It takes just two cells
to make a human being. Two cells and a miracle. In nine months the parent cells
blossoms into billions. Where once was nothing now grows
a tiny human gently nestled and protected
in mother’s womb. Together, mother and child
share this odyssey of life nurturing and rapid change. A magnificent adventure
called pregnancy. Out here you’re not as warm. But that’s okay
mommy’s gonna make sure you are. Each of us is unique and yet every one of us is more alike
than we might imagine. Our chromosomes and genes
are almost identical. And we all got here in much
the same way voyagers on the same miraculous
journey as our cells became ourselves. This is a story of that journey. It’s about the bond
between mother and child. A bond that starts invisibly
from the moment of conception. From the very first moment
when two tiny cells begin to transform into a new person the mother’s body starts to reshape
and remodel itself. She becomes perfectly suited
for carrying the most precious cargo imaginable the fragile beginning of life itself. Reproduction is both exquisite
and exquisitely common. Perfect in its design. It begins the instant 400 million
sperm launch against the cervix the entrance to the woman’s
reproductive system. Each is programmed to seek out
the egg and fertilize it. It’s a risky mission. Many sperm perish
in the acidic climate of the vagina. The strongest make their way through
the cervix to start their marathon. The sperm must swim the equivalent of
nine miles through hostile waters to reach the egg. Out of 200, 400 million sperm only
a few make it to the egg itself and it does so by whipping its tail. Vigorous, but also desperate
and doomed most get lost in the folds of
the uterus or follow the wrong fallopian tube
where no egg exists. The remaining sperm race
toward their target and only one can fertilize the egg. The egg is one of the biggest cells
in the human body. Of the hundreds of millions of sperm mere hundreds find it. They surround the egg, each trying to
burrow its way in. The instant one sperm penetrates
the zona pellucida or eggshell the exterior closes, and the race
is over. All other sperm are shut out. The egg is sealed and so is the fate of the person
who will grow from it. The fertilized egg now has
all the genetic information it needs to create new life. A glorious chain reaction has begun. Like the embrace
that began the process the nucleus of the egg and sperm join
inside the egg nearly a day later. Together they create
the very blueprint from which a new person will be made. You’ve got 23 chromosomes
from your father and you’ve got 23 chromosomes
from your mother. Inside the nucleus of the egg and
sperm is a pro-nucleus a capsule containing
the 23 chromosomes on which the DNA code is written. Those two pro-nuclei will come close
together in that position. The chromosomes in each
will have doubled so you’ve got 46 in each. The pro-nuclei will, will dissolve. Those, those chromosomes
come together and they are then pulled apart and this cell then divides
and you’ve got a two-cell embryo. Only two cells and yet the future baby’s sex,
looks even potential health problems are already determined. This tiny speck is pushed by
fingerlike cilia through the fallopian tube toward the uterus. On the long journey it divides
again and again. At 32 cells this cluster
begins its transformation. The cells divide into distinct types. One type destined to become the baby the other its supporting organ
the placenta. The cells continue to feverishly
multiply unnoticed by the mother. In six days one cell has bloomed to
nearly 200 and the embryo has outgrown
its protective bubble. Like a flower bursting from its bud it emerges and expands, burrowing into
the soft warm folds of mother’s uterus. In a matter of days cells
become structures building a human framework. Among the first is the neural tube
which in short time will become the brain and the spine. It’s at this stage that the cells
on the back of the embryo will start rising will form a tube and actually
come together at the top of that tube and fuse. And this all begins at the midpoint
of the back and it will proceed in a zipper-like
fashion from the midpoint towards the head and towards the tail. By the end of the third week
comes another milestone. The head and the tail portion of
the tube fuse completely. A brain starts to form. The tail, a dramatic reminder of
our primordial past, eventually fades away. Everything about the young embryo
is primitive. Until the placenta develops a yolk sac provides nourishment
for the first weeks. If you were to look at
a three-and-a-half week-old embryo. It would be very diffiicult to
look at it and say, “this is a human.” It may look like the same thing as a
as a mouse embryo or a pig embryo. They all look very similar. By four weeks, the human resemblance
is not much clearer, but mother
and child are already communing. The embryo sends chemical signals and the mother’s body prepares
to nurture forging an unbreakable, lifetime bond. By the end of the fourth week
the mother might suspect she’s pregnant. To the outside world there’s no sign
of the changes within. Proteins secreted by the developing
placenta tell the mother’s body to stop releasing eggs and prevent the uterine lining
from shedding. The embryo’s fragile world inside
the uterus is now secure. By the fifth week comes
a glorious explosion of life force. Within the watery,
amniotic fluid-filled cocoon the embryo grows more than
