Month 7 (25 to 28 weeks)

  • Eyes are completely formed now…lids open and close, eyes look around.
  • Brain can coordinate rhythmic breathing and regulate body temperature.
  • Baby continues to gain weight; skin becomes less wrinkled, more pink and smooth.
  • Baby has fully developed 4 senses – vision, hearing, taste and touch – and can cough.
  • Hands can grip even more strongly now than after birth.
  • Hair on head is growing longer and the downy covering (lanugo) on the rest of body is disappearing.

Week 25

  • A second surge of nerve cell production begins now.

Week 26

  • Sense of smell is functioning and eyes produce tears.
  • Baby weighs more than 2½ pounds and measures about 15 inches from head to heel.

Week 27

  • Pupils of the eyes react to light.
  • Baby weighs about 3¼ pounds and measures about 16 inches from head to heel.
  • With intensive care, a baby born at this stage is capable of breathing air.

Month 8 (29 to 32 weeks)

If baby is born at the beginning of this month, chance of survival increases to 90%.

  • Legs are drawn to the chest because there is no longer room to straighten out.
  • Sometime in the next two to four weeks, baby shifts into a head down position, preparing for birth.
  • Fingernails reach the fingertips and toenails are close behind.

Week 29

  • Baby fat fills out and smoothes skin, skin thickens and provides insulation and nourishment after birth.

Week 30

  • Breathing movements occur up to 40 percent of the time.
  • Baby weighs about 4 pounds and measures about 17 inches from head to heel.

Week 32

  • True alveoli, or “air pocket” cells, develop in the lungs. Lungs are capable of transitioning to breathing air.
  • Baby weighs about 5 pounds and measures about 18 inches from head to heel.

Month 9 (33 to 38 weeks)

Week 34

  • Baby weighs about 5¾ pounds and measures about 18½ inches from head to heel.

Week 36

  • Baby weighs about 6¾ pounds and measures about 19 inches from head to heel.

Week 38

  • At term, the umbilical cord is typically 20 to 24 inches long.
  • Antibodies from mom build up to provide baby with immunity to a wide variety of diseases.
  • Baby absorbs a gallon of amniotic fluid per day and the fluid is completely replaced every three hours.
  • Baby’s heart will be pumping about 250 gallons of blood a day.
  • Baby is fully capable of life outside the womb.
  • Baby releases the hormones to initiate labor and birth occurs and average of 264-294 days after conception…ideally around 38 weeks (40 LMP), leading to childbirth. (Be patient! Only 4 percent of babies are born on their due date!)
  • At full-term birth, newborn babies typically weigh between 6 and 9 pounds and measure between 18 and 21 inches from head to heel. After birth, baby will continue the process of human growth for many years to come.

In spite of the partial birth abortion ban (which only outlawed one type of surgical procedure used in late term abortions), most people do not know babies can still be legally aborted right up to their birthday.  Rules on this are continually changing from state to state.  Noted utilitarian bioethicists are now advocating that “after-birth abortion” (infanticide) should be legal for babies and toddlers up to 2 years of age.