The egg is fertilized and cellular development begins immediately. The gender of the baby can be determined before the egg is implanted in the womb.
When the new life implants, it is already composed of hundreds of cells. It has developed a protective hormone to prevent its rejection as foreign tissue in the mother’s body.
At 17 days blood cells have developed.
At 18 days the muscle that will become the heat begins to pulsate.
At 19 days the eyes begin to develop.
At 20 days, the foundation of the brain, spinal cord and e
ntire nervous system has been laid.
At 21 days the heart begins to beat.
At 28 days the backbone and 40 pairs of muscles are developing along the trunk. Arms and legs are forming.
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I found this on the facebook page “Heaven Is For Real.” It speaks volumes. Our children are in heaven, on assignment, complete in God’s love, and looking forward to the day when we will be reunited with them. That brings great comfort to me.
A baby’s heart begins to beat about 21 days after conception.
How many of us were told to “stop thinking about it” or “it’s time to let it go.” How many of us were not given a chance to grieve? How many of us had no one with whom to share our loss or grief or shame?
For 31 years I have shoved all my feelings into a box, not willing to admit I had any feelings about my abortion at all. I am now embracing my feelings, allowing God to use them for good. Tears are not easy for me – I feel vulnerable and out of control. But tears are softening my heart of stone. Dr. Larry Day has said it so well:
“Our heart may be full of tears and it would benefit us greatly if we gave ourselves permission to cry again; to let those tears out. As water softens hardened soil, so tears soften a hardened heart. Prayers and tears from the heart are God’s gift for healing.”
When have you last allowed yourself to cry, to really cry?