Pregnant woman
Child health

Pregnancy

Pregnant woman

Pregnancy is a life changing experience for women with impact on her health. For the child, it is the fundament of survivial defining physiological robustness lasting for its entire life. Strictly regulated processes fall into sensitive developmental windows that bear the risk of being compromised through internal misalignments or external factors. Here, we summarise selected steps from fertilisation, embryonic and foetal stages in the three trimesters and some of the common tests in antenatal care to the first changes from a liquid environment in the womb to air exposure after birth.