In the later stages of gestation, fetal functions undergo
increasing change and development, preparing the fetus for the
transition to its postnatal environment. Rapid maturation is
witnessed in breathing, swallowing, sensory functions, sleep, and
many other processes, with corresponding behavioral changes. By 35
to 40 weeks of gestation, fetuses are capable of living ex utero
without support, but it is increasingly appreciated that even
infants born... more...