Medical offers a host of services including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and
options counseling. When serving patients, some women want to know details
about early fetal development.
We receive a
lot of questions, but here are a few answers to the most common fetal
development questions that come our way.
“What is the difference between an
embryo and a fetus?”
human begins life being known as a zygote.
The zygote stage is when sperm
fertilizes an egg creating a single cell. The embryo stage of development occurs from conception to nine weeks
after fertilization. Finally, the stage of development when the unborn baby is
known as a fetus occurs from nine
weeks after fertilization to birth.
“When does the heart begin to beat?”
Options Medical, we perform early ultrasounds, and part of the ultrasound scan
includes checking for a heartbeat to see if the pregnancy is likely to
continue. Fun Fact: The heartbeat
appears on an ultrasound as a flicker of light.
“When can the baby feel pain?”
By eight weeks after fertilization, the nerve cells have developed and many of the body’s major functions are continuing to grow and mature. Studies show that a fetus will react to touch and recoil in pain.
In order to
determine exactly how far along you are and if your baby has reached the stage
where it can feel pain, an ultrasound exam must be performed to track accurate
dating of your pregnancy.
If you think you might be pregnant, make an appointment with Your Options Medical today! Our staff is trained to provide information on early fetal development. Additionally, you can receive pregnancy testing, an ultrasound, and options counseling. All of our services are confidential and free of charge– no insurance is required.
Your Options Medical provides confidential services and care you can trust. Contact Your Options Medical today!