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Conception To Death Essay

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Conception to Death

Our bodies are ever changing from the moment we are conceived to the

moment we die. Our bodies have many different functions that help to keep us alive

every single day. We don’t think much about all our bodies do; yet everything we do

affects our bodies in some way shape or form, although we really don’t have much

control of our bodies while we are inside of the womb. So many things happen from

conception to death so why don’t we start from the beginning and go to the end.

In the beginning during the fertilization period our father’s sperm fertilizes

our mothers egg by attaching itself to the egg. Then the sperms nucleus merges with

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At about five weeks the

baby is now approximately the size of a sesame seed and resembles a tadpole more

than an actual baby. At this time the baby is made up of three layers called the

ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm which later make up the organs and

tissues. The neural tube, where the spinal cord, brain, nerves and backbone sprout

off of, is now forming in the ectoderm. The ectoderm also gives rise to the skin, hair,

nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel. The mesoderm is beginning to

form the heart and circulatory system and also this week the heart has begun to

separate into four chambers and beat. The mesoderm will also form the baby’s

muscles, cartilage, bone and subcutaneous tissue. The endoderm has the lungs,

intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as the thyroid, liver, and

pancreas. In week six the baby begins developing the eyes, nose, and a mouth. Also

at this time the baby’s heart is beating at about 100 to 160 beats per minute. Along

with the development of the eyes, nose, and mouth the baby has little arm and leg

buds forming and his ears are only small indentations on the side of the baby’s head.

The pituitary gland is also forming at this time and so are the brain, muscles and

bones. Around this time the baby is about a quarter of an inch long.

During week seven the baby is developing hand and feet, and the tail that

made the baby look like a tad pole is becoming smaller and smaller. There are also

now eye folds that are forming a cover over the eyes, as well as the nose and tiny

veins beneath the skin. The brain has continued to grow and the liver is churning

out red blood cells until the bone marrow takes over. The pancreas and liver are

now present and the intestines are connected to the umbilical cord. During week

eight webbed fingers and toes begin poking out from the baby's hands and feet, the

eyelids practically cover the eyes, breathing tubes extend from the throat to the

branches of the developing lungs, and the"tail" is just about gone. In the brain, nerve

cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural

pathways.

At nine weeks the baby is now about an inch long. The essential body parts

are all accounted for although they aren’t quite ready for the real world and the

heart has stopped dividing into its four chambers. Next up the heart begins to form

the valves and the sex organs have now become part of the external body even

though they aren’t quite yet distinguishable. The eyes are now fully formed but they

wont open for another couple until the baby is about 27 weeks along. Also at this

time the eyes, nose and mouth have become more distinct as well as the ears. By

week ten the baby has now completed the most critical portion of its development.

This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when...

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