Your baby's brain explained | 'Built from the bottom up': foetus to newborn

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The incredible journey a child's brain makes from their time in the womb up to the first month after birth. (Getty Images)
The incredible journey a child's brain makes from their time in the womb up to the first month after birth. (Getty Images)

By the end of the first trimester of pregnancy, babies are typically no bigger than a plum. And yet, it's around this time that crucial brain development takes place. 

"The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Through an intricate process, embryonic cells transform into more than one million new neural connections per second and connect to form the functional systems responsible for our children's remarkable personalities and thinking abilities," the University of Witwatersrand's Sara Naicker and Rhodes University Lecturer Sizwe Zondo told Parent24

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