a million new cells every minute. Each of these cells has a job to do. A critical point during embryo genesis is the point at which all of
the organs are signaled to begin developing. The genes that all have to be
turned on at that point all have to be done like a
a well-conducted orchestra. The heart is the organ
that develops first. The cells destined to become heart
cells begin their first erratic flutters soon after the egg implanted
in the uterus. By four and a half weeks those cells are forming
the structure of the heart. In another few weeks beating inside this embryo will be
a fully functioning heart. It is disproportionately large
right now but the rest of the tissues
and organs will soon catch up. Not long after the heart begins to
develop, the liver starts growing. Soon it is more than ten percent of
the embryo’s size. From eyes to limbs, ears to lungs all of the embryo’s organs take shape cell by delicate cell. Each system takes its cue
from nature’s strict and graceful choreography. Each organ makes its entrance at just
the right moment to assure the baby’s health. Just like the constant beat of
this little heart the pace is quick and unstoppable. Even from day to day,
these amazing changes are unmistakable. The yolk sac, no longer needed
for nourishment finds a new role as the embryo’s
blood cell factory. It is firmly tethered to
the amniotic sac. Weighing less than half an ounce the growing embryo is already
independent with a circulatory system that’s separate from the mother’s. The placenta keeps
the two bloodstreams apart. The placenta also feeds the embryo
with nutrients it extracts from the mother’s blood and rids the embryo’s environment
of waste. The umbilical cord links the embryo
to the placenta the lifeline between mother and child. At less than half an inch long
and six weeks old tiny limb buds begin to emerge. They start as a protrusion Two in the upper portion of
the embryo and two in the lower portion of
the embryo. The cells on top will tell the cells
on the bottom to divide, grow and they start pushing
the limb buds outwards. This keeps happening for another four
or five days and at that point you’ll have
little petals on the end of those buds that will look like little hands
and little feet. The transparent skin reveals
everything inside this tiny body. Dark pits appear
where eyes will soon develop. Not more than seven weeks old
the embryo looks more human with each passing day and with each day the mother’s body
makes remarkable adaptations of its own. I just can’t wait until my stomach
starts getting bigger. Like right now you can you know, you can’t even tell
that I’m pregnant and like I can’t wait until I start
feeling the baby move and kick and all that good stuff. Hi! Congratulations, Brenda.
Thank you. I’m Doctor Abraham-Hebert. Brenda and her husband are expecting
their first baby. She feels ready for the changes even the unexpected ones. Okay, Brenda let’s go over
some more details here. I’m gonna let you know some of
the things that you’re gonna expect and give you a chance to ask
both of you give you a chance to ask me
some questions. Okay? I didn’t expect to get anything… …because my mom really didn’t have
any morning sickness and neither did my sister so I thought I’d be the lucky one also
and not get it. Increase of progesterone
and estrogen hormones cause morning sickness. Usually about 70, 80 percent of women during early pregnancy even starting as early as four to
eight weeks, begin noticing nausea. That’s actually a very good sign
to me that shows that the,
usually the progesterone hormones are increasing normally and her pregnancy is most likely
very protected. The obstetrician,
a prospective mom’s guide in pregnancy does her best to alleviate fears
and answer questions. How are you doing right now with that? It’s okay some days. Some days are pretty bad and some days are fine. So.
Okay. All right. You want to make sure your stomach
does not get empty. When you get an empty stomach you
the, the acid will start building up and that can cause a little more
more of the nausea and the heartburn. Brenda’s breasts are becoming
more tender as they grow fuller. Once a month about after, about a week
after your period. Some of the changes in the breast
that occur during the beginning of pregnancy and that continue during the rest of
the pregnancy are increased growth of the actual cells of the breast and this is very early. The glandular as well as
the ductal cells they’re, they’re growing in number
and they actually expand getting ready to fill with milk which will, which will happen
right after delivery. Okay. All right. Okay. At eight weeks into her pregnancy Brenda’s body is transforming into
the perfect, life-giving vessel. Her uterus is undergoing
the biggest changes and is enlarging and softening to
accommodate its flourishing embryo. I can actually deep inside feel
the top of your uterus. The individual uterine muscle cells
are increasing in size as well as increasing in number. They, they increase in size
all the way through the beginning of pregnancy to, until delivery. But initially what happens is the size of the uterus grows
from about this starts from as the size of my fist and, and even smaller in some people and it increases to the size of
a large orange or grapefruit cantaloupe and then of course a small watermelon. What happens around, between nine
and twelve weeks is that it actually goes from
a pelvic organ to an abdominal organ. Discomfort has always been
the handmaiden of early pregnancy. Though it signals to Brenda that
