The tender skin is now covered by a waxy substance called "vernix" and the baby continues to practice breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid in preparation for the big day when she takes her first breath of air.
Her eyes begin to part and open occasionally for short periods of time. Hiccups are not uncommon. The baby learns constantly.
After birth it prefers the mother's voice because she has been listening to mom filtered through the amniotic fluid. From 26 weeks, babies exhibit a whole range of typical baby behavior and moods, including scratching, smiling, crying, hiccuping, and sucking.
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The baby in the fetal stage constantly learns. After birth the baby prefers the mother's voice because she has been listening to mom filtered through the amniotic fluid -- well okay...she sounded a bit like a fuzzy guitar :-)