Fetal Development Overview

When a woman is pregnant, fetal growth is a process that often provides a sense of awe. Although nine months is the common time-frame to describe pregnancy, it is actually 280 days, measured from the first day of the last menstrual period, or 40 weeks—and then divided into three separate trimesters. The gestational period ends during week 10, whereas the fetal period begins.  During these days, weeks and months, fetal development is determined by consistent exams performed by a gynecologist, and include a myriad of tests to check for weight and length, organ and brain development and certain diseases.

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