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During approximately weeks 16–20, as the fetus grows and limb movements become more powerful, the mother may begin to feel quickening    , or fetal movements. However, space restrictions limit these movements and typically force the growing fetus into the “fetal position,” with the arms crossed and the legs bent at the knees. Sebaceous glands coat the skin with a waxy, protective substance called vernix caseosa    that protects and moisturizes the skin and may provide lubrication during childbirth. A silky hair called lanugo    also covers the skin during weeks 17–20, but it is shed as the fetus continues to grow. Extremely premature infants sometimes exhibit residual lanugo.

Developmental weeks 21–30 are characterized by rapid weight gain, which is important for maintaining a stable body temperature after birth. The bone marrow completely takes over erythrocyte synthesis, and the axons of the spinal cord begin to be myelinated, or coated in the electrically insulating glial cell sheaths that are necessary for efficient nervous system functioning. (The process of myelination is not completed until adolescence.) During this period, the fetus grows eyelashes. The eyelids are no longer fused and can be opened and closed. The lungs begin producing surfactant, a substance that reduces surface tension in the lungs and assists proper lung expansion after birth. Inadequate surfactant production in premature newborns may result in respiratory distress syndrome, and as a result, the newborn may require surfactant replacement therapy, supplemental oxygen, or maintenance in a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) chamber during their first days or weeks of life. In male fetuses, the testes descend into the scrotum near the end of this period. The fetus at 30 weeks measures 28 cm (11 in) from crown to rump and exhibits the approximate body proportions of a full-term newborn, but still is much leaner.

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The fetus continues to lay down subcutaneous fat from week 31 until birth. The added fat fills out the hypodermis, and the skin transitions from red and wrinkled to soft and pink. Lanugo is shed, and the nails grow to the tips of the fingers and toes. Immediately before birth, the average crown-to-rump length is 35.5–40.5 cm (14–16 in), and the fetus weighs approximately 2.5–4 kg (5.5–8.8 lbs). Once born, the newborn is no longer confined to the fetal position, so subsequent measurements are made from head-to-toe instead of from crown-to-rump. At birth, the average length is approximately 51 cm (20 in).

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Developing fetus

Throughout the second half of gestation, the fetal intestines accumulate a tarry, greenish black meconium. The newborn’s first stools consist almost entirely of meconium; they later transition to seedy yellow stools or slightly formed tan stools as meconium is cleared and replaced with digested breast milk or formula, respectively. Unlike these later stools, meconium is sterile; it is devoid of bacteria because the fetus is in a sterile environment and has not consumed any breast milk or formula. Typically, an infant does not pass meconium until after birth. However, in 5–20 percent of births, the fetus has a bowel movement in utero, which can cause major complications in the newborn.

The passage of meconium in the uterus signals fetal distress, particularly fetal hypoxia (i.e., oxygen deprivation). This may be caused by maternal drug abuse (especially tobacco or cocaine), maternal hypertension, depletion of amniotic fluid, long labor or difficult birth, or a defect in the placenta that prevents it from delivering adequate oxygen to the fetus. Meconium passage is typically a complication of full-term or post-term newborns because it is rarely passed before 34 weeks of gestation, when the gastrointestinal system has matured and is appropriately controlled by nervous system stimuli. Fetal distress can stimulate the vagus nerve to trigger gastrointestinal peristalsis and relaxation of the anal sphincter. Notably, fetal hypoxic stress also induces a gasping reflex, increasing the likelihood that meconium will be inhaled into the fetal lungs.

Although meconium is a sterile substance, it interferes with the antibiotic properties of the amniotic fluid and makes the newborn and mother more vulnerable to bacterial infections at birth and during the perinatal period. Specifically, inflammation of the fetal membranes, inflammation of the uterine lining, or neonatal sepsis (infection in the newborn) may occur. Meconium also irritates delicate fetal skin and can cause a rash.

The first sign that a fetus has passed meconium usually does not come until childbirth, when the amniotic sac ruptures. Normal amniotic fluid is clear and watery, but amniotic fluid in which meconium has been passed is stained greenish or yellowish. Antibiotics given to the mother may reduce the incidence of maternal bacterial infections, but it is critical that meconium is aspirated from the newborn before the first breath. Under these conditions, an obstetrician will extensively aspirate the infant’s airways as soon as the head is delivered, while the rest of the infant’s body is still inside the birth canal.

