Your body instinctively nourishes and protects your baby during pregnancy, but caring for a newborn is a learned skill. If you haven't already, be sure to book your antenatal classes as you will be needing to start them in a few weeks if you want to complete them before baby arrives. These classes cover topics such as labor, options for pain relief, what to expect after delivery, common newborn problems, caring for a newborn, baby proofing, breast-feeding and bottle-feeding, and infant CPR. Learning all you can about birth and babies will help you feel more confident, especially if you're a first-time parent.
Your baby now weighs between 900 grams and 1kg and is around 36-38 cms in length. By this first week of the third trimester, your baby looks similar to what he or she will look like at birth, except thinner and smaller. The lungs, liver, and immune system still need to fully mature, but if your baby was born now, he or she would have at least an 85% chance of surviving.
As your baby's hearing continues to develop, he or she may start to recognize your voice as well as your partner's. Sounds may be muffled, though, because the ears are still covered with vernix, the thick waxy coating that protects the skin from becoming chapped by the amniotic fluid.
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