The 9-Month Journey

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By now, a complete set of miniature internal organs has formed and begun functioning, making the unborn baby a fetus. If you could peer into the womb, you would see its tiny organs through the almost transparent skin. The umbilical cord, which carries food to and waste from the fetus, is thick and strong.

Some of the intestines will grow within the cord for now because the fetus's stomach is too small to hold them all. (They'll move into the body next month.) Muscles and soft, rubbery bones are growing to support the organs. On the fetus's head, tiny buds for ears appear and eyelids form and close over the eyes.

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