Approximately 32 To 35 Weeks

Dec 15, 2010 2 Comments by

Your Baby This Month

Week 32. This week your baby is tipping the scales at almost 4 pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. And growing isn’t the only thing on the agenda these days. While you’re busy getting everything ready for baby’s arrival, baby’s busy prepping for that big debut, too.

In these last few weeks, it’s all about practice, practice, practice, as he or she hones the skills needed to survive outside the womb, from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, your little one has been able to suck his or her thumb for a while now.

Another change this week : Your baby’s skin is no longer see-through. As more and more fat accumulates under the skin, it’s finally opaque (just like yours!).

Week 33. Baby’s gaining weigh almost as fast as you are these days (averaging out to about half a pound a week), which puts the grand total so far at more than four and a half pounds. Still, your baby has plenty of growing up (and out) to do.

He or she may grow a full inch this week alone and may come close to doubling in weight by D-day. And with that much baby inside your uterus now, your amniotic fluid level has maxed out (there’s no room for more fluid now). Which explains why those pokes and kicks are sometimes extremely uncomfortable : There’s less fluid to cushion the blows.

Antibodies are  also being passed from you to your baby as your little one continues to develop his or her own immune system. These antibodies will definitely come in handy on the outside and will protect your baby-to-be from many of those playground germs.

Week 34. Your baby could be as tall as 20 inches right now and weighs about 5 pounds. Got male (a male baby, that is)? If you do, then his is the week that his testicles are making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination : his scrotum. (About 3 to 4 percent of boys are born with undescended testicles, which is nothing to worry about; they usually make the trip down south before the first birthday).

And in other baby-related news, those tiny little fingernails have probably reached the tip of his or her fingers by this week, so make sure you have baby nail clippers on your shopping list!

Week 35. Your baby stands tall this week – if he or she could stand, that is – at about 20 inches, a continues to follow the half-pound-a-week plan, weighing in at about five and a half big ones. While growth will taper off when it comes to height (the average full-termer is born at about 20 inches), your baby will continue to pack on the pounds up until the delivery day.

Something else he or she will be packing on in the few weeks that remain are brain cells. Brain development continues a a mind-boggling pace, making baby a little on the top-heavy side. And speaking of tops, it’s likely your baby ‘s bottom is.

Most babies have settled into a head-down, bottoms-up position in Mom’s pelvis by now, or will soon. That’s a good thing, since it’s easier on you if baby’s head (the biggest part of his or her body) exits first during delivery.

Here’s another plus : Baby’s head may be big, but it’s still soft (at least, the skull is), allowing that tight squeeze through the birth canal to be a little less tight.

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