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Pregnancy Week 32

During week 32 of pregnancy, your baby will be about 11.6 inches long, from crown to rump, and will weigh around 4 pounds. Fetal development that is occurring during this time includes the following:
  • The layers of fat continue to be deposited beneath the skin
  • The arms and legs are fully proportioned in relation to the size of the head
  • The baby is passing water from his or her bladder
  • The hair on the head continues to grow
  • The lanugo (the hair that covers your baby's skin) continues to fall off.
Because there is less room in your womb now, your baby's movement will decrease slightly. However, if you count fewer than 10 movements in two hours, you should contact your healthcare provider right away.
Common symptoms you may experience when 32 weeks pregnant include:
You and your partner may want to discuss a birth plan during this week. A birth plan is a written list of your needs and preferences during your labor, delivery, and hospital stay.
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What to Expect When 33 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby now measures about 12 inches, from crown to rump, and weighs about 4.4 pounds. Throughout the next few weeks, your baby will gain more than half of its birth weight. By the time you are 33 weeks pregnant, your baby has probably also moved into his or her birth position. In addition:
  • Your baby is practicing breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid to exercise his or her lungs
  • Your baby has a normal waking and sleeping pattern
  • When your baby is sleeping (which is most of the time) he or she may experience the rapid eye movement (REM) stage, which is the dreaming period of sleep.
Symptoms of late pregnancy you may be experiencing during this week include:
  • Excessive tiredness (make sure to discuss the possibility of anemia with your doctor)
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Pelvic aches (from the pressure of your baby).
When you are 33 weeks pregnant, labor and delivery is only two months away. As a result, you may be wondering how you will cope with pain during childbirth. Commonly used techniques include:
  • Breathing techniques, such as those taught in a Lamaze class
  • Pain relief medications given through injection
  • Epidurals (anesthetics administered by means of a soft, thin catheter placed in your lower back).
Your doctor can discuss each of these options with you and help you make a decision that's best for you and your baby.
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