Malnutrition and Fetal Development-1421107

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Running Head: Malnutrition 1 Malnutrition and Fetal Development Name Institutional Affiliation
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2 MALNUTRITION Fetal Development and Malnutrition Fetal development involves a series of steps that include implantation, development of the zygote, and growth of the zygote to an embryo in a period of two to eight weeks. From eight to forty weeks, the embryo grows into a fetus. During the first day of development of new life, the cell divides into two, four parts and many more parts that continually divide as they move towards the womb in search of a great environment where they can survive and grow. During the first two weeks of conception, the heart begins to beat pumping the baby’s blood and in four weeks, essential organs such as the ears, eyes, and the tongue among other begin to develop. Within seven weeks, reflex responses in the child begin, and the toes and fingers start to develop while the chest and the entire abdomen fully develop. During the eighth week, all the baby organs are present with a steady heartbeat and normal functioning of all the other body organs such as the kidney and the liver. During this period, the baby’s fingerprints are engraved, and its entire body becomes sensitive to touch. In four to five months, the baby begins to kick, turn or even somersault. Here, he baby may have dream sleep and his/her ears start
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