Animation showing the development of a human fetus from weeks four to forty. The human gestation period is typically around 40 weeks after the last period, or 38 weeks after fertilization (conception). For the first eight weeks from conception the developing baby is known as an embryo, and as a fetus for the subsequent 30 weeks. The developing baby is nourished through its umbilical cord, which connects to an organ called the placenta, which is embedded in the wall of the mother's uterus.
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