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Our Amazing Bodies: Starting in the Womb

Updated on June 9, 2016
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Theresa loves to share her true life accounts when the Lord shows up mightily in her life. She knows He still performs miracles today.

Jeremiah 1:5

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I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb.

— Jeremiah 1:5

Whoa, there I am pregnant ...obviously, it was any day!

There I am pregnant with my first born child, my beautiful daughter.  Just look at that crazy long hair! I was so huge that when people saw me coming they would move out of my way.
There I am pregnant with my first born child, my beautiful daughter. Just look at that crazy long hair! I was so huge that when people saw me coming they would move out of my way. | Source

It is fascinating to take a look at just how amazing our bodies really are, beginning in the womb. I hope you will join me on this series of discovering our amazing bodies!

Having given birth to two beautiful babies, I remember being in awe and filled with such wonder at how my babies were developing each week in the womb. I read everything I could get my hands on to know what exactly was going on inside my body and with the growth of my babies. Carrying two little lives inside of me (five years apart) was and still is the most exciting adventure, well, adventures, in my life.

Just thinking about how amazing our bodies truly are is beyond my comprehension at times.

When Reality Hit Me ...Long Before that Photo

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I could not grasp being pregnant as I did not "feel" pregnant. I did have terrible morning, afternoon and evening sickness, but I thought I just had the flu. It wasn't until I felt that first little flutter of life tapping from inside my belly that it sunk in I was truly pregnant! It was like she was saying, "Hey, I'm really here!" What an amazing feeling to know there is a little life growing inside of you.

Renowned Painter Ron DiCianni's "Before I Formed You in the Womb ..."

"Before I formed you in the womb." By Ron DiCianni, renowned painter, who painted the above image. His mother saved his life and ran from the clinic after she heard God's voice telling her He has special plans for her son.
"Before I formed you in the womb." By Ron DiCianni, renowned painter, who painted the above image. His mother saved his life and ran from the clinic after she heard God's voice telling her He has special plans for her son. | Source

Trimester One:

Weeks one through 13

Preembryonic Stage

Fertilization from two to three weeks.

Looks like she's grown into those crooked big toes just fine!

She's grown into her crooked big toes just fine.
She's grown into her crooked big toes just fine. | Source

Conception to Three Weeks

Our genetic characteristics that we inherent are set from the moment of conception! We actually develop 46 chromosomes, 23 from our mother and 23 from our dad.

So did those baby blues come from your mother's side of the family or your dad's? What about that fair skin and lovely dark hair? Ladies, if you were blessed with those long lovely legs, thank either your momma or your daddy. Or is your body type short and stocky? If so, you should be able to figure out from whom you inherited your body type without too much trouble.

If you do not know your birth parents, you can certainly catch a glimpse of them just by looking in the mirror and wonder.

I can't help but think of my first granddaughter, who has a long and lean frame with long and lanky legs, which I know without a doubt she inherited from my son or our side of the family. However, she inherited her dark lovely hair, brown eyes and fair skin from her momma. I remember my son being so fascinated by her crooked big toe looking just like his, that he had taken a photo of it! I just had to write a limerick about it, which is linked here to the right.

Granddaughter's 36th Week Ultrasound Photo Included Later in Hub

I have included an ultrasound photo of my granddaughter later in this hub around 36 weeks, just to place emphasis on how obvious one of her long legs, large foot and big toe are in relation to our family traits. The ultrasound was done on November 5, 2007 and she was born March 11, 2008. It's about time to celebrate eight miraculous years of life!

Human Embryo at Seven to Eight Weeks

Embryo 7 -8 Weeks - Photo
Embryo 7 -8 Weeks - Photo | Source

Weeks Four Through Eight

Embryonic Stage

Four to eight weeks' gestation.

Week 4

This is an important week because a sheet of cells begins to set the stage for our brain, spinal cord and backbone to eventually form.

Week 5

This week, "I can hear your heartbeat ..." Yes, our heart starts beating for the first time. How exciting!

In this fifth week so much happens. We now have three distinct layers where one (the outer ectoderm) will form our nervous system, ears, eyes, inner ear and many tissues that connect everything. An inner layer (the endoderm) will grow into our internal organs such as our lungs, intestines and bladder. Plus, a middle layer (the middle mesoderm) makes way for our heart and circulatory system. Then after just three weeks, this middle layer will evolve into our bones, muscles, kidneys and reproductive organs.

Whew ...good job week five!

Week 6

Wow, we have grown by leaps and bounds by week six, actually tripling in size!

Our heart now beats with a regular rhythm, and from this week on until birth, believe it or not, our heart will beat about 150 times a minute, which is twice the average adult rate. We are going full speed ahead now!

And the cool thing about our brains in this sixth week is that the hemispheres are forming and our brain waves can now be recorded.

Week 7

Talk about complex brains, for this is the week nerve cells in our sweet little baby brain are growing at 100,000 cells per minute! Watch out Einstein. Maybe this is where they came up with the Baby Einstein ideas? Our brain is now visible through our transparent skull. Way cool!

Also, it is in this week we start to get our groove on a bit because we begin to move in small, jerky motions.

Amazingly, we are already starting to develop distinct facial features. Little dark spots show up where our eyes and nostrils will be, and our little pouty mouth and ears are beginning to form too!

Week 8

By this week, we have now quadrupled in size. Our sweet little facial features are becoming more defined. Clearly visible now are our ears, upper lip, and our tiny tip of our nose. Shaping up are our eyelids.

Our heart is growing stronger each day.

9-Week Human Embryo

File: 9-Week Human Embryo from Ectopic Pregnancy.jpg  Author: Ed Uthman, Houston, TX, USA  CC-BY-SA 2.0
File: 9-Week Human Embryo from Ectopic Pregnancy.jpg Author: Ed Uthman, Houston, TX, USA CC-BY-SA 2.0 | Source

Week Nine

Fetal Stage

Nine weeks to birth.

This week, we get the goods to make our own baby one day! That’s right – reproductive organs are beginning to form now, along with some other key organs, like the pancreas and gallbladder.

Our head, which is about half the length of our entire body, is tucked down toward our chest. Our tiny fingers are growing longer, and our unique fingerprints will ultimately form.

Amniotic Fluid - 10-Weeks

Amniotic Fluid 10- Weeks
Amniotic Fluid 10- Weeks | Source

Weeks 10 Through 13

Week 10

Our hands and feet will begin to separate into fingers and toes. Our bones will begin to harden.

We can pee pee now because our kidneys can now produce urine.

Astoundingly, approximately 250,000 neurons are forming every minute in our brain!

Week 11

Oh, how cool, we can breathe underwater now! We begin to inhale and exhale small amounts of amniotic fluid, which actually help our lungs to grow and develop.

And now our ears are moving up the sides of our head to where they should be.

Week 12

During this week, it looks like we've been going to the gym for our muscles are starting to bulk up, and we are getting active stretching and kicking. We can even open and close our fingers, curl our toes, and jerk and kick our arms and legs!

Week 13

Now we are getting so cute and growing so big! Our baby blues, browns or greens are moving to the front of our face.

Our body is now catching up with our head, and from here on out, our body is growing faster. This week our arms will lengthen and become proportionate with our body, but our legs still need time to grow longer.

Finally, we can stick our thumb in our mouth. And all of our essential organs and systems have formed.

