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Fetal Development Basics & Pregnancy

When does the sense of touch develop in a fetus?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    The first sense to emerge, touch happens as early as 7 ½ weeks, when your baby can first sense touch on the lips and nose, and quickly extends to the rest of body, as he goes from touching his lips or nose to touching the uterine wall, his face, and the rest of his body. Touch is a critical survival sense, as it not only enables a baby to suck, swallow, and cough at birth, but also to take in amniotic fluid while in the womb.
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