|Although your baby is still comfortably growing inside your womb, they are already developing some automatic behaviors and sensory responses that will help them interact with the world during the first four or five months after being born. These capacities are called “newborn reflexes” and while some of them will occur spontaneously as part of your baby’s daily life, others will only appear as a response to specific actions or stimuli.
According to Stanford Children’s Health there are a couple newborn reflexes that are already being rehearsed in-utero:
• Root reflex: it helps the baby find the breast or the bottle immediately after birth. When something touches the baby’s cheek, they will turn their head in the direction of the touch, searching for a food source, and begin sucking.
By week 32 of your pregnancy, your baby will have developed these reflexes that will be very handy once they are born. In the ultrasound you might even catch your little baby sucking their thumb, which will bring an “adorableness-overload” reflex in you, but that’s a topic for another blog post!
You might find yourself comparing your belly to that of your also expecting friends or, if you already have children