A human fetus, attached to placenta, at around twelve weeks after fertilization.

File: Fetus 3 months.jpg 31 December 2004 National Museum of Health and Medicine Until around nine weeks after fertilization, this prenatal human would have been described as an embryo.
File: Fetus 3 months.jpg 31 December 2004 National Museum of Health and Medicine Until around nine weeks after fertilization, this prenatal human would have been described as an embryo. | Source

Overview of First Trimester (Conception to 13 Weeks)

Weeks
Development
Stages
Conception to Three Weeks
Sex, eye color, body type are set
Preembryonic - Fertilization
Week Four
Sheet of cells set the stage for brain, spinal cord and backbone to form
Embryonic - Gestation
Week Five
Heart beats; layers form nervous system, ears, eyes, inner ear and many tissues - internal organs such as lungs, intestines and bladder grow; heart and circulatory system evolve into our bones; muscles, kidneys; reproductive organs grow
Embryonic - Gestation
Week Six
Body triples in size; heart beats with regular rhythm (150 times/minute); hemispheres forming; brain waves can be recorded
Embryonic - Gestation
Week Seven
Nerve cells in brain grow at 100,000 cells per minute; begin to move in small, jerky motions; distinct facial features develop (dark spots for eyes, nostrils, mouth); ears start to form
Embryonic - Gestation
Week Eight
Quadruple in size; facial features become more defined; ears, upper lip and tip of nose clearly visible; heart grows stronger
Embryonic - Gestation
Week Nine
Reproductive organs begin to form; along with other key organs such as the pancreas and gallbladder; head is tucked down to chest; fingers grow longer; fingerprints ultimately form
Fetal
Week 10
Hands and feet separate into fingers and toes; bones begin to harden; kidneys produce urine; 250,000 neurons form every minute in brain
Fetal
Week 11
Begin inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which help lungs grow and develop
Fetal
Week 12
Muscles bulk up; stretching and kicking more; open and close fingers; curl toes; jerk and kick arms and legs
Fetal
Week 13
Eyes move to front of face; body catches up with head; body grows faster; arms lengthen; stick thumb in mouth; all essential organs and systems have formed
Fetal
The Amazing Trimester One

Second Trimester:

Weeks 14 through 26

Weeks 14 Through 17

Week 14

We are sucking up a storm now which is helping to make are cheeks so full and cute. The roof of our tiny mouth is fully formed too.

If you are a girl, your ovaries are moving down into your pelvis, and if you're a boy, the prostate is forming.

Week 15

How fascinating is this ...we do not yet have enough fat to help us retain body heat, so ultrafine, downy hair covers our back, shoulder, ears and forehead! This fine hair will fall off once we do have enough fat to do the job, probably before birth.

Oh, how adorable that we can now make facial expressions like squinting, frowning, grimacing and wincing. Don't be worried as this does not reflect our mood, but we are just flexing our facial muscles.

Week 16

We still have a very delicate skeleton and it is continuing to harden, but our bones will remain flexible for an easier trip through the birth canal. By now, the umbilical cord has fully matured.

If you are a girl, then hundreds of thousands of eggs are forming in your ovaries this week!

Week 17

Finally, our body, legs and arms have caught up to the size of our head. We are starting to plump up during this week, as body fat is being deposited under our skin and our sweat glands develop.

What I find so interesting is that the placenta is almost as big as us! I remember when my daughter was being born, for some odd reason, I wanted to see the placenta. I had her natural childbirth and I could feel everything. So cool! I remember when the placenta came out and thinking that very thing, just how big it is. Well, after all, it does provide vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and oxygen, along with removing waste and filtering carbon dioxide.

Weeks 18 and 19

Week 18

We can now hear all sorts of sounds, including blood rushing through the umbilical cord, our tummy growling, and our heartbeat. We can even be startled by loud or sudden noises.

Best of all, we are able to recognize voices like our mommy, daddy, siblings and grandparents!

Week 19

This week something a bit not so pleasant sounding happens to help regulate our body temperature and protect our skin while submerged in amniotic fluid, and that is a greasy, cheese-like white coating forms over the skin. Thankfully, by the time we are born, most of the coating will be gone.

Our heartbeat is growing stronger now and it's about twice as fast as our mother’s.

Fetus in Utero Between Fifth and Six Months

File: Gray38.png  Fetus in utero between fifth and sixth months.
File: Gray38.png Fetus in utero between fifth and sixth months. | Source

Beautiful Video from the Time of Conception

Weeks 20 and 21

Week 20

We are so happy in the womb, as our well-developed limbs continue to explore by curling, flexing, and kicking. And as our hair, nails and eyebrows continue to sprout, we are looking remarkably more and more like Mom and Dad every day.

Week 21

Part of our growth spurt at this point is likely because our stomach is now equipped to start absorbing energy-boosting nutrients from the amniotic fluid we are swallowing in there. Most of our nourishment is still coming directly from the placenta, though.

20 Weeks

20 weeks
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Weeks 22 and 23

31% of babies who are born at 23 weeks survive.

Week 22

Our skin is no longer see-through, but it will remain wrinkly, red, and coated until we get a bit more fat on us.

Also, being that our brain cells and nerve endings are maturing, our sense of touch is being fine-tuned. We may not realize this until we feel our face or anything else we can get our hands on!

This week our eyebrows start growing and hair starts to sprout on our scalp. However, we may be born with a thick head of dark hair or we may enter the world bald. I am reminded that my two sisters and I were born with a thick head of hair, but my brother was completely bald.

Week 23

Billions of brain cells will develop in our brain over the next couple of weeks. These will control all of our movements and sensory, and basic life functions like breathing. Also around this time, some major changes are happening with our lungs. Due to a substance being produced now, the air sacs can inflate and the lungs fully expand. Right now we are still breathing amniotic fluid, but when we are born we will be ready for air.

Weeks 24 through 26

68% of babies who are born at 25 weeks survive.

We are very busy during the next few weeks. Right now we are small enough to have plenty of room to move and groove in our mother’s belly. We may even respond to our mother’s soothing voice or the rubbing of our mother’s belly by calming down, while loud sounds or a tap on our mother’s belly could cause us to become alert. Also, because the balance-controlling inner ear has developed, we can finally tell if we are upside down or right side up, so moving around takes on new meaning. Our skin is slightly wrinkled.

The Babe in the Womb; Leonardo da Vinci (1511)

File: The babe in the womb; Leonardo da Vinci (1511).JPG   PD-Art-(PD-old-100)
File: The babe in the womb; Leonardo da Vinci (1511).JPG PD-Art-(PD-old-100) | Source

Overview of Second Trimester (Weeks 14 - 26)

Weeks
Development
Stages
Week 14
Sucking a lot; cheeks are full; roof of mouth fully formed
Fetal
Week 15
Ultrafine, downy hair covers back, shoulders, ears and forehead to help retain body heat; flexing facial muscles
Fetal
Week 16
Delicate skeleton begins to harden but remains flexible until birth; umbilical cord fully matured
Fetal
Week 17
Body, arms, legs catch up with size of head; body fat deposited under skin; sweat glands develop
Fetal
Week 18
Hear sounds and recognize voices
Fetal
Week 19
Cheese-like white coating forms over skin; heart beat grows stronger
Fetal
Week 20
Limbs curl, flex and kick; hair, nails and eyebrows continue sprouting
Fetal
Week 21
Stomach absorbs nutrients from amniotic fluid
Fetal
Week 22
Skin no longer see-through, remains wrinkly and red; brain cells and nerve endings mature; sense of touch fine-tuned; eyebrows grow; hair sprouts on scalp
Fetal
Weeks 23
Billions of brain cells develop over next couple of weeks; air sacs inflate; lungs fully expand
Fetal
Weeks 24 through 26
Respond to voices, sound and touch; inner ear developed; skin slightly wrinkled
Fetal
The Amazing Second Trimester

Third Trimester:

Weeks 27 through 40

Weeks 27 Through 30

87% of babies who are born at 27 weeks survive.