Aspiration of meconium with the first breath can result in labored breathing, a barrel-shaped chest, or a low Apgar score. An obstetrician can identify meconium aspiration by listening to the lungs with a stethoscope for a coarse rattling sound. Blood gas tests and chest X-rays of the infant can confirm meconium aspiration. Inhaled meconium after birth could obstruct a newborn’s airways leading to alveolar collapse, interfere with surfactant function by stripping it from the lungs, or cause pulmonary inflammation or hypertension. Any of these complications will make the newborn much more vulnerable to pulmonary infection, including pneumonia.

Chapter review

The fetal period lasts from the ninth week of development until birth. During this period, male and female gonads differentiate. The fetal circulatory system becomes much more specialized and efficient than its embryonic counterpart. It includes three shunts—the ductus venosus, the foramen ovale, and the ductus arteriosus—that enable it to bypass the semifunctional liver and pulmonary circuit until after childbirth. The brain continues to grow and its structures differentiate. Facial features develop, the body elongates, and the skeleton ossifies. In the womb, the developing fetus moves, blinks, practices sucking, and circulates amniotic fluid. The fetus grows from an embryo measuring approximately 3.3 cm (1.3 in) and weighing 7 g (0.25 oz) to an infant measuring approximately 51 cm (20 in) and weighing an average of approximately 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs). Embryonic organ structures that were primitive and nonfunctional develop to the point that the newborn can survive in the outside world.

Visit this site for a summary of the stages of pregnancy, as experienced by the mother, and view the stages of development of the fetus throughout gestation. At what point in fetal development can a regular heartbeat be detected?

A regular heartbeat can be detected at approximately 8 weeks.

