Physical Impressions

Your baby’s body

A newborn baby’s abdomen may seem very rounded and his limbs small and thin, but these proportions are normal and will soon change.

The head


The average newborn baby’s head circumference is about 14 inches (35 centimeters). The head may seem large in comparison with the rest of his body since it comprises about a quarter of his length compared to an eighth in an adult.


Your baby’s head is unlikely to be perfectly rounded after birth, but no matter how bumpy or swollen it looks, the brain will not have been damaged. This is because the bones in the head are specially designed to move ...

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