90% of babies who are born at 28 weeks survive.

Most babies who are born at 30 weeks survive.

Our mouths and lips are more sensitive now. Our eyes are partially open and we can recognize light.

Our lungs are capable of breathing air. We are able to open and close our eyes now. We can even suck our thumb too (Week 30)! Our breathing and body temperature are controlled by our brains.

Our skin is smooth.

Weeks 31 Through 35

Almost all babies born at 32 weeks survive.

During these weeks the connections between our nerve cells in the brain increase. This time of our development is focused on growth.

Our ears hold their shape and our eyes open during alert times and close during sleep.

Ultrasound of My First Granddaughter (Around Week 36)

Ultrasound of my first granddaughter. Look at those long legs and big feet and toes we are known for in my family!
Ultrasound of my first granddaughter. Look at those long legs and big feet and toes we are known for in my family! | Source

Weeks 36 through 40

Our scalp hair is silky and lies against our heads. Our muscle tone develops. We can lift and turn our heads now!

Our lungs are usually mature. We can grasp firmly now. We turn towards light.

At the time of birth, we have 70 reflex behaviors.

Overview of Third Trimester (Weeks 27 - 40)

Weeks
Development
Stages
Weeks 27 to 30
Mouth and lips more sensitive; eyes partially open; recognize light; lungs capable of breathing air; open and close eyes; suck thumb; breathing and body temp are controlled by brain; skin is smooth
Fetal
Weeks 31 to 35
Development focused on growth; connections between nerve cells in brain increase; ears hold shape; eyes open during alert time and close during sleep
Fetal
Weeks 36 to 40
Scalp hair is silky and lies against head; muscle tone develops; can lift and turn head; lungs usually mature; can grasp firmly now; can turn towards light; 70 reflex behaviors at time of birth
Fetal
The Amazing Third Trimester

Welcome to the World!

First day in the World

My new grandson, Charlie, on the day of his birth, December 28, 2015.
My new grandson, Charlie, on the day of his birth, December 28, 2015. | Source

QUIZ: How Well do You Know Your Weeks of Development?


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Newborn Twins Continue Holding onto each Other, as if They are still in the Womb

The nurse, Sonia Rochel, said she posted the video to show the technique she developed to bathe newborns. As the water washes over them, the pair continues to hold on to each other, as if they are still in the womb. The twins hug and cuddle even when they are taken out of the water.

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

— Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Miracle

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein (1879-1955) | Source

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The "After" Photo - My Baby Girl is Pretty Amazing to Me

The "After" Photo of my first born ...my daughter.  My hormones were working overtime during natural childbirth as my hair turned a bit darker overnight!
The "After" Photo of my first born ...my daughter. My hormones were working overtime during natural childbirth as my hair turned a bit darker overnight! | Source

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 16 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      AMAZING!! (your hub page too)

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Theresa.....O...M....G! This can literally take one's breath away! It certainly did for me...not to mention the tears streaming down my face. Babies have always overwhelmed me for as far back as I remember. According to my parents I constantly BEGGED them to buy me a baby sister or brother. They placated me, but that baby never did appear. So I grew up had MY OWN!! LOL

      This hub and all the fabulous, fascinating info (although as a Mom, I did know these things) is very timely and I have to especially thank you for sharing this with your readers. It helped to calm my troubled heart.

      Just recently I happened by chance upon a site about abortion. In one segment it actually went into gruesome, extremely disturbing detail on the "partial birth abortion." I found myself so distraught with sadness and unable to stop my emotional response. I simply sat at my desk and sobbed.

      I could not get the thought (and vision) from my mind. I felt a deep, empty sickness within for days.

      The concept that women submit to this is beyond my understanding and surely my tolerance level. I believe in women's rights. Yet, there simply is NO right given by man nor God that OK's the brutal, heartless, pre-meditated murder of a fully formed, living breathing PRECIOUS infant. Your hub should be mass-produced with multiple copies placed at Clinics across the country, with a sign ~~ "READ and then turn around and take you & your baby home."

      Thank you, Theresa....

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi TSAD,

      Thank you! Yes, are bodies and babies are amazing indeed.

      Bless you

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Paula, Oh, my goodness, now you have me in tears from your lovely and insightful comments which add so much to the topic of this hub! I am hopeful that in pointing out exacting what is going on each week during a baby's development in the womb may help to bring more awareness as to the beautiful phenomenon that is occurring inside our bodies.

      I'm so happy you have experienced the true miracle of carrying little lives inside your body too! As I stated, no other adventure in this life compares, at least to me, and I believe you too.

      Thank you again, beautiful lady. You're amazing!

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      This is remarkable and detailed and I enjoyed the visuals you added. It was both uplifting as I recalled my own pregnancy many years ago with my now 16 year old daughter and sad, too, as I recalled holding my sister's stillborn preterm daughter, so frail and fragile. I've never seen anything sadder in my life than my sister holding her dead baby, praying and crying. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. It reminded me of both extremes. Very beautiful hub.

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well....Flourish....not to worry. Might as well catch me while I'm already crying..............

      I have to say this is the winning Hubbie Award for best Hub.....

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, Flourish,

      I can certainly understand the joy of experiencing the life of your daughter growing inside of you and then the great sadness of the loss of your sister's baby. That breaks my heart too for your sister and you too knowing how much pain and grief she experienced. You are not a downer, sweet lady. Thank you for sharing your heart here. Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Paula,

      Now, both of you lovely ladies have me in tears.

      Wow, I am humbled at your comment, dear one. What's amazing to me is that I started working on this hub over a year ago and then stopped because I could not get it just right. Then just a few weeks ago I was inspired out of the blue to finish this hub up. Maybe the birth of my new grandson inspired me in just thinking of him entering this world. Hugs and much love to you both

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      mckbirdbks 16 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa I am so happy that you were inspired and finished the work on this hub. Charlie is a little cutey and I am guessing grandma, has a plan to spoil him. Bravo.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Mike,

      Yes, me too. Charlie is a cutie for sure. Life is beautiful in and outside the womb.

      I know you are waiting on me to finish up my creative writing projects I am working on. Hopefully, they are about there. However, I don't like to publish anything before I have it just right in my mind.

      I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday.

      Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South

      This is fantastic Theresa; I don't have words to praise it highly enough. Yet women will still argue with even this won't they? How far can they go back to make it a woman's right to murder these precious babies? I just don't even want to hear or read what they have to say! It is never OK, it is always murder even if it is for what they feel a legitimate reason. Even rape pregnancy, as horrible as it is, that is still an innocent baby and it is still the child of that mother and with traits of her and her family. Adoption is the only way to go for those who cannot for whatever reason keep it, not murder. We all know deep in our heart and our soul this is true.

