The aim of this assignment is to explore the development changes that occur at different life stages i.e. Conception, birth and infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. As well as socio- economic factors and life events that can influence, positively or negatively, the growth and development of individuals.
Growth is the increase in size of the body in height, weight and other areas that can be measured. Development is the gaining of skills which are split into different areas known as physical, intellectual, emotional and social
Conception, pregnancy and birth
A human life start at the point of conception, the women usually produces 1 egg cell per month, 2 weeks after the menstruating the egg then travels from the ovary to the fallopian tube then in to the uterus. if sexual intercourse happens when the egg is in the fallopian tube it may become fertilized by 1 sperm out of millions.(sperm = 23 chromosomes, egg = 23 chromosomes) when the sperm meets the egg the path of physical development start as the genetics from the mother and father become joined as one.
At 2-3 days the egg is the size of a pin head and starts to travel and attaches itself to the wall of the uterus.
At 8 weeks the foetus is normally 3-4 cm and has a heart beat as well as developing arms, legs, eyes, ears and mouth ect.
At 12 weeks the foetus (baby) is about 5 cm long and weighs less then 14g.
Baby will start moving around and there face is becoming to look more human, there eyes have moved closer together and there organs are starting to performing more tasks like the kidneys are secreting urine into there bladder.
At 20 weeks the baby is putting weight on and is half the length they will be at birth.
At 30 weeks the baby is half the weight it will be at time of birth, there lungs and digestive system are nearly mature and can most likely open and shut there eyes.
In the last few weeks of pregnancy the baby will