A clump of cells?
Some may tell you it's just tissue – but, is this true?
Our aim is to gently use honest language with you. Please see our My baby page.
Your baby is unique, with its own genome (DNA code) – they may be a different sex, ethnicity and blood type to you.
Most pregnancy information talks about 'you and your baby' even from 4 weeks (since LMP*). Can we really say 'it'?
What other word is there?
Embryo—the first 8 weeks of human development from fertilisation—most major body systems begin to form.
It means 'growing within' – alive and not one of your body parts.
By the end of 7 weeks they have grown fingers and toes.
Fetus—8 weeks and 1 day after fertilisation, to full term—the body grows and its systems begin to function.
Latin for 'unborn offspring' – a small but human being like you.
By the end of 9 weeks they can sigh, yawn and stretch.
What age did you become you?
Embryo, fetus, newborn, infant, toddler, pre-schooler, child, teenager, adult, mid-lifer, senior.
These all refer to stages of human development – but it’s all the same person, right from the beginning.
Your baby is tiny but a unique, living, precious human being – just like you.
Prenatal development facts from The EHD (Endowment for Human Development).
* LMP – last menstrual period.