      You really have put some work into this and it is deserving of special attention. I hope you get it.

      Will share everywhere. Many hugs for a job well done.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you so much! I'm so glad that I went back to this hub that has been just sitting there unpublished probably over a year. I think the birth of Charlie may have inspired me to get this one done with putting on the final touches in it.

      Just thinking about how amazing our bodies are right from the moment of conception just leaves me speechless at times, but I'm glad I found my voice and hope God is pleased. That is all that really matters to me.

      I praise God that I was able to know what it feels like to have a life growing inside of me. As I stated, it was the most miraculous adventure in my life to date.

      I think it is legal in all states to abort a baby at 12 weeks. When looking for images and seeing a 12 week old baby and then realizing that, makes me so upset to think about. It is in part why I just wanted to mainly focus on the baby's development each week right from conception.

      Life is beautiful, right from conception.

      Thank you for sharing.

      (((Hugs)))

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      peachy 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      beautiful hub! Yes, our womb is a beautiful place where life begins

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi peachy,

      Thank you for reading. I'm so glad you found this beautiful, and I agree that our womb is a beautiful place where life begins.

      Bless you

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      CrisSp 16 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a great hub on the mystery of life and its beauty! I must commend you for the effort you have put in creating this, but then again, I'm pretty sure you enjoyed writing this much as I enjoyed reading it.

      But you know what's best? You sharing your own experience with us. That my friend is something special.

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. I had two. So, I exactly know how it feels! :)

      P.S.2: I passed your quiz. :)

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi, Dear Love from the sky, Cris, Oh, I did thoroughly enjoy writing this as it brought me right back to experiencing the awe of feeling a life growing inside of me, twice! Yes, I wanted to share a bit about my experience of having a life growing inside of me. I truly found it so fascinating. As i stated, i even was so curious to see the placenta, which may be odd to some. I'm so happy you too experienced those miracles, twice. Thank you for taking the quiz. I knew you would ace it! Sending much love to you from southern USA

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      Maria Jordan 16 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Theresa,

      For me, this is better than a textbook and should be a 'must read' for all nursing students...

      You have blended fact with loving experience in detailing the miracle called birth, the pictures take my breath away.

      Hugs to Charlie, you and the rest of your beautiful family.

      Have a lovely week. Love, Maria

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Simply amazing, well researched and in depth information Theresa. Thank you for sharing. So well done.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Maria, You are so kind and most generous in your commenting as always. That is certainly high praise as I know how you feel about your nursing students. How our bodies develoop in womb from conception is beyond amazing to me. I think Charlie's birth has inspired me in more ways than one. I hope you have a peaceful week ahead. Love, Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, John. I know you understand how amazing the development of a baby in the womb is from conception with your children and grandchildren too! It is certainly a beautiful miracle to behold. God bless

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderfully done. I liked the detail. I never paid attention to the breakdown week by week.

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Eric....Probably because U've never been pregnant. We forgive you! LOL

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely hub with such a great description of the womb. You greatly shared a the better understanding on this topic.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I taught Family Life to middle school students for a few years.....an awkward class to teach to that age group, but once everyone got over the giggles, they were all fascinated by the subject matter....including their teacher. It truly is the miracle of life.

      blessings my friend.....I know I'll love this series.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Life is precious and your detailed outline is outstanding. Every person should know this. The video of the twins being bathed is so sweet. My son Jack and I have the same birthmark on the back of our neck's. My mother, my sis. Eva and I have a small mole at the hairline in exactly the same place. I felt like I was back in gynecology 101. Your hub is not only educational but heartwarming. Thank you...

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      Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      This hub was truly a delightful read. A very detailed and well-written hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      Faith what a very beautiful share.. the experience must have been so Godly, To bring life into this world is a gift.. we all take for granted and thank you for chronologically sharing the wonderful or at least one of the most remarkable events in your life.. God bless your family ..all of them :) Frank... of the video didn't play for me.. kept freezing..Ill try it on another comp ..:)

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Dear Eric, Oh, really? Hahaha Paula may very well have a good point there. Well, now you are more in the know about all of the truly amazing week-by-week developments of our precious babies in the womb from conception to birth! I hope that precious little boy of yours is having a great day and makes room for plenty of play time. Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      LOL Paula, yes, we forgive Eric, especially being we know he is all about loving those little ones and, well, loving everyone really, as is evidenced in his writing!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Devika, thank you so much for stopping by to read. I'm so happy you found it lovely ...well, the subject matter can't help but to be lovely, learning of our development in the womb. I'm also happy you found it informative and detailed. I couldn't leave out any miraculous detail of this beautiful experience. Bless you

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, how cool, Bill, that you taught on this ....yes, I can imagine the middle schoolers having the giggles especially around week nine when we get the goods to make our own babies one day! We never had this taught to us in school that I remember but I sure read everything I could get my hands on to know what was going on with that little life growing inside me. Yes, it is all fascinating indeed and at times hard to comprehend just how amazing it all is ...truly a miracle in my book. Bless you

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      According to Edgar Cayce we are a soul or spirit and not the material body. According to Cayce, the soul generally enters the baby body at or near the time of birth. In one unusual case in the Cayce readings, the soul did not enter for two days after the birth of the baby. When asked about the delay, Cayce responded that the soul was all too aware how very difficult life would be should it choose to enter, and it wasn't at all sure it wanted to go through with it! Cayce was then asked what kept the baby's body alive for two days while the soul wrestled with its decision, and he responded, "the spirit." For Cayce, the soul was the entity, with all its personal memories and aspirations, and the spirit was the life force.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Ruby, Thank you so much. Oh, how interesting about the same birthmarks and moles in the same spot in your family. There are just some family traits so similar they cannot be denied. Oh, yes, that video just melts my heart and if you continue watching the ones that follow that one are amazing too. One is of premature twin girls and one wasn't doing well and her heartbeat starting dropping sobthey got this great idea to put the other twin in with her and the twin hugged the one not doing well and her breathing and heart returned to normal. That have a photo of it that went around the world. That is when doctors discovered the power of the human touch! I'm glad you found this hub heartwarming as well as educational. I'm happy I checked in on my lunchbreak and found all of these wonderful comments. Bless you

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dana, Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy you found this hub delightful. It is an amazingly delightful topic! Bless you

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      What an amazing tracing of the development of a human from being a one fertilized cell to the miracle of a fully formed person, Theresa.

      It's been 60 years since I became a mother, but the sense of being a part of something so wonderful is still a vivid memory. I recall the sense of wonder that it actually happened to me. We had no ultrasonic photos then, but the moment of holding my son was incomparable to any other, except 2 years later when I gave birth to my daughter.

      Thanks for this lovely voyage through the process.

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      Martie Coetser 16 months ago from South Africa

      Faith Reaper, what an awesome hub about the amazing development of a human being in the womb. The best I have ever seen on this topic. This has to become a HubPages editor's choice.

      The pictures too, absolutely superb!

