Post # 1
This is coming up in the thread about baby bump photos on FB and I didn’t want to hijack that thread with more posts about it. But I’m VERY curious. I’ve added options that clarify whether or not you have been pregnant with your answer, I’m curious to see the difference in responses.
“Baby” is not really a scientific term, and is widely interpreted. The actual stages of human development are:
Embryo: Conception to roughly 8-12 weeks
Fetus: Roughly 8-12 weeks until birth
Newborn: First month after birth (also known as Infant which extends thru first year)
**PLEASE try to keep comments clean and not attack each other for different beliefs! I’m genuinely curious about it and really want to know what people think and WHY you think that. Try to keep judgement to a minimum if possible. I realize this is a hot topic!!
Post # 3
@jny1179: I don’t say “baby” until it’s been born. Before that it is a fetus or embryo, but I have a scientific mind, so that’s just the way I see things.
Post # 4
I have three children and consider “baby” to be “newborn”.
Post # 5
It’s a baby the moment I know I (or whoever) is pregnant.
Post # 6
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, it was a baby. I feel the same way when I find out others are pregnant.
You never hear anyone say “Congratulations on your embryo/fetus!”
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Post # 8
@Cory_loves_this_girl: I’ve not been pregnant, but that’s what I was thinking.
Post # 9
I say “baby” when someone is pregnant and it’s a pregnancy that they want.
Post # 10
Yeah, I am one of those, soon as they found out it is a baby people. I get the science amd that yes, it is “just” a bunch of cells, but then again, what is anything but a big group of cells? So happy babies for all, because “congrats on your embryo” doesnt look as good on a card.
Post # 11
@SouthernGirl: Would you expand on why you think that, from a scientific perspective? I’m very scientific too so I’m very curious to see how our views compare!
Post # 12
I think embryo and fetus are great scientific terms for the stages of development in the womb. That said- I don’t think anyone actually USES those terms for a tiny person growing inside their belly or the belly of a loved one. Someone hears “I’m pregnant” and the response is generally “Yay a baby!” not “yay a fetus!!” ya know?
Post # 13
@chasesgirl: I like that – what is anything but a big group of cells? – so very true!
Post # 14
@inky_1: +1 From the moment I find out someone is pregnant, and when I first found out I was pregnant, it was “baby”… I don’t refer to it as the baby, I just say “babe” or “baby”
@Cory_loves_this_girl: hahaha, so true!
Post # 15
@jny1179: I know it’s not technically a baby until it’s born but I feel weird calling my future child a fetus.