there is new life inside her she has not seen any actual evidence
of it until today. Through ultrasound Brenda and her husband meet
their child for the very first time. That’s a pretty good,
pretty good picture, guys. Oh, the baby looks wonderful!
Look at that little heartbeat! Can you guys see it? Okay. Here we go. This, this is the baby right in here.
The head is on this end. The bottom’s down here.
Right in the center is this little thing flickering away really fast that’s the heart. Can you see that? Brian can you see?
No. Ok. It’s right in the middle.
Stick your head around. Do you see it, like the movements?
Yeah. That’s the, that’s the heartbeat. Okay. What it looks like
with the measurement the baby is about three centimeters. Just like a, the length of a peanut. Okay? Your little peanut here. Okay. We don’t have fingers
and things right now but they’re called arm… For Brenda the concept of motherhood is
no longer abstract. At only eight weeks, the embryo
looks like a miniature baby, her baby. At eight weeks of development the embryo will look much like a very, very tiny human more, not more than five or so
millimeters in size. So it’s very tiny. The head will have eyes. It will have little, tiny,
what appear to be ears. It will have arms, it will have legs.
You can see the body of the embryo and the back of the embryo looks
much like a small, tiny baby that, that could be, you know
born at that stage. But it’s much of course
much too small and underdeveloped to survive
outside of the womb. The limb buds that appeared
a few weeks ago are turning into actual limbs with tiny fingers and toes. Every day brings staggering
noticeable changes to the embryo. Though just over an inch long
most of the major organs are already formed. Staring blindly into
their watery universe the embryo’s eyes continue to form
as the face takes shape. The lens, optic nerve and cornea
are in place and the iris forms over the lens. Small folds of skin, the eyelids
complete the intricate structure. Between eight and ten weeks
after conception, the lids close. For the next five months the eyes
will mature enough to take in the world. The brain grows enormously. 100,000 new nerve cells are created
every minute forming this organ of
unrivaled complexity. Now, this tiny embryo makes
a monumental transition. It graduates from embryo the developing phase to fetus
the growing and maturing phase. It won’t be long
before it is able to move to swim in its liquid cocoon. As the fetus grows more complex the mother must adapt to fill
its growing needs. The placenta is the fetus’ life source
supplying nutrients from the mother’s blood. The mother’s heart must work
extra hard to pump the increased volume of blood through her system so anything she does to keep her heart
healthy will keep her fetus healthy too. Walking is good exercise keeping the supply of blood to
the placenta rich and plentiful. Eating right throughout pregnancy
is also essential for mother and child’s well being. The fetus depends on mother’s diet to
supply the raw materials for healthy growth and for her own health the mother
can’t afford to skimp on vitamins and minerals. When it comes to nutrition rule number one is what’s good
for the mother is good for her developing child. And what the mother eats her fetus eats. The requirements of the body increase
as far as calories are concerned about 300 extra calories a day 300 to 500 extra calories a day all throughout pregnancy. If you have a more healthy balanced
diet and intake there’s decreased problems
in development. What harms the mother doubly harms
the fragile fetus. Tobacco is extremely dangerous to both
mother and fetus. It can affect the mother’s
cardiovascular system and the, the blood vessels and how effiiciently the heart
is pumping and it actually affects the fetus
as well and causes a lot of
low birth weight babies. A pregnant mother never drinks alone. She shares any alcohol she consumes
with her fetus. When consumed in excess, especially
during the early, crucial stages alcohol can stunt
the fetal development. The placenta is like
a fine mesh fabric virtually any chemical can pass
through if it’s small enough. When the mother smokes and drinks nicotine, carbon monoxide and alcohol
glide through the placental barrier to taint the fetal bloodstream slowing the development of the fetus’
brain, eyes and respiratory system. Mothering begins long before birth
as the mother-to-be creates a healthy environment. The beginning I was really happy and
then I went through a period where I was scared and I was like, “Oh, my God I can’t
believe I’m doing this,” and, but then I realized that you know
I’m, I am, doing it so you can’t be scared
you just got to… I’ve read a lot about it researched and stuff like that so kind of put me at ease. At the end of the third month
of pregnancy the mother’s body finally begins to
reflect the remarkable changes inside. A little more than 16 weeks into
her pregnancy, Mini is anxious to learn if her baby will be a boy or a girl. Sex is determined
at the moment of conception but it takes nearly 20 weeks
before it can be recognized. I am guessing that it’s gonna be a boy
I just have a feeling. But for my daughter’s sake,
and I love her dearly, I hope it’s a girl. It’s just like a gut feeling,
a big gut feeling. This tiny fetus nestled deep
inside mom’s womb continues its transformation. It’s just three and a half inches long but there’s no mistaking
that it’s human. The tiny face of this fetus looks