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      Nell Rose 16 months ago from England

      Oh Wow! not only for the hub that was amazingly done, but the fact that you managed to bring it all back to me, those wonderful first flutters, then the belly growing to allow the baby to grow, it all came back, and now I am smiling all over my face! wonderful hub!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Frank,

      I tried to get to your sweet comment on my lunchbreak but I ran out of time. You always seem to go out of your way to leave a lovely comment on my hubs. Thank you for that and taking time to read. Yes, carrying a life inside of me twice was the most exciting journey in my life ...well, twice the most exciting adventures.

      Oh, I do hope you can view the videos for they are well worth the time.

      God bless you real good

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jay C,

      Wow, that is an interesting story, especially being it involves a baby and the soul and spirit wrestling. I believe we are eternal beings. I know when our physical bodies die, our souls to on to our eternal home. Thank you for sharing about that story. Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Nellieanna, my dear lovely one!

      I am so happy to see you gracing my hub space. I have missed your brilliant poetry. I hope you have been well.

      Yes, no matter how many years have passed, I don't think we will ever forget those little lives growing inside of us, even though I had terrible morning sickness with both pregnancies.

      Now, when it comes time for the delivery that may be a whole different story! I had my daughter natural childbirth and talk about a memorable experience! But you know what, it was so awesome to actually be able to feel my daughter moving and even the placenta. When they told me I could finally push, I pushed three big times and out she came in just six minutes! My husband was a trooper and didn't even pass out hahaha. Bless his heart. He was my breathing coach and, you know, the breathing truly helps. There was a huge brightly painted star on the wall which I focused on. I felt so good after the birth that I was ready to go home. They kept us three days back then. One thing I will never forget is when they placed her on me, she had one little eye open, and we made eye contact and I was in love!

      Then five years later, here comes my 9 lbs. 3 oz. big baby boy (who blessed me with four grandchildren) ...needless to say I didn't have him natural childbirth. I wasn't ready to go home after this delivery because of the epidural block which is injected into the back and numbs the lower half of the body. So I did not get to feel my son moving through the birth canal. However, surprisingly, when they said I could push, I was so determined to get him out that I pushed him out in six minutes too! That is amazing to me because I couldn't feel him like I could my daughter. At that time, they made you go home the next day! With him, I was ready to rest a bit ...hahaha.

      Hugs and much love,

      Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Martie,

      Oh, my, you are so generous in your commenting, dear heart. I think for that to happen I would have to take out some of the personal photos and commentary, possibly. However, I am humbled you think so.

      You're the best, my dear South African friend.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hahaha ...Nell, that is so wonderful and I'm glad all the flutters and growing inside the womb memories came back! I even remember seeing a little foot stretching so hard I could see the footprint lol. I remember having to rub it so it would move back inward. Your smiles are making me smile too.

      Thank you for sharing that here. I enjoyed your visit!

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      Venkatachari M 16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Amazing hub. You have presented everything so beautifully and amazingly. I have come across so many wonderful facts. Thanks for sharing it. And, my blessings to the cute baby, Charlie.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Ven,

      Oh, you are always so kind in your commenting. I'm happy to know you learned some new facts about our amazing bodies right from conception.

      Thank you about Charlie. He is adorable, but I may be biased as I am his grandmother. What a blessing!

      Thank you for your blessings.

      God bless you real good too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear Theresa. I've had a few limits since last April when I took a serious fall. But nothing to stop me. Just a bit of a reminder that I'm mortal. I've visited Hubpages a bit less, partly because I've been in closer contact with my son's family who're active on Facebook, but my activity there is somewhat limited, too. I hope to be back on HP more.

      OH, my, Theresa. I so enjoyed reading about your mothering experiences! Precious memories!

      My babies were born in the 1950s when my husband was in the Air Force, so they were born in an Air Force Base Hospital. Things were done there with the most efficient, least fancy care. I'd psyched myself to relax and think about the naturalness of the birth process, so I 'went with' the labor process and it wasn't unbearable. But we women in labor were together in 'the labor room', so when they finished screaming and declaring they were going to divorce their husbands during each contraction, they'd demand to know what was I doing in there, because I obviously could not be in labor, too, and be so calm. haha.

      I, too, had the epidurals each birth. I was completely unaware . Hardest part of that was, afterwards, being unable to raise up from flat on my back for 24 hours. My entire back was totally numb for that period. I wonder if they'd improved the procedure by the time you had it.

      Also, women weren't expected go home the next day after giving birth, but I believe that the AF Hospital rushed it compared to the civilian hospitals. But it was several days.

      The staff were not too eager to unite babies and mothers, but I was totally determined to breast-feed my babies. That was a time in history when it was totally discouraged, including by the medical people. I knew no other young women who even considered it. But I was set on it, so it was quite challenging to overcome them. I'm so glad I did & glad that has changed!

      It's amazing that one has so many wonderful progeny from giving birth to just one or two. My children will be 59 and 61 this Spring and I have 7 grandchildren in their late 30s and 12 great-grandchildren, with those ranging from a few months old to nearly 21. So, feasibly, I could become a great-great-grandmother during my lifetime! It puts meaning into the admonition to be fruitful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      PS - By the way, my daughter and her daughters are also on Facebook, but they'd been there all along.

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      Venkatachari M 16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nellieanna, I am visiting this hub again only to view your comment and thereby know about your health and life. I am glad to know about your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My blessings to all of them and my best wishes for your good health. I seek your blessings also, if you are reading this. Thanks.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Dearest Nellieanna,

      You must have posted this in the wee hours of the morning after I had gone to bed.

      I am off to the City for my hour commute to work, but I will return of course to respond to your lovely comments so that I can have time to properly return your comment. I do have an hour lunch break : ) ...

      Hugs

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      Shannon 16 months ago from Texas

      Hi Theresa,

      This is such a lovely article on the miracle of life! I was fortunate enough not to experience serious morning sickness with any of my pregnancies, but mainly just fatigue. Feeling the little life move inside of me always filled me with such a sense of wonderment. It is amazing what our bodies can do.

      My son is lately fascinated with fetal development. He's learning bits and pieces in science class about how plants and animals reproduce. So just the other day her brought me a picture he found on Google of a fetus held in someone's hand. He wanted to know if babies look like that as they develop. Always curious and ever full of questions. . .

      Even as they grow, it's amazing to watch children continue to develop. Personalities emerge and continue to be shaped as they age. It never really stops. We continue to grow and to change as we experience new and different things in life, hopefully until the day we die. I love the wonderment of it all.

      This hub should be read by anyone seeking to explore the miracle of life further, especially first-time parents. You tell it all in such a loving manner. Facts are facts, of course, but your approach feels more real. It's love and faith - like every other hub you share with us.

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Theresa, your acknowledgment is quite sufficient, but I'll love any further comments you may add!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 16 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      This is such a beautiful hub, no wonder there are so many comments. I'm rather ancient and when I was 'infanticipating' none of the present day photos and scans were available. How lovely to be able to watch a precious baby's progress.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      The reproductive process is nothing short of a miracle, and every woman who has had the experience is privileged to contribute to the gift of life. Thanks for sharing in such marvelous detail. Unforgettable!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dear Nellianna,

      That is certainly understandable after taking a serious fall! I'm so happy you are keeping in touch with your family more via Facebook. That is all I get on Facebook is to keep up with family too.

