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Third trimester of pregnancy

Your baby is capable of surviving if delivered now, albeit with medical assistance, but the remaining weeks in the uterus are vitally important. All your baby's development is now focused on maturing the lungs, digestive system and brain so they can function in the outside world. As your abdomen expands hugely to accommodate your growing uterus and baby, your thoughts turn increasingly towards the birth.

 
If born during the third trimester before the 38th week, the baby might have breathing problems and difficulty keeping itself warm. However, with modern special-care facilities the baby has a good change of survival - about 80 percent at 28 weeks, and rising the closer to term (40 weeks) that it is born.

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