Baby would now be considered full term if they were born this week
You are getting closer and closer to meeting the little person who has been growing and developing inside you each day. Try to be patient - you're almost at the beginning of the next adventure!
All of the organs and features are now fully in place, meaning your little one is soon ready for the outside world
There isn't much left to do now but wait. You can use this time to read up on what to expect next - the signs of labour to look out for, preparing to breastfeed, how to change a nappy and all the new milestones to come!
Only 5% of births actually occur on their due date, so don't be too disappointed if you have to wait a little longer
But 50% are within a week of the due date and 90% are within 2 weeks - you won't have to wait forever even though it may feel like that.
Baby has grown from one single cell to a human being in just 9 short months. You're about to be a parent!
You're about to be a parent! If you are still waiting for baby to arrive have a read of some of the articles in this week to help keep you occupied - the impatience can be unbearable but you will soon have your little baby in your arms.
Although your baby may cry regularly they don't actually produce tears for the first few weeks of life.
Babies are born with working tear ducts but they only produce enough tears to cover and protect the eye. As their glands develop, proper tears will begin to appear.
First week done, next week ahead of you - and so much is happening. Although crying remains your baby’s main form of communication, you might hear your baby make gurgling or humming sounds when they’re feeling snug and content. This is also your baby’s ways of exploring what sounds they can make and how. If you're a bit surprised to find that you're feeling a little emotional and teary, do not worry. After going through labour and now with a new baby in the house it is not unusual that you might be feeling like this. Also, your hormones are still on high alert.
It’s more important than ever to eat a healthy diet. A healthy and nutritious diet is the best way to get the energy and stamina you need to take care of your baby. If you have been offered help, take them up on their offer and ask them to make you a fish pie for dinner; oily fish is a good source of protein and long chain polyunsaturated fats (LCPs), vegetables like peas and broccoli provide vitamins and iron, while a cheesy mash topping will give you both carbohydrate and calcium. You can freeze some portions to have at a later date too.
At birth, baby's eyes are 75% their adult size
The changes keep on coming within the first month, including their eyesight. Right now your baby’s eyesight is developing in quality and range, although it’s still quite limited. The human face – especially yours – along with any moving object will attract their attention most of all.
A newborn's brain accounts for about 10% of their body weight, in adults it is only 2%
At birth their brain is developed to about 25% of it's adult size and by 3 years this will be 80% making these the most important years in terms of brain development.
Expect your baby's first real smile somewhere between 1 and 3 months
By 2 months of age your baby will lose their reflex smile which is what you may have seen up until this point. Their real smile will usually happen between 6 and 12 weeks of age.
Newborn babies have more bones than adults. Babies have around 305 while adults have 206.
Your baby's 6 week check-up is an important milestone. Not only will it reassure you that your baby is developing as they should, but also that they're responding properly to sights and sounds.
Your baby might have been born with blue eyes but that can change in the first 6 months of life
Some babies have a mild reaction to the vaccines. This can include a raised temperature for a short while and swelling or redness around the injection area. Don't worry too much but if it persists, do call your doctor.
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