Monday, September 10, 2012

Uterus: A Safe Haven Created for the Embryo

The uterus is a hollow, muscular organ that weighs about 50 grams. Certainly this is not big enough for a baby to develop in. Therefore, the structure of the uterus must undergo a transformation. During pregnancy, the size of the uterus grows steadily, increasing to about 1,100 grams by the end of pregnancy. Because of this characteristic, the uterus attains the most suitable condition for the growth and development of the fertilised egg and for the emergence of a completely formed human being. Besides this, being exactly in the centre of the mother's pelvic cavity, it shelters the baby and protects it in the course of its development.25
In the Qur'an, God reveals the protective quality of the mother's womb and reminds us once again of His compassion for humanity:
We created man from the purest kind of clay; then placed him, a living gem, in a secure receptacle.  (Qur'an, 23: 12-13)
1- Arthur C. Guyton, John E. Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology, 10th ed., Harcourt

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