      My husband was in the Air Force too when we married. Yes, I understand about the no frills delivery in a military hospital ...hahaha. They did persist in having the baby totally natural and so I did with my first pregnancy. You know, it is really a mind thing and I remember telling myself that millions of women have babies every day and they do just fine, so I knew I could do it too. I was not one to scream and holler either, but did let out a few groans of grunts in between breathing and focusing on that bright star on the wall.

      I can't imagine they discouraged you to breastfeed! How odd. I'm so proud of you for not giving in. They really encourged everyone during the time I was having my babies, but especially in the military hospital. My husband was out of the Air Force when my son was born so I was in a really nice suite at the hospital.

      Wow, you are certainly blessed beyond measure with your large family and all the precious grands and great grands too. Isn't that an exciting thought to be a great-great grandmother one day. I pray I am one too one day!

      Thank you for your patience in waiting until I was able to respond back. It is always a treat when you are able to grace our hub space with your lovely and graceful self.

      Hugs and much love,

      Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Ven,

      That is so sweet of you to check in our dear Nellieanna. Sending many hugs your way.

      May God bless you real good, dear heart.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Shan,

      Yes, filled with wonderment is a great way to express what this beautiful experience does.

      That is so awesome about your son's curiosity in fetal development! And that they are studying it in school. Who knows, he may become a doctor or scientist one day.

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean in watching a child growing and changing and learning. I'm always in awe of seeing my grandchildren grow and develop into their own unique personalities. I believe we will indeed continue to learn new and amazing things until the day of our physical death here on Earth. God continues to do a mighty work in us, and I for one am so glad He is not finished with me yet. I still have a long way to go.

      Oh, Shan, you really do get me for as you state, the facts are the facts and no matter how amazing they are, a hub with nothing but the facts without added interest just doesn't cut it for me. That is the very reason this hub sat unpublished for about a year as I was not happy just publishing something with the bare bones. Then when my daughter-in-law became pregnant again and gave birth to precious Charlie, I just started thinking about the miracle of it all and then I came across this unfinished hub and knew what I needed to do to be acceptable in my mind to publish.

      Those are very sweet last words there, sweet friend. Thank you for blessing me with your wonderful comments.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Dear Blossom,

      Oh, there are so many new things since I had my babies too. It truly is a beautiful wonder to see and listen to that precious little life growing inside us! To be able to hear their heart beating so fast and strong is remarkable.

      I am so encouraged that women who have ultrasounds and see and hear their baby's heart beat, who may have been contemplating abortion, change their mjnds! Praise God!

      God bless you

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      Shannon 16 months ago from Texas

      Aw, YOU are the blessing, Faith! I've never been able to distinguish between "online" friends and "real life" friends. A friend is a friend to me, plain and simple. It's all very real, whether in person, face to face or communication via other means. A long-distance relationship, perhaps, is the better comparison in my mind. And I am absolutely thrilled to be able to call you a friend. Always have been. You remind me of peace, true love, and always faith. That, my friend, is a blessing to us all.

      Oh, and by the way, did I tell you I found out the name of that book? I know you said not to stress over it, but it was one of those things that just drives a person crazy because you know you know it. . .on the tip of your tongue but still so elusive. LOL I had to ask another friend who still has a copy of it.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Beautifully stated, MsDora!

      Yes, indeed, what a great privilege to contribute to the gift of life.

      I appreciate your kind words as to this hub. I agree, the miracle of a life growing inside us is unforgettable!

      God bless you

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      I love that, Shan ..."A friend is a friend." yes, we are all real people not robots making friendships long distance as you say. Friendship is a special kind of love no doubt.

      Yes, a friend of yours had it and told you the name of the book. I want to read it. I have to go back through my emails and then I will text it to myself LOL ...That is how I make myself notes nowadays being I always have my phone with me.

      Hope you have a sweet and peaceful night, sweet friend

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      Shannon 16 months ago from Texas

      I won't laugh. I text myself all the time! Shhhh......if that's crazy, we'll just be insane together. After all, we do talk back to ourselves when the text arrives a second or so after we send it. ;)

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hahaha I use it as a memo to myself and even started texting myself writing lines that pop into my head for future reference. I thought to myself ...I wish I had thought of this before now LOL.

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      Shannon 16 months ago from Texas

      That's exactly what I do, especially for remembering lines or general ideas to write about. If I don't write it down, I forget or don't remember it quite the same. Sometimes the phone is all I have to "write" with. Or I'm just too tired to get out of bed to jot something down. Things come to me right before I fall asleep sometimes. Speaking of which, I should probably get some sleep. Goodnight, dear friend.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      I saw you published a new hub. It is so late now and I want to be fresh when I read it. I better head off to bed now. Sweet dreams.

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, Faith! The photos are wonderful and the descriptions are fascinating. Thank you for sharing the amazing and awesome development of a human being in such an interesting article.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi AliciaC,

      Thank you so much! Yes, our development in the womb is indeed amazing and awesome. I did not include a lot of the scientific names for a lot, as I just wanted it to be more every day language, i.e., the cheesy white coating that covers our bodies has a name, but I just didn't want to get too carried away with all the technical terms and just use plain language as that is how I talk anyway.

      Your comments mean a lot, especially knowing you are our resident teacher and scientist.

      I hope you are enjoying a peaceful day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      You're so gracious, Theresa. Your replies to comments are thoughtful and kind. You relate to people sweetly.

      It's nice to find we have some experiences in common, - with the variables which were part of the times at the times of our experiences. It's interesting to learn these things.

      haha. There were no nice suites at the Connally base hospital. But they were very meticulous about health issues. We had an Rh-negative issue and they stayed right on top of that, since it can be a threat to the baby. All turned out well, and I appreciate their careful observation and testing all 9 months.

      It's very strange when a generation rejects the natural way to feed a baby, but that is what happened during that one. It may have begun during WWII when normal family life was disturbed. For one thing, women were working outside the home, mostly a new development. Thankfully, natural breast-feeding was later embraced again. It's better for both the baby and the mother.

      I appreciate your welcome. As I say, you're gracious. Hugs and love to you.

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      stella vadakin 16 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I think the development of a child is a miracle and amazing. I like Jerramiah, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb." It however makes me sad to think of how many abortion marches I have been in, and think of all the murder that has taken place in this country. A very wonderful hub, about God's Miracle. God Bless, Stella

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Thank you, Dear Nellieanna,

      Oh, I do understand about the Rh-negative issue as my brother-in-law has that and they really have to stay on top of it. I'm happy the military hospital was thorough!

      A bit of an embarassing time during my first pregnancy in the military hospital ...I did feel like bit of a guinea pig when it was time for the O B physical, because the female doctor did the initial examination but there was a room full of trainees and she had one to try to do the exam but it was so awkward. Then she was called away for a few minutes while my legs were still in the stirrups and all the male interns or whomever just stood there! Oh, my, how humiliating to say the least! I can laugh about it now though.

      Yes, even though most women do work out of the home now, they are encouraged to breast feed.

      Being my daughter was born in Texas, we know she will always have that Texas birthright.

      Aw, you are most gracious as always in your commenting.

      (((Hugs))) Sending much love your way

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Stella,

      Oh, yes, a true miracle it is no doubt! Aw, bless you dear lady. We can all try to bring more awareness of the amazing gift of life growing inside, even from conception.

      I loved learning about the painter's true story when his mother ran from the clinic after God that her that He had special plans for her son.

