The 9-Month Journey

8 & 9 Months

The fetus is getting ready for his big coming-out party. He gains more than half his birth weight in the last seven weeks. The right and left parts of his brain begin working together, and the nervous system and the lungs are maturing. Plus, a boost to the fetus's immune system comes from your antibodies, which are passed through the placenta. Near the end of the month, most babies assume the position for delivery: head down, facing your back. Make way!

Originally published in American Baby magazine, November 2004.

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