Baby brain waves
Your baby’s brain is developing.
At 40 weeks, your baby has quite the brain already. However, while your baby’s brain has undergone an amazing transformation throughout your pregnancy, it still has a long way to go. When they are born, most of your baby’s actions are controlled by the lower brain and are called reflexes. Here are some of the actions you’ll see your newborn do:
- Turn their head toward and suck on an object placed near their mouth (known as the rooting reflex)
- Throw out their arms and legs when startled by something (the Moro reflex)
- If you support their body and head and let the soles of their feet touch a flat surface, they will make walking motions (the stepping reflex)
As the upper regions of your little one’s brain mature, they will lose these reflexes and begin controlling their actions more and more.
Mom's tip of the week
Did you know...?
Your baby will need lots of attention right after they are born. They’re ready to be loved. Here’s some of what you can expect after delivery:
- Your doctor will suction the mucus out of your baby’s mouth and nose, and then you’ll hear your little peanut’s voice at last.
- The umbilical cord will be cut (by a parent or doctor).
- Your baby will be whisked away for a few quick screening tests to make sure everything is OK.
- After that, they’re all yours!
Real issues, real solutions
The issue: At 40 weeks pregnant, you're about to meet your newborn baby, and you're not sure what to expect.
The solution: Although babies develop at different rates, they all experience some rapid changes right after birth in four key areas controlled by the brain. Development in these areas—cognitive, motor, social, and communication—are measured in age‐related milestones. Take a peek at some simple things you can do to support your baby's growth.
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