Your Baby's Development
Ears move to their final position and they stand out from the head. And start brushing
up on your lullabies — in the coming weeks, your baby will probably be able
to hear! The bones
of the middle ear and the nerve endings from the brain are developing so that your
baby will hear sounds such as your heartbeat and blood moving through the umbilical
cord. He or she may even be startled by loud noises!
Your baby's eyes are also developing — they're now facing
forward rather than to the sides, and the retinas may be able to detect the beam of
a flashlight if you hold it to your abdomen.
Until now, your baby's bones
had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify.
Some of the first bones to ossify are those in the clavicles and the legs.
You're probably beginning to prepare for life
with baby. This is a good week to begin your search for a pediatrician
or other health care provider for your child. Schedule visits to meet with potential
doctors to discuss issues such as appointment availability and when to call in an
You'll also want to learn as much as you can about their practices and procedures. Some good questions to ask: How many health care providers
are in the practice? Who covers nights and weekends? What is their policy on phone
calls? Which hospitals are they affiliated with? What insurance do they accept? What
specialists do they work with? How are emergencies handled?
It's important that you feel comfortable with your child's doctor, so do your homework
and make your decision carefully.
PREGNANCY CALENDAR: A week-by-week
- Trimester 1
- Trimester 2
- Trimester 3