The period of time from conception to birth is full of dramatic changes that can have an impact on future growth and health. Learning more about the earliest developmental processes provides a basis for understanding later childhood development. If you have ever taken a course in developmental psychology, you can probably remember spending the first few days of class discussing prenatal development as well as issues such as inherited diseases and environmental factors that can influence fetal growth. Whether or not you plan on ever becoming a parent, understanding prenatal growth and development provides an essential foundation for further learning in developmental psychology.
Learn more about the stages of prenatal development.
In the majority of cases, prenatal development follows a fairly normal and predictable path. However, problems do sometimes occur. Learn more about some of the environmental and genetic factors that can lead to problems in prenatal development.
More About Child Development
- An Overview of Early Childhood Development
- How Genes Influence Development
- How Environmental Factors Influence Development
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