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In The Womb

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Conception occurs when a man’s sperm joins a woman’s egg. During ejaculation, the man
ejaculates millions of sperms into the woman’s vagina, into the cervix, in the uterus and then into
the fallopian tube where the woman’s egg awaits. However, only the first sperm to reach the egg
becomes the winner and hence fertilize the egg. When the first sperm penetrates into the egg, it
triggers a change in the egg’s membrane hence making it impenetrable for the remaining sperms
and thus die off. Both the sperm and the egg cell has 46 chromosomes (23 for each) which
determine the genes of the child. However, the 23rd chromosome from the man determines the
sex of the child; the Y-chromosome for a boy and an X-chromosome for a girl. Most of the traits
and features of the child are predetermined during conception based on the genes that are passed
on from the parents. Conception marks the beginning of a 36-month journey of an unborn child
inside her mother’s womb (In the womb - pregnancy and baby documentary).
After fertilization, the egg travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus where it will grow for
the next nine months. The egg then divides itself into two sets, the outer-circle becomes the
placenta and the inner-circle becomes the embryo. In the first trimester, the cell starts to form
itself into a full-grown baby. In the first two weeks, the embryo starts to take shape and form into
a long tube; the top becomes the head and the bottom becomes the legs. In week 8, the embryo

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becomes a fetus and the placenta takes the role of feeding it during its time in the womb. The
placenta absorbs everything that it’s taken by the mother.
In week 12, the fetus develops the stepping reflex and starts to stretch and to kick. In the 5th
month, the unborn baby develops her own set of fingerprints and all the features are less
obscured. In the 26th week, the baby spends most of her time sleeping and therefore nothing can
wake her up. However, when awake, the baby can react to some of the sounds originated from
the mother’s external environment. The baby also starts sucking her finger in preparation to
sucking her mother’s nipples after birth. In the 7th month, the baby starts to absorb fat as well as
develop consciousness. In the 8th month, the baby’s head faces downwards in preparation for
birth. Research shows that it’s the baby’s heart in conjunction with the placenta that triggers the
contraction of the uterine wall (In the womb - pregnancy and baby documentary).

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Surname 1 In the Womb Name Instructor Institutional Affiliation Date Conception occurs when a man’s sperm joins a woman’s egg. During ejaculation, the man ejaculates millions of sperms into the woman’s vagina, into the cervix, in the uterus and then into the fallopian tube where the woman’s egg awaits. However, only the first sperm to reach the egg becomes the winner and hence fertilize the egg. When the first sperm penetrates into the egg, it triggers a change in the egg’s membrane hence making it impenetrable for the remaining sperms and thus die off. Both the sperm and the egg cell has 46 chromosomes (23 for each) which determine the genes of the child. However, the 23rd chromosome from the man determines the sex of the child; the Y-chromosome for a boy and an X-chromosome for a girl. Most of the traits and features of the child are predetermined during conception based on ...
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