Third Trimester

Your 32nd Week

Your midwife will be monitoring your baby's position in the uterus.
The baby has not settled into her final birth position just yet, but an assessment of how she's lying will be made at every routine checkup. There's still room in the uterus for your baby to exercise her limbs and she's getting much stronger and more active. You'll know all about it! As your belly gets bigger, it may become more difficult to be very active and to get comfortable when you're sitting or lying down.
1. The baby's movements are mainly from side to side, and you won't know where to expect the kicks to come from.
2. The skin starts to look pinker and less translucent.
3. Creases can be seen in the skin of the wrists and the palms of the hands.
4. At 32 weeks the average crown to heel length is 15.7 in (39.9 cm) and the average weight is 2.9 lb (1.3 kg).
5. Increasing layers of fat and muscle are rounding out the baby's body, and she looks a little less skinny.
1. The baby's movements are mainly from side to side, and you won't know where to expect the kicks to come from.
6. The baby is likely to be near her maximum length now, since her bones have almost reached their full pre-birth growth.
The baby's movements are mainly from side to sideThe skin starts to look pinker and less translucent.Creases can be seen in the skin of the wrists and the palms of the hands.At 32 weeks the average crown to heel length is 15.7 inIncreasing layers of fat and muscle are rounding out the baby's bodyThe baby is likely to be near her maximum length now

Pregnancy Day by Day

By Consultant Editor, Paula Amato, MD

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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