Can my baby see before she's born?

Q: Can my baby see before she's born?

A: Vision is the last sense your baby develops, which helps explain why her eyesight is so fuzzy as a newborn (at birth, your baby can only see about 8 to 12 inches in front of her).

Your unborn baby's eyelids remain closed until you're about 28 weeks pregnant, which allows the retinas to fully develop. After that time, her eyes open and even begin to blink. Here's a fun fact: As soon as their eyes open in the womb, twin babies can find each other -- and will touch each other's faces or hold hands!

Just as the womb isn't completely quiet (your baby can hear sounds like your voice, heartbeat, and tummy growling), it isn't totally dark, either. As early as week 18 -- when her eyes are still closed -- your baby's retinas can detect a small amount of light filtering through if you're out basking in the bright sun. By week 33, your baby can start seeing dim shapes because her pupils are able to constrict and dilate. --Karin A. Bilich

1 Comment

  1. This is completely and totally false. No light passes through your vulva this is literally insane. Obviously this author has been answering questions from the bottom of a bottle of wine and your editor is man. If you don't have anything informative to say don't say anything at all Jesus Christ with all the misinformation being spread in this political climate this is dangerous

    1. Are you being serious? The light passes through the skin. Just hold a flashlight behind your hand in a dark room to see this effect.

    2. You don't need science but you need Jesus in your life.

    3. You need a little more science in your life, my dude.

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