Posts Tagged ‘pregnant’

Early Development in Pregnancy

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

From the mother, the egg carries 23 chromosomes, the tiny structures carrying genes that guide development. The sperm contributes 23 chromosomes from the father. When these chromosomes unite, the new cell contains 46 chromosomes which hold the information that makes the baby a unique individual. Physical features, such as eye or hair color, are encoded within the chromosomes. The gender of the baby is determined by two specific chromosomes, referred to as the “sex chromosomes.” Two “X” chromosomes make a girl, an “X” and a “Y” make a boy. Because a woman can only give an “X” chromosome, it is the sperm that determines the sex of the baby. (more…)

Short Fast Labor

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

While this may seem like the perfect situation, it’s not always as easy to handle. Contractions come on very suddenly and are usually very intense. It is difficult to maintain control when your mind is expecting early labor contractions but your body is already to 10 centimeters.