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A Picture Guide to Childbirth


Updated March 07, 2013

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Preparing for Childbirth
Preparing for Childbirth

The baby is nestled and ready for labor to start on its own.

Photo © A.D.A.M.
The ninth month of pregnancy is all about preparing for childbirth. After the entire pregnancy, you're nearly there!



  • Your baby's brain is growing a lot at the end of pregnancy.
  • Deposits of brown fat, which will keep your baby warm after birth, are being made.
  • Your baby's lungs are also developing.

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