as if in deep slumber. The arms are long enough
to grasp each other and the legs are outstretched. The skin has become less transparent
with only blood vessels visible and the fetus finally
reveals its gender. Here we can actually see
as the baby allows us to Mini and her family
have looked forward to this day for nearly 20 weeks. Today, they’ll learn the sex
of their baby. With the head at this end and the chest and the heart moving towards the feet and then eventually
we get to the thighbone. Months of anticipation are
about to end. Let’s take a look here and this one’s fairly obvious.
So do we want to know what the sex is? Yes.
Yes. Okay. The male and female sexual organs
start identically as a small nub
between the fetus’ legs. Two small bumps, one on either side
of the nub soon emerge. If this fetus is a boy the nub
becomes a penis. The two bumps grow together
to form a scrotum. The boy’s developing testicles
are still deep inside his body within them, primitive sperm
are already developing. If this fetus is a girl, the nub
becomes a clitoris. A vagina forms from the same tissue
that forms a urethra in both sexes. Inside her tiny ovaries, all the eggs
she will have for her entire lifetime are already forming. I want you to focus in
between the legs. Well what do you think?
What do we think? A boy? That’s right. That’s right.
It, oh! There’s the picture right there.
My goodness, gracious. So we got our answer.
You have a baby brother. What do you think about that? The only growth spurts
that I felt was last month where I was small and all of a sudden
I gained like in a week I gained six pounds and it just pushed right out. It was just really weird. What happens is the top half of
the uterus expands and as it expands or as it stretches
and grows it actually pushes all the organs
that used to accompany used to occupy that space it pushes them up to up higher and higher into
your upper abdomen. By the 24th week virtually all the mother’s organs
have been rearranged to make room for a new living being. But rather than discomfort,
Nancy feels euphoric about the child inside her, and the astounding changes
of her own body. You kind of feel sexy. You just… It’s a different feeling. It’s a different feeling,
and I don’t think anyone understands. Either you feel good and you feel sexy
and you kind ofjust guess walk the talk. I don’t know.
Just a fabulous feeling. The epic journey of
the fetus continues. A growth spurt last month added
almost four inches and two pounds. Now, at more than a foot long and
two and a half pounds the fetus seems eager to explore
its cozy womb. As if reacting to private thoughts
expressions wash over the face. The fingers and toes are fully formed
now complete with nails and fingerprints and the entire fetus wears
a furry coating. The hair, called lanugo follows the patterns of
the connective tissue, covering the fetus in swirls
and spirals of down. The skin bears a waxy coating called
vernix caseosa. It protects the fragile fetal skin
from the amniotic fluid and infection and will aid the fetus
during the dramatic squeeze through the birth canal. Nancy is learning to cope with
her new lack of grace. The size and weight of her belly
requires new ways to perform her daily routine. I was easy when I bent down
I could keep my balance, I’m not keeping that balance any more. The stomach’s a little heavier so I’m not sure which way
I’m gonna go. Nancy isn’t alone in her struggle
for comfort. For the first time
she can feel with excitement her baby-to-be growing restless. As the life inside her starts
to fidget and kick Nancy’s body responds. As Nancy’s body prepares for labor her uterus practices Braxton Hicks
contractions named for the doctor
who first observed them. These irregular contractions are not
as intense as those of true labor but to Nancy, each breathless pang
feels like the flutter of butterflies. Braxton Hicks contractions
are irregular contractions very irregular maybe five to 20 a day
and very low pressure as well. When we get up into maybe 24, 28 weeks most women
will actually feel these contractions. Again they’re not painful,
they’re very low in pressure. They’ll notice a tightening and then
they, they pass. The fetus too is flexing its muscles. With room in the uterus to stretch
and kick, poke and prod it announces its existence to
a waiting world. The baby’s starting to move and you can feel him turn and kick.
No one else feels it. Every time I have someone put
their hands on my belly it’s quiet. So, but I feel it. Goodnight, moon. Goodnight cow, jumping over the moon. At 26 weeks the womb is no longer
a bubble of silence for the growing fetus is starting to
learn the sound of mother’s voice. Goodnight kittens. Goodnight mittens. Goodnight clocks. As it develops the fetus will be able
to respond to sounds both inside and outside mother’s body. Goodnight mouse. The fetus’ world
is getting noisier by the day. The structures of the fetal ear began
to develop only five weeks into pregnancy. The ear is constructed from
three components and in three stages. The outer structures began to take
shape at eight weeks. Pits on either side of the head
form the inner ear responsible for processing sounds
and maintaining balance. Not long after, the auditory canal
and eardrum developed. Now, at nearly 26 weeks the ear
looks complete and the three parts come together to
enable hearing. Every day brings a symphony of new
sounds to the fetus. The most prominent and reassuring
come from mother. The beating of mom’s heart and the