      Thank you for your kind words about this hub.

      God bless you

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      The 'newly liberated' mentality when women FIRST began to leave homes to the workplace may have accounted for the rejection of breast-feeding. It was regarded as 'animalistic' and unpleasant, too, & it didn't fit the new work schedules.

      Also various writers and psychologists were advising women how to treat newborns and how to raise them. (Think Dr. Spock). I remember my elder sister believing so much of that stuff, though it was almost contrary to natural maternal instincts and to infant needs. There was a strong ense in it that women just don't naturally know what to do which ate away at confidence, I'm sure.

      Even when my babies came along several years later, I'd read a "Better Homes And Gardens" Baby Book, all about having a baby and then caring for it. In my usual way, like I'd poured over books learning special sewing skills, I had poured over it all 9 months, studying it thoroughly, to be sure I'd know what to do. So when I brought my son home, the first time I attempted to bathe him, I had the book open to the directions and illustrations for that process, all getting very wet. He was in the tub, yelling, and I was crying so hard, I could hardly read the words.

      Well, my husband arrived home, heard the ruckus, came in and saw what it was about and said probably the wisest words ever out of his mouth: "Why don't you just wash hm?" hahahaha! Still makes me LOL

      Well I discarded that book and from then on, trusted myself to know what to do. No more following instructions for normal things. haha.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, My, Nellieanna, animalistic" ...Thank goodness, in that regard, times have changed. I would have thought the reason being a woman may need to breastfeed at an inopportune time like out somewhere in public and such, but I can understand with more women in the workforce. Maybe they didn't have breast pumps then? The important collostrum is what comes in before the milk and has such important antibodies. So it is good for the baby to at least get that before the mother returns to work.

      Oh, gosh, Dr. Spock ...who had no chilfren, I believe. Yes, our natural mothering instincts kick in and most women have great intuition about people and life situations too. I read everything I could get my hands on, but not about how to care for the baby, but how the baby was developing each week and what this little life in me was up to at the moment. I found it all so fascinating. As I stated in my hub, I was even curious about the placenta and wanted to see what it looked like after I felt it leave my body. It did help to sustain my baby's life! I know that is a bit odd, but all of that kind of stuff is what I was interested in .

      Hahaha Thank you for sharing about the book and bathing and what your husband said. He just cut to the case haha.

      Peace and blessings

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is so remarkable to see life in words.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Deb, for reading and leaving a lovely comment. I like that, "Life in words."

      I have missed you and reading your wonderful hubs and superb poetry. Oh ...I don't remember seeing any notifications, I better head over to your side of HP Town to make sure I haven't missed anything!

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      Just beautiful. :) The lies women (and men) have been told about the safety of abortion, the sensibleness of abortion, the meaninglessness of abortion, and the horrors of abortion have done untold damage. Thank you for the work it took to put this hub together and get it posted.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi RTalloni,

      Thank you! I appreciate you for leaving insightful and profound comments.

      I just added a photo at the end there. I figured since I had one showing my big belly, maybe I should upload one of the beautiful baby who came out of that very belly!

      God bless you

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      How cute the photo is! We never get over those heady days of those tiny babies, do we? This evening my neighbor brought her first grandchild by–2 weeks old–and I remembered your hub. Unfortunately I was too grungy from yard work to hold her! She'll never again be like she was today at that moment! :)

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, RTalloni,

      No, we don't.

      Aw, two weeks old! How precious. That's exactly right ...never like that again at that moment! Thank you for sharing about a new little life in this world.

      Maybe next time you will be able to hold her!

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      I know, Theresa. Even then, with all the peer pressure and generally negative attitude about breast-feeding, I had read enough and had enough parental guidance to understand that the way our bodies are made fits us best for what life expects of us. Breasts were made for nurturing newborns, first and foremost.

      I have my own theories about how "The War" and its aftermath changed history in subtle ways in families and at home. All that’s happened since then has roots then. Before the war, our country and people were generally much more traditional. The facts and events of the war dramatically set up and set off major differences which stabbed the heart of families and which went on to develop. Efforts to restore the traditions during the 50s were quickly cancelled by the changes of the 60s. I wrote a small series on HP about those theories, called Magnolia.

      Anyway - yes, thankfully, women returned to breastfeeding and useful tools were found to allow for it even if the moms were away at work all day. Of course, - that itself was an effect of the war which did not change back and which probably never will, no matter the results. But, then, each societal change brings both positive and negative results. What is scarier is when it involves the lives and futures of newborn generations from the start of their lives.

      I also devoured the information about the baby’s development along the way. But Better Homes and Gardens had chapters on what to do ‘then’, when the time arrived. haha. I needed to know that, so I devoured it all.

      Literally, the only babies I’d ever been around were in my teens, those of my much older siblings’ babies, who were off and away, not nearby. So they weren’t intimate experiences for me. I was off at school for the most part, where I studied “Child Care” in Home Ec. but it was mostly sterile theory. My observations of the Spock method, when my sister and her husband had lived a little closer for awhile, had been that I wouldn’t want that for mine. When my turn became a reality I simply had to dig to get familiar with details for actual handling.

      Probably Proverbs 31 and my Dad’s idealizing the position of Mother had as much influence on me as anything. I knew with all my heart that I wanted to be a really good mother and that included breast-feeding! The rest was ‘on the job’ training! haha. And, yes, my husband did cut right to the chase on that bathing lesson!

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      I am refreshed by women like yourself, Theresa, who deeply understand the deepest meaning of motherhood and womanhood.

      Thank you again for sharing this hub and your encouraging comments.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Exactly, Nellieanna, you said it so right, " ...the way our bodies are made fits us best for what life expects of us." You are such a wise woman, and speaking of Proverbs 31 (I just had to skip forward a bit), as I had just been working on a new hub and thinking of my dear mother and Proverbs 31 when an email notification popped in for your comment! I can only hope that I will one day be one-fourth of the woman my mother was in this life. I can see the Proverbs 31 woman in you. I know that is all I wanted to be, too ...the best mother I could be. Of course, I am human, and I know my children realized that and I asked them to forgive me where I had fallen short. They knew they were loved without a doubt no matter what in this life.

      Oh, I want to read your series, "Magnolia," and you're right, it all changed after the war. A lot of women are now slowly going back to a more traditional way when it comes to caring for their babies. Another wise line here that you have shared, "What is scarier is when it involves the lives and futures of newborn generations from the start of their lives."

      Once I had the pleasure of sitting down to dinner with Judge Helen Shores Lee and her husband at our Christmas gathering at work, and her husband began talking about that very thing about after the war how the family in American never was the same. They brought up about families not sitting down to dinner together nowadays as they are all going in different directions, which is surely part of the downfall of the American family. Something as simple as a family sitting down together each evening and having dinner together makes a huge impact on the well-being of the family as a whole.

      Oh, Nellieanna, you are always so generous in your commenting to me, and I know that I am still a work in progress and happy to know God is not finished with me yet.

      I do hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday, lovely lady.

      Hugs,

      Theresa

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Thankful for a lovely response. There are principles which serve humanity and those which do not. They are individual powerful choices, but one cannot force others. It must be real. It's a personal light in the darkness. Championing the best ones count. Some of the simplest influences & examples make major differences.

