I Went From Nothing to the Size of a Pumpkin! -Yoselin R.

body change during pregnancy
External changes in a mother

Throughout the course of a pregnancy many changes happen both internally and externally. Despite the fact that the external changes are a lot more noticeable, it is very important to understand how a mother’s body changes within the inside.

Throughout the course of a pregnancy many changes happen both internally and externally. Despite the fact that the external changes are a lot more noticeable, it is very important to understand how a mother’s body changes within the inside.

In a pregnancy, the mother carries its child for a total of nine months. In order to better understand the changes that occur, these nine months have been divided into three important stages known as trimesters. Throughout the course of this semester, I have learned that the first trimester of a pregnancy begins once the cell and the sperm have combined creating a zygote. Evidently, a zygote later transforms into a morula throughout the course of one week. Evidently, within that same week, the morula attaches itself to the uterine lining and the morula is now classified as an embryo. In addition to this, during the first trimester, a fetus develops many important aspects such a digestive and nervous system, visible facial characteristics, external genitals and so on. In addition to what occurs in the first trimester, we have learned a lot about how important the second and third trimester are. We have learned that the second trimester is crucial to the development of a fetus since it develops its brain at this time.

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Development from an embryo to a fetus. 

Personally speaking, I find it fascinating to see how in such a short period of time one can clearly see changes within an embryo. An example of this would be the size difference within the embryo from day one to week one. It is absolutely incredible to see how something can go from being so microscopic to being a size of .004 cm. It is even more fascinating to know that at the end of a pregnancy, the fetus is the size of a small pumpkin measuring anywhere from 46 to 56 cm.

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The placement of an Epidural. 

In my previous blog post, Is Medicine Really a Good Thing? I mentioned something along the lines of, “science continues to impress us with such incredible resources that we fall into the trick without actually knowing what might happen,”. Looking back at this blog post, I can say that I continue to share this idea especially after learning plenty of new information about pregnancy. During this semester, we talked about a large variety of birthing methods a mother can use when they are in labor. Despite the fact that these birthing methods have many great advantages such as less pain, mobility of the pelvis, and the the use of a natural force (such as gravity), we continue to stick with the normal semi-sitting labor method. I personally believe that Epidurals play a large role in this. Many people believe that they could get the shot and feel less pain or no pain at all but wouldn’t it just be better to avoid a shot, and be able to have mobility of your pelvis throughout the course of labor. All in all science is great but we should be open to exploring all the other possibilities out there.  

 

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