blood coursing through her veins provide constant comfort. By now, every part of the fetus
resembles the child that will emerge. The brain busily twists and folds
miles of neuro-pathways into a rippling maze. In the process, it stitches together
the core of the child’s humanity as its countless connections set
the stage for thought self-awareness and reason. Growth of the fetus creates challenges
for the mother as her internal organs vie for space
in cramped quarters. Nancy sometimes feels out of breath. But nature, which produced
this temporary problem, also provides an eloquent solution. Pregnancy hormones are making
Nancy’s lungs more effiicient bringing in 40 percent more
air oxygenating more blood for her and her fetus. A major change is occurring
in the fetal lungs too. To prepare for life outside the womb the cells lining the air sacs of
the lungs begin to produce a substance
called surfactant. It keeps the air sacs inflated much
like a soap bubble. As the baby gulps
its first breath moments after delivery the surfactant will coat the ducts
of the lungs to reduce the surface tension
and keep them from collapsing. With lungs now full of surfactant this nearly complete little human stands a chance of surviving
the world outside but it’s far from ready to leave
the safety of mom’s womb. His eyes are opening now. He’s swallowing and making
breath movements. He, he can hear us now.
He knows my voice. By the seventh month the pangs and stirrings
that were once so strange have now grown almost routine and familiar but certainly no easier to bear. They’re a constant reminder of
the active life inside. Well believe it or not even though some people don’t think
that I’m that big I felt a huge growth spurt in my
in my belly. And, that was exhilarating
but exhaust, exhausting you know. Your back hurts a lot more.
It’s hard to breathe. He gets stuck up in my
my ribcage and he, he’ll have a foot or an arm
or something up there. He pushes against the diaphragm
where it makes it hard to, to breathe. Circulation suffers as the large uterus
puts pressure on her veins. She feels occasional numbness
in her hands and feet and cramping in her thighs and calves. After about 20 weeks of pregnancy
we encourage pregnant women not to lay on their back anymore. At this point the uterus is quite
a bit heavier, and it actually lays on the blood vessels that run up the up your back and they both become compressed. And some people will lose
consciousness when pressure’s applied to this, these vessels. The huge physical toll can’t compare
to the euphoric anticipation of the birth to come. That I’m having a baby that’s the neatest thing. That he’s a person now and not
not an alien but that he’s, he’s just a he’s an actual being and he’s mine. For Sherry, nine months of waiting
has whittled down to mere weeks as she prepares to bring her baby
into the world. She feels elated
but uncomfortably big. Her breasts are tender
and enlarged with colostrum. She struggles to balance
her enormous belly. She’s never felt more expectant. The last couple of weeks of pregnancy
are an eternity. You pretty much have everything ready
to go and all you’re doing is waiting. You can’t turn around the way
that you used to. Spaces that you normally
fit through you no longer fit through. Sleeping, switching from one side
to the other. Bending over is very diffiicult. But Sherry won’t be this big
for much longer. Inside her uterus, the fetus prepares
to leave its watery shelter. Turned head down in the womb there’s barely room now
to stretch or kick. The fetus fully fills the womb,
every contraction squeezes in around it. Now the sensation is stronger. The upper part of the uterus shrinks
and the lower expands, making the uterus longer and narrower. There is little to do but wait for
the chemical signals that trigger labor. It can start at any moment. Kesa too is waiting for labor to begin
and to meet her new baby at last. I really do enjoy being pregnant. It’s a great experience for me.
I do like the end process and the end process is
a beautiful baby you bundled up in your arms. And I thinkjust the fact of of feeling a human being growing
inside of you and not being able to see the baby’s
face or, or really to just hold them or snuggle with them or orjust to touch them. I think that’s
where I want to be at right now. I’m ready to, to hold and cuddle and go to that next experience. For nine months Kesa’s body
has embarked on a biological odyssey geared to nurturing
her developing child. Now, it’s time to bring
that child into the world. Birth is is triggered or in,
is induced by the the fetus, by the the baby that’s about
to be born. And it’s done so as the baby
gets to a certain size or to a certain length in the uterus. It does so
by releasing corticosteroids a number of different hormones
that cause the, the muscles of the uterus to contract. Once this occurs there’s a definite cross talk between the embryo and the mother’s
uterus then beginning to contract. The cross talk keeps happening. It happens faster. It happens faster. Some of the signs that you’ll know
that you’re in labor are regular contractions. The duration of each contraction
is usually about 30 to 60 seconds and if you notice, you know, one hour goes by and you have
six contractions, and then the next hour goes by and you have ten contractions. And you’re noticing
that an actually a pattern that’s when we have you call the doctorjust to let them
know what’s going on. Kesa is in the first stage of labor. Over the last few days her cervix
