An Unborn Baby’s Journey, Part 1: Weeks 1-8

For You From The Word

Your eyes saw my unformed body. (Psalm 139:16, NIV)

For You To Think About

Journey of a New Baby, Weeks 1-8

7 weeks after conception

Image: Rachel’s House

Many pregnant women are unaware of how their baby is developing during the first weeks immediately after conception.

The beginning of the third week after conception marks the time when a fertilized, implanted egg becomes recognizable as a distinct human being.

About 22 days after conception, the neural tube forms. This tube will later develop into the central nervous system, which includes the spinal cord and brain.

Around the fourth week, the head begins to form, followed by the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. The blood vessel that will become the heart begins to pulse, signaling the formation of the cardiovascular system.

During the fifth week, buds that form the arms and legs appear. By the eight week of development, the body’s basic organs and parts are in place (except the sex organs) – even knees and elbows. At this point, the unborn’s weight is just one gram and its length is just one inch.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
I praise You for the miracle of life! Your eyes saw my unformed body while You were weaving me together in my mother’s womb. Look down this day on those who face an unplanned pregnancy. Allow them to grasp the miracle growing within them.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More about the Miracle of Life

An Unborn Baby’s Milestones

Human Babies: the Most Dependent Species at Birth


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