Prenatal Development

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The explosive rate of growth and development during the 266. days between conception and birth is unparalleled at any other point in human ontogeny. Fairly recent technological advances have opened a window to the fetus. Fetal neurobehavioral development can be organized into four functional domains: heart rate, motor activity, behavioral state, and environmental responsivity/interactive capacities. Each develops in predictable ways during gestation as the nervous system matures. A variety of fetal and maternal factors can affect fetal development. The period before birth sets the stage for all subsequent development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780123708779
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Anteflexion
  • Embryo
  • Fetal heart rate
  • Fetal motor activity
  • Fetal response
  • Fetal sensory capacities
  • Fetal state
  • Gestation
  • Habituation/Dishabituation
  • Homolog
  • Neurobehavioral development
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal development
  • Prosodic
  • Retroflexion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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