has thinned and shortened. The sporadic, practice contractions
of the past are more regular now only minutes apart There are three stages of labor. The first stage of labor is from when the initial strong
contractions start until when the cervix is dilated fully that’sthe first stage of labor. The second stage of labor is actually the pushing stage when the, the cervix is completely
dilated until expulsion of the baby. That is stage two. Stage three is actually from delivery
of the baby to expulsion of the placenta. That’s stage three. As Sherry goes into labor she uses relaxation techniques to
ease her discomfort. But her labor is long.
The doctor has pierced her amniotic sac. But after the water has broken
her contractions intensify. And the pain becomes
more diffiicult to bear. Kesa’s labor is progressing quickly. Okay, just breathe through it… Each time the uterus contracts
the baby’s world shrinks and the placenta and
umbilical cord compress. At the peak of each contraction
the baby’s heart beats faster as the uterus pushes the baby further
down the birth canal. The contractions actually are
a physical tightening of the entire uterus. All those uterus smooth muscles
work together in concert and they, they’re actually squeezing
that infant out. That squeezing contributes to
Kesa’s pain which signals that the baby is
on its way. The first stage of labor is
the longest, but the next steps are just as crucial. The cervix must become shorter and
wider for the baby to pass through. The process of effacement squeezes
the inch-long cervix to practically nothing. At the same time the cervix grows wider or dilates
from the width of a pinky finger to the width of a grapefruit. When it reaches ten centimeters Kesa is ready to push out her baby. The contracting and stretching muscles
coupled with the increasing pressure of the baby produces the legendary
pain of childbirth. Here comes a contraction. You’re just zoned out. Throughout the whole thing? Huh, huh. I just didn’t feel them
now here comes one right now. To ease her pain Kesa opts for
an epidural. The anesthesia is administered
directly into the spine and lightly numbs the pelvic region Feels a little uncomfortable.
One, two, three. Can she sit up?
Yeah. Come on up Relax. You all right, baby? As Sherry’s labor progresses
her doctor becomes concerned that something might be wrong. Baby’s heart rate’s going down
a little bit. I think there’s a cord
around somewhere neck or arm or body or the baby’s just pressing
against it. If it continues to go deeper and
deeper with every contraction and we can’t recover you know, then we’ll talk about
the next step. Even before Kesa’s cervix
is fully dilated, the baby begins the descent down the birth canal. Tremendous pressure builds
in the pelvis but it’s not time to push yet. Nine? This is really to nine now. This is not gonna be a whole lot
longer now, I think. To pass through the narrowest part
of the pelvis the baby guided by the muscles of
the birth canal turns its head sideways to align
with the pelvic inlet. The baby is a miracle of design. Though the head is its widest part the plates of the skull compress
by half an inch to ease its passage. Ready to do a push. Okay, stop. You know what we’re gonna do? We’re gonna get everything prepared.
Okay? I think by the time we do that it will be time to
have your baby. I hope so.
All right? The drop in the heart rate of
Sherry’s baby let the doctors know
that the umbilical cord might prevent his normal descent down
the birth canal. They decide that a C-section delivery
is the safest approach for mother and child. There you go. Okay. Just great. His head is out?
Yeah. Biting my finger. There’s our cord
Right around the neck. There’s our cord.
There’s our cord. Okay, here you go.
Okay. Move around the, should,
around the shoulder. Okay? Minutes later a healthy baby is born not exactly as planned, but with joy
gratitude and awe. And in that instant an unbreakable
bond is forged between parents and child. Look sweetie, right, right over here. A bond that will last
the rest of their lives. All right. All right. Tell me when I can push
because I got to push. Not yet.
Okay. Kesa is now
in the critical second stage of labor. In the face of intense pain,
she must use all her concentration and willpower. This is like the last time sweetie. As she contracts her abdominal muscles the pressure inside
the uterus increases forcing the baby downwards. My goodness.
Oh my God, she’s The vaginal opening gets larger
as the baby approaches. Here he is.
Soon the top of its head is visible. Sweetie. Come on sweetie!
Keep pushing! Come on. Here it comes.
Here it comes. Come on. Oh!
Take your time. You ready?
You ready? Kesa.
Oh! Ready? Easy does it.
Beautiful. Finally the head is out. Oh! There’s that pain! It hurts so bad.
Oh! Baby she, she’s almost here.
All the way here, sweetheart. Okay. Okay. She got it. Easy does it. Oh, my goodness! She’s out!
And the baby emerges. There’s mommy.
Oh, my God! Let me get that out of there.
Yes. Hi, there! Oh, my God. Thank you. Hundreds of millions of years
of evolution collide in this single moment. You are incredible. She is, like two or three pushes
or something? Hey, baby!
Mommy has waited for so long. Okay? For nine months mother and child
share an incredible transformation. Oh, hey baby girl! I’m your mommy. Now, anotherjourney is just beginning. Mommy has been waiting for you
for so long. Okay. Yeah baby, I know.
Do you look like your brother? I know it sweetheart.

