During this week, your future baby will unnoticeably make itself comfortable, getting ready to enjoy the convenience of mom’s womb during the next 9 months. In order to develop well, it needs you and the warm place that your body can offer. The baby will get food and oxygen through your body and will return the processed substances resulting from this exchange.
Before it becomes deeply emotional, the link between you and the person growing inside you is first of all physiological. It is implemented through a complex system called embryonic adjuncts. These are the placenta and the umbilical cord. The placenta will play a crucial role in the blood exchange between you and your baby, and it goes through several stages before growing into a separate organ. Even though you might think of them as a part that integrally connects you with your child, the umbilical cord and the placenta are actually temporary adjuncts that will leave your body after the birth.