Development Of A Womb Is A Remarkable Period Of Rapid Growth And Creation For The Young Life

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Development of a fetus in the womb is a remarkable period of rapid growth and creation for the young life to be. There are a myriad of outside forces that can influence the advancement of the zygote in its journey from fertilized egg to blastocyst, embryo and fetus. These outside forces can have profound implications for the mind and body of the young life both immediate and throughout the lifespan. Exposure to these environmental hazards can come from many different sources, some known and predominantly understood, others are not. These all can lead to vastly different outcomes for the child while in utero and after birth. To be able to fully understand the mechanics of fetal development, the outside hazards that can influence its growth…show more content…
FAS is a group of physical and mental defects that develop due to high consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. FAS is typically referenced by three classes of changes; the appearance of facial features that are prevalent with FAS, such as a thin upper lip, in addition to marked growth deficiency measured by height and weight measurements at birth compared to national average, and Central Nervous System (CNS) abnormalities. These disruptions to CNS development are categorized in 3 ways. Structural impairments that can observed and while in utero, Neurological impairments which can be seen as diagnosable signs such as epilepsy, or soft symptoms such as hearing loss, and functional impairments such as learning disability or cognitive deficits (Stratton, 1996). These signs and symptoms for FAD are a combination of diagnosable observations that can be found while the child is in the womb and others such as functional impairments that must be later diagnosed after birth during child development. This broad range of diagnosable characteristics found with fetal alcohol effects have led to wider term to encompass them all Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is a more broad term referring to the range of effects that an individual can have due to the mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy. This disorder contains a spectrum of presentations that includes FAD, but also refers to the broader observation of neurodevelopmental disorders
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