually happens between 36 and 38 weeks but if your baby is in an awkward position (as mine was) it may not happen until you go into labor. At the end of my (first) first stage (1 and 1/2 hours) it was still 1/5, second stage was another 3 …
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It depends on the person and how big the baby is and how you are carrying the baby. You could be carrying the baby towards your back or you could be carrying al forward! everybody is different. I am only 6 1/2 months and look like I am 8 months. But this is also my 4th child. Alot of women who have …
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Answer If it is your first baby this is about what you would expect, the baby will come when it is ready. 2/6/2008: I'm sure since you have already had 2 children that you are aware of what your body is telling you and are just anxious about the baby coming "early"... perhaps you are looking for…
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There is also very strong research to suggest that there is no connection between eating peanuts during pregnancy and a child developing a peanut allergy. Some studies have shown that countries where peanuts are introduced early have a lower incidence of peanut allergies. Answer There is very s…
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A 21 week old baby is a fully developed child that lacks the lung maturity to live outside the womb. From this point the child only needs to gain weight and lung maturity to be born if you go to a site at www.bible.ca/s-Abortion.htm you can see a 21 week old fetus having surgery in the womb to corr…
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Answer In the ER, we don't listen until 10 weeks. It can be heard earlier but it is unreliable and only if the fetus floats close to the surface. joymaker rn
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Answer It depends if you were five weeks pregnant or five weeks from conception. If five weeks pregnant you conceived around 18 May, if five weeks from conception you conceived around 4 May. If you could see a heartbeat you were 5 weeks from conception.
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yes France is a developed country. Yes it is.
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Of course, France is a developed country.
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Normally the Doppler used to "hear" the babies heart can detect it around 10 weeks,longer if the patient is obese, slightly less if she is thin. The ultasound machines can usually see the hear at around 8 weeks, but this is variable too since some of the small portable machines cost about $25,000 an…
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Well signs are that you are repeatedly bleeding and you feel like you have contractions early and you are stressing a lot.
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No, with a Doppler stethoscope it can be heard at approx. 8-10 weeks in a thin woman.An ultrasound machine can see the fetal heart at 6-8 weeks depending on the qualiity of the machine. The fetal heart is way to small to feel early in the pregnancy, in fact, it cannot even be felt at full term.
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Fetal development occurs in the uterus.
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No, honey. Your baby is way to teeny for that! You can't even remotley hear a baby's heartbeat with a good Doppler before 9 or 10 weeks! So don't worry! Besides if the Dr. thought anything was wrong he would have told you! Look at it this way.... if you were 5 weeks along at your last Dr. appt. than…
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Answer The age of viability is 24-26 weeks gestation, although a baby born that early will have some complications. A baby born at 20weeks gestation cannot survive outside of the womb; therefore, the further along the pregnancy, the greater the chances of survival for the fetus. Babies born very …
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No. However, when the eyes of the fetus are developed and finally can open and close, they can see light. The fetus may even shield its eyes with its hands if you were to shine a bright flashlight directly into the mother's tummy! The fetus can also hear some things outside the belly once the ears h…
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At 31 weeks, a baby would normally survive, however would probably need to be in an incubator for a while and have some help breathing
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I saw my baby's heart beat via ultrasound at 14 weeks and 3 days
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Yes, it's definitely possible, no matter what anyone says. My midwife felt my little girl kick at 10 weeks, because she knew where to push down and what not. She's a strong little baby at 20 weeks right now but my boyfriend still hasn't felt it, but it can take a little time for a casual outsider t…
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Answer You will travel through three stages... but the only stages you will mostly likely give a darn about is the first two.... The first stage begins with the onset of contractions and ends when the cervix is fully dilated. This stage is divided into two phases, known as early and active lab…
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Schizophrenia is not a fatal illness. However, it makes people less likely to take good care of themselves. Many schizophrenics need care from someone else in order to stay healthy. So schizophrenia does contribute to poor health.
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