Your babys progress - Week 37
Baby is all ready to rock and roll his way down the birth canal – though that doesn't mean he’s finished growing and developing. Despite being structurally ready for the real world, baby is still under-developed compared to other mammals at birth. Not only will it take a newborn nearly a year to start to walk, but he will lack control over his muscles – particularly his neck muscles – in the early days after birth and won’t be able to control his eyes to focus on objects. In fact, it will take your newborn nearly three months to gain control over his vision.
Newborn babies cannot sit up or ask for what they need, so it’s little wonder that babies spend their first weeks as a newborn sleeping and crying. When baby arrives, you need to summon all your resources to nurture baby in the big scary world outside your belly. Baby will be likely to want to be wrapped snugly, held closely and hear your heartbeat and voice, just as she has done for the last 37 weeks inside your body. Oh, and you might want to start thinking about the practicalities of how you will sleep and eat around baby’s early newborn needs, because the sooner you start adjusting, the easier you can adapt in those early days after birth.
Because it's so snug in your womb right now, baby won’t be doing somersaults anymore – though the number of times she kicks or you feel movement should remain about the same. Most of baby’s basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight and getting all cute in preparation for you to meet her at birth.
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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