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98 Replies to “Discovery.Health.The.Ultimate.Guide.Pregnancy”

  1. I am just about to get married, and although I am not planning children any time soon, I definitely want them in the future. The thing that scares me, though, is labor and delivery. It seems incredibly painful for some people but less so for others. I don't like pain, as few do, but I'm curious of other's experiences. How much more painful are contractions in relation to, say, period cramps? And how long after delivery does discomfort last? I have had an intrauterine contraceptive (Mirena) installed and that was the worst pain I have ever experienced – I was crippled for two days with a piercing cramping that left me unable to move very much. For those of you who may have had an IUC also, what are contractions like in relation to that?

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  3. Awesome but the constant rubbing of the tummies are annoying. And they need to state the stage/week of the fetus that they're showing a little more frequently.

  4. Im six months pregnant (first baby) and every single time I watch a documentary like this I end up crying, life is a miracle, Its amazing!ย 

  5. haha at 40ish minutes when he is talking about labor starting, he calls it an embryo. Uhhh, it isn't an embryo anymore buddy! Still loving the video!ย 

  6. 32 weeks pregnant with my 4th. ย Had a normal delivery (with epidural & pit.) with my first 23 1/2 hours, 4 1/2 of pushing and a stage 4 episiotomy. ย A c-section with my second after the epidural stopped my labor from progressing. ย A VBAC, no drugs with my third I only knew I was in labor for about 4 hours, 9 minutes of pushing, only superficial tearing. ย Hopefully my fourth follows the third for a quick and easy go at it, I'll be trying another VBAC with no drugs since that seems to do it best for me. ย Remember ladies, it hurts, but it's worth it in the end. ย You are stronger than your contractions, the only advice I really remember using is tuck your chin when pushing (popped a blood vessel in my eye with my first not tucking), breathe down between contractions (humming helps), pushing when you are supposed to actually makes it feel better, when you are in between a rock and a hard place (pushing contractions and ring of fire) grit your teeth and go for it, it'll all be over soon. ย Other than that, labor sucks, I'm not looking forward to it, but I know what's coming and hopefully everything goes well. ย Good luck to all expectant mommies.