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Questions & Answers

what is the reason after birth the baby didn't cry
Karthik Reply
because the lung is not yet functioning properly probably due to pulmonary disorder
Ahmed
because ductus arteriosus should have been closing off by that time and expansion of the lungs should make the baby to cry under normal physiological condition
Ahmed
yes that is true the lung is not yet functioning
Hibo
what is the difference between the spleen and the kidney
famuyiwa
what is a cell cycle
GINA Reply
The cell cycle is essentially the life cycle of a cell. In eukaryotic cells, The cell cycle consists of the interphase and mitosis(cellular division).
Carmelo
What is blood
Clare Reply
Blood is composed of plasma and formed elements. Blood plasma is considered extracellular fluid and makes up 55% of blood volume. It contains about 90% water. It also contains nutrients, hormones, gases, ions, proteins, and other molecules. If you have an infection, it might also contain pathogens.
Carmelo
The formed elements are RBCs (45% of blood volume), WBCs and plalets (less than 1% of blood volume) A cool fact is that blood is considered a type of connective tissue since the formed elements of blood comes from mesenchyme stem cells origin.
Carmelo
differences between channel protein and carrier protein in the plasma membrane?
Kumih Reply
does the parietal pleura attached itself to the ribs
Kumih
The main difference is that solutes simply pass through a protein channel, while solutes bind to protein carriers causing a conformational change in the carrier protein and then allows the solute to pass by.
Carmelo
Besides that, both transporters have the same function which is to allow specific solutes in and out of the cell.
Carmelo
The parietal pleura does come in contact with the ribs.
Carmelo
what structure holds the vertebral column in place?
Holly Reply
the ligarmentum flavium
Kumsah
round cushion pads that sit on the between the vertebrae. The intervertebral disc is made up of strong tissue
Kumih
Alimentary canal tissue type
Noob Reply
it consists the oesophagus ,stomach small intestine, large intestine
Kumih
alimentary canal is a type of tissue that consists of mouth, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, rectum, and anus
snr
The alimentary canal consists of 4 tunics, and it has all the main tissue types in the body. 1st tunic: Mucosa (simple columnar epithelia) 2nd tunic: Submucosa (dense irregular conn. tissue) 3rd tunic: Muscularis externa (smooth muscle) 4th tunic: Serosa (simple squamous epithelia).
Carmelo
There is also nervous tissue that are present in the muscularis extrena tunic. In the rectum and anus, the mucosal layer contains non keratinized stratified squamous epithelia.
Carmelo
what is epithelial tissue
snr Reply
epithelial tissue is a line in the outer surface of an organism and blood vessels through out the body and inner surface cavities
Kumih
Epithelial tissue is one of the main tissue types on the body. it's main function is to cover and line outer and inner surfaces of organs. For example your skin is epithelial tissue which lines your outer self. The lining of the mucosal layer in your gastrointestinal tract is epithelial tissue.
Carmelo
epithelial tissue is incredibly diverse in function though. It also synthesize and secrets certain products like saliva, hormones, sweat, sebum and mucus.
Carmelo
It also forms structures such as exocrine and endocrine glands, endothelial, and mesothelial membranes as well.
Carmelo
can someone please explain the process lymphatic system
famuyiwa
There are many different types of epithelial tissue and different functions they perform.
Carmelo
@Famuyiwa, the lymphatic organ system contains lymphatic capillaries, vessels, lymph nodes, lymphoid organs and tissues. The lymphatic system is responsible for maintaing blood pressure, filter lymph (activate the immune system), leukopoeiesis, and break down old RBCs.
Carmelo
thanks alot
famuyiwa
welcome, almost forgot, another important function of the lymphatic system is to transports fats inside chylomicrons to the liver and adipose tissue mainly.
Carmelo
This happens after absorption of fats in the enterocytes have occurred and are moved into the latest vessels that lead into lymphatic vessels.
Carmelo
ok
famuyiwa
lacteal*
Carmelo
What is anatomy
Arko Reply
Structures of anatomy
Arko
anatomy is the study of science that deals with how the parts of a body is being structured
snr
anatomy is the study of organisms and the relationship of it's parts
Kumih
tree diagram of the composition of the blood
Poonam Reply
please you said our external hair is dead n non sensational so we the ladies apply cream to it, does it have a negative effect or not?
Abigail Reply
stupiddihedd
Chisom
epithelial tissue connective tissue muscle tissue nervous tissue
Eliham Reply
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Ruth
Is this a question.. or a statement!!?
Mel
Jesus love us!
Daniel
thank you I needed that!!! praise the lord
Melissa
praise God!
Sherin
lol. it was joke. i am atheist xd
Daniel
so what?
Sherin
Jesus is the only living God.
Sherin
one who find refuge in him will rest with him.
Sherin
isnt this a page to ask for anatomy questions.. not bible study
Mel
Share Jesus without fear all around the world
Sherin
and anywhere you want.
Sherin
ok bible thumper. my ex a preachers daughter was a closet lesbian who f***ed me more times at church then we did hymns
Mel
y'all are the worst hypocrites in the entire world
Mel
that's what you say... but we are living for the our King Jesus not for the world.
Sherin
your king will not save you
Mel
lady you need common sense not jesus
Mel
he's saves me everyday and I do have many testimonies
Sherin
as long as you repent on sundays. y'all are free to sin the rest of the week. but are biggots towards gays and those with a different mindset.
Mel
don't look at anyone else. please clean yourself first
Sherin
lady you are probably a troll
Mel
if you live according to the commandments in Bible, you get saved by Jesus as well
Sherin
I'm not a troll
Sherin
testimonies your kind will say y'all die in his name but dont know his words...
Mel
I'm sharing his word
Sherin
how... amen thats really shows people god exists
Mel
every word in the Bible is in tip of our tongue
Sherin
we live and die for him
Sherin
i think the same. i am atheist because all religions were made for money and authority. they telling us fake stories and scary us.
Daniel
you may have read the bible and may go to church but didnt deny being a biggot
Mel
Jesus do exist and I have experienced it mam
