Intestinal lining contains all adult cell types. The ability to taste is present. Additional fat deposits decrease wrinkles. Tear production begins. The ability to smell has arrived. The brain weight increases 400-500%.
Breathing motions are common, even though there is no air in the womb. Memory starts with preference to music. Prenatal food affects newborn taste.
Rapid weight gain. Firm hand grasp is noticed. Amniotic fluid volume peaks.
Fetus drinks an estimated 15oz of amniotic fluid per day. Major circulatory changes. Spinal cord ends at third lumbar vertebrae. Fetus initiates labor by releasing large amounts of estrogen, creating powerful contractions of the uterus that result in childbirth.
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