Traditionally, we believe Christ was conceived on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. We will watch the parallel development of “Chris” in the womb from March 25 to December 25.
(Week 3) Chris’ heart started beating 18 days after conception. Chris may have a different blood type than the mother’s. Chris’ neural tubes are forming and will develop into the nervous system. Already, Chris has the foundation for thought, senses, feeling, and more. The amniotic sac, which will house Chris, is formed and the amniotic fluid will cushion Chris throughout pregnancy. Chris now has a yolk sac which supplies blood and nutrients until the placenta has developed and is ready to take over.
“Your own hands shaped me, modeled me.” Job 10:8
(Week 2) Chris has implanted in the wall of the uterus, which usually takes place 10 to 14 days after conception. Immediately, physical changes start taking place with the mother. The placenta starts to form. The placenta protects the child and provides nutrients to the new baby. The mother’s uterus will increase its capacity by 1000 times during pregnancy!
Luke’s Gospel says that Mary went in “haste” to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist. Jesus, an embryo, was greeted by a fetus (John) who leaped with joy at the presence of his Savior.
“for nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Last update : 04/13/2014