Psychology 2075 Chapter 6: Chapter 6 - Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth

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Sperm meets egg: sperm composed of a head, midpiece, and a tail. Gestational diabetes same as other form of diabetes in that the woman has high blood sugar because the body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs, but appears during pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia occurs during the third trimester that involves a sharp rise in blood pressure, the presence of protein in urine, and swelling of hands, feet, and face. Endoderm = digestive system and respiratory system. Mesoderm = muscles, skeleton, connective tissues, and reproductive and circulatory systems: placenta organ formed on the wall of the uterus through which the fetus receives oxygen and nutrients and gets rid of waste products. Also secretes hormones, produces large quantities of estrogen and progesterone. Amnion is filled with amniotic fluid in which the fetus floats and can readily move, maintains fetus at constant temperature and cushions the fetus against possible injury.

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