How is my baby growing and developing during week 9?

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By week 9 of pregnancy, most of your baby's basic physical characteristics are already formed, though they'll continue to develop throughout the rest of pregnancy. At this point, your baby's nose, nostrils, and mouth are pretty distinct, and outer ears are now identifiable. Your baby's eyelids are now fused closed until around week 27. Internally, your baby's heart has four separate chambers, and most organs are now functioning. Your baby's genitals are also forming but you won't be able to tell whether it's male or female for another few weeks.

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