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PYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LIFE STAGES

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  • Submitted: 13/11/2008
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PYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LIFE STAGES

There are 8 live stages in total; these are the stages a person goes through during the course of their life. These stages are conception, pregnancy, birth and infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, older adulthood and the final stages of life.

Conception and Pregnancy

Conception is when a live sperm penetrates a newly released mature egg successfully and the cells begin to multiply. The sperm meets the egg during sexual intercourse when thousands of sperm are released into the woman's vagina. It only takes one of these sperm to penetrate the egg, but even if intercourse takes place at the correct time in a perfectly healthy couple there is only a 30% chance of the woman becoming pregnant.

Once the egg is fertilized it continues its journey to the womb, which usually takes a couple of days. When it gets there it embeds itself into the lining of the womb.

The two cells, the egg and sperm, a known as haploid cells, when they fuse together they are called a zygote and are now a single haploid cell. The word Zygote comes from the

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