Thursday, July 24, 2008

Five Weeks - Sesame Seed

At five weeks today, our baby is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he/she's about the size of a sesame seed, and looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. The embryo now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from the baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

It’s heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form the baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.

The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as it’s thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.

1 comment:

erin said...

Oh, it's so exciting to see how beautifully God created us! Especially in these first weeks. It seems so impossible that a baby can come from those 3 cell layers!