Sherin
not everyone is for money, Daniel
Sherin
again she wont deny shes a biggot
Mel
there are people who are fake in Christianity. I'm not saying there isn't. but there are people who just live for him because they experienced Jesus more in their lives. I will pray for y'all for him to touch you.
Sherin
let him speak to you in Jesus name!
Sherin
but mostly yes. they could do good things too but working in nonreligious organisations. i dont said everyone is bad.
Daniel
I'm not getting any money for telling this you.
Sherin
lady i have gone to church read the bible. and Quran both have truths but you as a whole as in the church are the worst Hippocrits
Mel
find churches that are small in congregation
Sherin
even if they had good intentions they spread bad theories, for example: creationism.
Daniel
all they do is pray
Mel
but wont do anything else
Mel
id love to meet you to see who im talking to from behind a screen who says Ill pray for someone who NEVER ASKED.
Mel
Quran does have truth because they copied it from the Bible. when was Bible written. Things which are happening now are from Bible. Think...when was Bible written? and things happening now from it... so are you saying there's no truth in it?
Sherin
think? they are not the same
Mel
in Quran, it says they have to make other people Muslim or else they have to kill people for their God. is that correct?
Sherin
there are less biggots again you dont deny that. and such nicer people with open arms
Mel
so you haven't read the Bible clearly.
Sherin
read the New Testament and you will figure it out.
Sherin
youll turn away a gay man and welcome a rapist
Mel
while Buddhists and islamics welcome the gays and turn away the phedos
Mel
so you are basically saying that people who worship Jesus are fake people right?
Sherin
i bet you never read the quran ever
Mel
Christianity welcomes everyone, but Church have been taught people come in.
Sherin
omg.... youll try to save rapist before allowing your own blood (child) to live in your homes who comes out gay. or not wanna be a Republican. or a gun holder
Mel
I haven't read it. But in its all hates
Sherin
but they have to change from it.
Sherin
ever person i met who is like you. has a conceal carry. owns a gun. goes to church is republican and doesnt like any races besides there own....
Mel
obviously after knowing his name, they clearly will get away from all the bad thinga
Sherin
my point you believe the bible but wont educate yourself on other beliefs...
Mel
who said that?
Sherin
now tell me if the other assumptions are wrong
Mel
which church or person said that to you?
Sherin
well you wont deny it? so it has to be true.....
Mel
no church saud it. i came from a mostly white town with plenty of racists gun wearing biggots
Mel
they are completely wrong. You think Allah said anywhere in the Quran that "he's coming back soon
Sherin
What's Gun used for? It's for yours or my protection from others right.
Sherin
it's not like you have to kill innocent people.
Sherin
if you or me kill innocent people what will happen?
Sherin
you or me will go to hell only.
Sherin
if someone try to come and fight with you or me. we will take the gun for our protection.
Sherin
allah is always creating and coming back by new life....
Mel
you as a person has no right to say about the quran till you have read it...
Mel
most of the American people have Gun with them. they go to church, they call God, they worship, they do fellowship etc.. for Jesus
Sherin
but again you dont deny your not a racist biggot
Mel
or welcome gays .....
Mel
religion doesn't mean racist.
Sherin
or dont protect rapist... or were you abused and liked it
Mel
I like everyone.
Sherin
rapist shouldn't be doing that. According to Bible it's sin
Sherin
guns shouldnt be owned by those who are not right mentally or ment for harm. but again police use deadly force everyday
Mel
Why does Christian doesn't fight back when they struggle with others?
Sherin
according to the bible we shouldnt wear mixed fabrics....
Mel
But why does Muslims does it?
Sherin
we shouldnt lay with man
Mel
According to Bible gays are sin as well
Sherin
man shouldnt lay with man excuse me
Mel
actually.. they dont
Mel
if you are married, it's okay to lay with a man. because in the Bible it says after marriage, they are one. not 2 anymore
Sherin
but you wouldnt know that since you never studied or educated yourself
Mel
you watch news?
Sherin
How many news I know about hate from Muslims towards Christianity.
Sherin
again your kind would rather protect a rapist who prays than your own kids who hide in the closet as a gay man or woman
Mel
Gun shots around the world done by Muslims towards Christianity in Churches.
Sherin
oh good lord....here we go i watch more news channels than i bet have in a year
Mel
heaven and hell doesnt exist. when we die we end our existence. TOTALY. there is nothing after death. we have only 1 life so dont waste time to pray something whad dont exist, and do some good for other people. we are here and now. everything on the world depends what we do. any god dont do anything
Daniel
and dont get me going on politics or trump lady
Mel
so you know. in America itself, in an year bow many Gun shot happens because of religious hates.
Sherin
who said I'm a trump supporter.
Sherin
I don't support any politics. I only live for Christ.
Sherin
How do you differentiate Haversian canal and Volkmann canal?
Holly Reply
These are differentiated based on location. Haversian canal are present right in the middle of the osteon. the Volkmann canals are located to the sides of Haversian canal and their blood vessels and nerve fibers invade deep into spongy bone in long bones.
Carmelo
thank you
Holly
What are coronal arteries?
julie
The coronary arteries/veins are the group of arteries and veins that supplies the myocardium of the heart.
Carmelo
What is augment
Safia Reply
I don't know
Taufik
Google works wonders at answering questions..
Mel
make greater or numerous
Kumih
how to identify tissues cells under a microscope
Carla Reply
any advice on how to identify tissue cells under a microscope?
Carla
structural and function of the living part
Parthiban
it depends on the specific type of tissue (endothelium, connective etc..). are you asking specifically how to tell different tissues or structures of the tissues apart or how to be able to physically see them?
Holly
What is homeostasis
Haji Reply
ability of living organisms to adjust it internal environment to maintain a stable equilibrium
famuyiwa
how to identify tissues cells under a microscope
Carla

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