Fetal Development

8 Months

During the eighth month, the baby's overall growth is rapid.  Tremendous brain growth continues as it forms its different regions.  The brain and nerves are directing bodily functions.  The kidneys are mature.  The skin is less wrinkled.

The baby can hiccup, cry and taste.  In boys, the testicles have dropped from his abdomen.  The baby is too big to move around much but can kick strong enough to be seen from the outside.  At the end of this month, the baby will be about 16-18 inches long and weigh approximately 4 pounds.

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