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Your Baby, Week 9

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After spending nine months tucked in the womb, your baby is starting to stretch out. The tight muscle tone of a newborn is starting to relax and he’s extending his arms and legs more.

Once he begins to use his arms and legs more actively, muscles will begin to develop. You may have seen him doing “baby calisthenics”—cycling his legs around when he’s lying on his back.

His neck muscles are becoming stronger, too—you’ll notice that his head bobs a little before he can hold it erect.

As his limbs loosen up, your baby will seem longer and leaner.

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