      I'm definitely human and have learned that best of intentions can defeat one's best if other factors are beyond one's control. But I believe that pressing forward with the best of ones's better choices and faith, that truth and what IS work together for good.

      I've learned to enjoy every second of life. It's a blessing.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you, dear Nellieanna, for returning to leave such insightful and lovely comments which add greatly to the topic of this hub! I appreciate you so much.

      No doubt about it, they do both work together for good. I am blessed each time you share your life's wisdom here when you grace my hub pages.

      That's the key to this life, learning to enjoy each second. What a blessing indeed.

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Hugs!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      (((Hugs)))

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      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      This is a brilliant breakdown, Theresa, and I loved reading it.

      Our bodies truly are amazing and the growth of a new being is beyond words. You tell us so much here; fascinating!

      Great to read these new hubs of yours and I'm looking forward to the next.

      Will email soon. New house taking over!

      Ann :)

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed reading here. I appreciate you taking the time to stop in here, especially with all that new house excitement going on! I hope you will be happy as ever in your new home.

      Yes, indeed, our bodies are amazing right from the get go. Well, you are certainly generous as to this hub, and to me what is brilliant is how perfectly everything works together as God designed it to do so.

      I already published another one after this one, but it will be here whenever you have a few minutes to read.

      Thank you again, sweet friend.

      Blessings to you and yours always

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      Lawrence Hebb 16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      'Fearfully yet wonderfully made" what more can we say? Awesome

      Lawrence

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lawrence,

      Ah, yes, indeed ...we are that without one doubt! Amazing, awesome, astounding and so on and so on ...in awe.

      I received a sweet blessing from your visit here this day.

      God bless you

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      Lawrence Hebb 16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Glad I can be the bearer of a blessing.

      Lawrence

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Me too! Hope you enjoy. A peaceful Sunday.

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      Nithya Venkat 16 months ago from Dubai

      Great hub! God has planned each stage with perfection and you have explained it so well. Thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Thank you so much!

      Yes, God sure has planned each stage with perfection. I appreciate your most generous comments.

      He is an awesome God!

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      Shauna L Bowling 16 months ago from Central Florida

      Faith, we as women are so blessed to have the capability of nurturing life into human form. I loved being pregnant (I only have one child). I never had morning sickness, just that heavy feeling in the last few weeks before the baby is born. I loved the idea of an entire human being growing inside me. The concept completely blew me away. I felt so special! It still amazes me today.

      My son was born naturally, as well. Birthing center, midwife, soaker tub, regular bed. No doctors. No clinical environment. Just a homey setting. I never did have a sonogram. We didn't want to know what sex our baby was until the very moment he emerged into the world his dad and I inhabited. It was wonderful. Very painful, but wonderful nonetheless. The entire family: Mom, Dad and newborn were home when he was only 10 hours old and that included a stop off at the pediatrician's office to have his birth certified.

      You've done a wonderful job of describing a human's first journey in the security of the womb. Magnificent!

      I love the before and after pictures of you and your daughter. Funny how your hair got darker after giving birth. My mom said the same thing happened to her after she had by brother, who was born 3 years after I was.

      Anyway, I really love this post!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Sha, so great to see you here this day!

      Yes, what an amazing experience to have a little life growing inside you. I truly cannot think of anything in my life that has compared to that experience!

      I didn't want to know the sex of our babies either back then, and both were a surprise to me. I know a lot of the younger couples today can't wait to find out. I remember not caring about what sex, but just wanting a healthy baby. And that is what I got both times. Yes, what an amazing blessing.

      Our bodies are so amazing, even from the start ...in the womb!

      I'm glad you were blessed to have this experience in this life too.

      Thank you for the kind words here and I am so glad you love this post.

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love how you have taken us on this journey as viewed in an infant's eyes. Spectacular! Your personal experiences add just the right flavor to the mix and the photo's are breath-taking. You've done it again my beautiful friend. Sharing and more.

      Beautiful blessings to you and yours,

      Audrey

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      RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

      Just saw some really neat news on science alert.com. In the UK scientists have captured images of the flash of light that sparks at conception. Google "flash of light at conception" and look over the info! It's amazing. :)

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Audrey,

      Yes, that is what I've attempted to do here, as if we are in the womb and what is happening during any given week. It certainly is spectacular to think how our amazing bodies develop from the moment of conception!

      Thank you for mentioning my personal experiences being added here, as I think when someone writes non-fiction, to add how one's personal life experiences, makes the writing interesting. I have always tried to incorporate my real life experiences into each non-fiction hub I write, otherwise I most likely would have not written on it.

      I appreciate the share.

      Whenever I see you pop in, I think of a lovely song to sing.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, RTalloni!

      Now, that is certainly fascinating ...a flash of light that sparks at conception!

      Thank you for sharing of such an amazing discovery. I will certainly check that out. May be awesome to include in this hub as a video, if possible.

      I'm sure we haven't even come close to knowing all of God's miracles concerning our amazing bodies.

      Bless you

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      RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

      I wish I could stop everything and do the reading that would be required to write a hub about the discovery, tracking it from beginning to this point. Imagine what is yet to be discovered! :)

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      For sure, imagine! Yes, that would be a lot of reading, but I'm sure it would be worth the time investing in such a discovery from its beginning to now.

      Let me know if your situation changes and you have time to read.

      Exciting adventures are still out there to be discovered : )

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      Lori Colbo 14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Oh this was just beautiful. I don't know how I missed it. My three older boys were Born in the 70s and early 80s and did not have ultrasound, but my youngest came in the 80s. I'll never forget the ultrasound and seeing his little heart beating. What a miracle the Lord's handiwork is. Just love the video of the twins. It makes me cry. Beautiful hub.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Lori,

      Oh, yes, our amazing development in the womb is truly beautiful and most certainly a miracle. Seeing and hearing their little hearts beating is something one never forgets. I saw my grands, but never had ultrasounds with my own children who were both born in the 80s.

      The video of those two precious twins holding onto each other does bring the tears for it is so beautiful to behold.

      In His Love always

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is such a wonderful hub!

      I think the greatest blessing for a woman is that she can create life. Being mother of three children, I can say this that nothing has given me more pleasure than being a mother.

      The reproductive process is nothing short of a miracle, and every woman who has had this beautiful experience is privileged to contribute to the gift of life.

      Thanks for sharing such an excellent and informative hub on this topic.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. You are blessed to experience precious little lives growing inside of you too. Yes, I know and understand the joy of being a mother.

      A life growing inside of us is a beautiful miracle and a precious gift indeed.

      God bless

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      Patricia Scott 12 months ago from sunny Florida

      Theresa,

      Each time the whole process from conception to delivery takes place it is a miraculous and wonderful journey. How complex and wondrous it is for wee bits of life come together to form a miracle that will appear on the planet and begin a new cycle of life.

      Being able to see the life within as it is in the process of forming causes my breath to catch in my throat each time I have the opportunity to see it.

      For those who may question when life begins, they only need to peruse your article. Well done.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning and Have a lovely Fourth. ps

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Patricia,

      Thank you for the insightful comment here which certainly adds much to the topic of this hub ...and that is my hope that all who may not be aware of what is taking place from the moment of conception will have some of their questions answered, possibly.

      I appreciate the angels and I know you and your precious family have many already encamped around all of you.

      Hugs

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