Parenting

300px-Circular_mother-playing-baby-girl-dandelions-field-25260961If you think you are pregnant, you owe it to yourself to get the facts.

You have the right to be informed of all of your options as this is a life choice.

To choose to parent is to choose to fully invest yourself in the life of another. Most find parenting to be an even bigger blessing than they originally thought it would be, but they also find it to be more challenging than they imagined it would be. Compassion Pregnancy Center provides parenting curriculum, material assistance, and a variety of resources including financial assistance and continuing education. In an unplanned pregnancy, each decision has consequences that will affect you and your unborn child. We’re here to help you in the decision making process.

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Fetal Development

The normal growth and development of the unborn child is determined by gestational age, which is measured from the first day of the last normal menstrual period.

» 4 Weeks Gestation

• Embryo is completely attached to the lining of the uterus and is drawing nourishment from its mother. [i]

» 5 Weeks Gestation [ii]

• Foundation for every organ system is already established.
• Heart is the first organ to function and is the size of a poppy seed.
• First sign of brain development

» 6 Weeks Gestation

• Is the size of a sweet pea. [iii]
• Eyes are developing. [iv]
• Arms and leg buds are visible. [v]
• Beating heart can be seen on an ultrasound scan. [vi]

» 8 Weeks Gestation

• Is the size of a raspberry. [vii]
• Elbows and fingers are visible. [viii]
• Taste buds are forming. [ix]

» 10 Weeks Gestation

• Is the size of a small strawberry. [x]
• The head is half the length of the body. [xi]
• The hands can make a fist with fingers. [xii]

» 12 Weeks. [xiii]

• Is the size of a plum
• All body parts and organs are present
• A heartbeat can be heard with electronic devices.

» 14 Weeks Gestation

• Is the size of a lemon. [xiv]
• Is coordinated enough to find his or her thumb and suck it. [xv]
• Finger and toenails are beginning to grow. [xvi]

 

[i] Dihle, Vicki L., and Bradley G. Beck. The First 9 Months. Focus on the Family, 2010. Print.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] “Baby’s Head Takes Shape – 6 Weeks Pregnant.” Whattoexpect /. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/week-6.aspx>.

[iv] Dihle, Vicki L., and Bradley G. Beck. The First 9 Months. Focus on the Family, 2010. Print.

[v] Ibid.

[vi] Ibid.

[vii] “Your Baby at Week 8.” Whattoexpect. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/week-8.aspx>.

[viii] Dihle, Vicki L., and Bradley G. Beck. The First 9 Months. Focus on the Family, 2010. Print.

[ix] Ibid.

[x] “Week 10: Embryo is Now a Fetus.” Baby2see. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.baby2see.com/development/week10.html>.

[xi] “Your pregnancy: 10 weeks.” Babycenter. Web. 12 Sept. 2014 <http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-10-weeks_1099.bc>.

[xii] “Overview: Fetal Development.”Pregnancy. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.<http://www.pregnancy.org/article/overview-fetal-development>.

[xiii] “Your Baby at Week 12.” Whattoexpect. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/week-12.aspx>.

[xiv] “Your Pregnancy: 14 weeks.” Babycenter. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-14-weeks_1103.bc>.

[xv] Dihle, Vicki L., and Bradley G. Beck. The First 9 Months. Focus on the Family, 2010. Print.

[xvi] Ibid.

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