Your babys progress - Week 26
At long last your little baby could be opening her fused eyelids and taking a look around the womb. She can see! (Well, whatever it is that a developing baby gets to see while she sloshes around in all that amniotic fluid.) Baby is now developing the blinking reflex, which she will use all her life to protect those precious eyes. Studies have shown that when a torch or strong light is shone against a mother’s belly, the baby will move towards – or even away from – the light.
In fact, your baby has developed plenty of reflexes, just by virtue of hanging around in your belly. Babies develop most of the reflexes they will have at birth while they grow inside you. These include the startle reflex - baby will fling her arms and legs out at the sound of a sudden noise – and a sucking reflex where she will suck her thumb or fingers. Your precious baby will also be born knowing how to automatically do things like dive (her lungs have a reflex to automatically seal off if baby is under water, though this reflex is lost as baby grows older), suck, grasp, and turn her cheek to suckle.
Your baby’s eyes might be adapting to the watery and dim world she is growing up in, but the actual colour of her eyes won’t develop until she is born – eyes need light to develop the colour. Caucasian babies are likely to born with deep blue eyes, which gradually change colour as she gets older. Asian babies are often born with brown or dark grey eyes which mature and deepen to a rich brown as she gets older.
New research shows several genes determine baby’s eye colour and it’s impossible to predict eye colour just from the parents – so you can guess all you like, but you won’t know baby’s final eye colour until she is at least a few months old!
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress.
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