  7. My fiancรฉ walks in and asks……..' ……..why are you watching………this…honey'…..I just smiled : ) ……….his face lol!!

  8. Okay…I'll admit it, I cried when the two babies were born lol! Everytime I watch a birth it makes me cry haha

  9. 27:30 you kinda feel sexy?? My wife is just about 39 weeks right now and she said she feels and looks like an egg on toothpicks sooo….Oh and the Niki Minaj doctor talks like someone is plucking her nose hairs all the time.

  10. I understand how difficult it can be to play the waiting game for your new little bundle of joy. My first son was two days late and my daughter didn't show any sign of coming until I went into labor. It can be soooo frustrating. One thing that I read that helped me get through the waiting was this book my friend recommended to me called "87 Ways to Induce Labor." Some of them are really funny and do not make any sense to try, but they sure got me laughing such as the one that suggests knocking on your belly to convince the baby to come out. But most of them are actually great ideas. The one that seemed to work the best for me was to do a lot of walking. If you are interested in trying out a few of the ideas or just need something to pass the time, check out this book!

  11. I find it kind of strange to have so many people present in delivery. Husband? Of course. Mother(in law) and sister? N E V E R !!! ย  o.Oย 

  12. i am almost 19 weeks pregnant….i cant wait to hold my baby in my arms….i cried on seeing the delivery at the end of the video….such a beautiful miracle…

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  14. it's easy to identify yourself as the sperm that won the prize but we're not just made of the DNA inside the sperm, we got the other half of our DNA from the women's egg. So in actuality, we were essentially the sperm [and] the egg simultaneously :]

  15. So excited about having my own little child. I have been dreaming about the day I experience this with my love. โค๏ธ

  16. I am 38 weeks pregnant now ๐Ÿ™‚ can't wait to finally meet our little one. I cried towards the end of this video. Such a precious moment!

  17. Does this hurt like A LOT?! How does it hurt? Where does it hurt?

    P.S I'm a girl. This is my dad's account. I want to learn more about this, how much it hurts.

  18. IMPORTANT QUESTION—LADIES who already gave birth! I want your opinion! I've heard that with the EPIDURAL most women do not get pain but feel pressure….But this woman seemed to not be feeling the same way as everyone I've asked… How was this experience for you?

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  21. I just found out I am pregnant like 3 days ago and I'm on my 6th week. We are so blessed and beyond happy. Take care all mommies!

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