The due date is nearing, and the baby is still growing in your womb, enjoying itself with its own daily routines. But, since you are into 32 weeks of pregnancy now, there is one more development happening in your baby. Now, he/she will be able to dream.
The length of the growing baby will now be around 48 cm, and he/she will weigh nearly 4lbs. There are just a few more weeks for the baby to be born and it has grown so well that he/she has actually turned into a real person. Even their fingernails are sprouting in the womb. If you go overdue, then you may probably find that they are born with long nails.
The skin of the baby continues to take on fat, and hence their skin tends to be smooth and soft. And because of the fat gain, they are going to put on around half a pound each week. Now you will be able to notice that the skin of the baby is less transparent and instead you might find them more opaque as the fat proceeds to develop.
Now that your baby has a routine, it will take periodic rests and will wriggle and play otherwise. And they also sleep, during which they will start seeing dreams. Scientists have found that at this stage of pregnancy, the babies dream and that their dream sleep patterns are almost similar to that of the adults.
As and when the baby wakes up, they will be able to practise all the skills that are needed for the world including kicking, swallowing, sucking and breathing.
Your baby would have probably moved into the engaged position by now. However, if they haven’t, you don’t have to get tensed about it because some babies may take time. If they do not move, they’ll be breech (which affects less than 5% of births) and your healthcare provider who will be able to advise on choices for the birth.
As of now, the baby will be weighing nearly 3 3/4 pounds, which is roughly the size of a large jicama. He/she will be about 16.7 inches long and will take up a lot of space in the uterus. You’re increasing nearly one pound every week, and about half of that goes straight to your baby. The baby will increase a third to half of its birth weight during the following seven weeks as the baby fattens up for survival outside the womb. It would have now grown fingernails, toenails, and hair. The skin of the baby becomes soft and smooth as they plump up in preparation for the birth.
The cute little angel will be the size of that of a Napa cabbage. Since the taste buds of the baby are developed, they may obtain a preference for the foods you have, which she experiments when she swallows amniotic fluid.
Baby’s Length: The baby must be nearly 16.69 inches in length.
Baby’s Weight: He/she weighs about 3.75 lbs.
Hair: At this point in time, some of the babies have a full head of hair whereas the others may just have the peach fuzz.
Toenail: The fingernails and toenails of your baby have grown in.
Uterus: You may need to deal with heartburn more frequently or feeling a little short of breath since your uterus is pushing up near your diaphragm and is applying more pressure on your abdomen.
Your blood volume would have increased 40 to 50 percent after you got pregnant so as to accommodate your and your baby’s evolving requirements. You may also feel shortness of breath and heartburn mainly because your uterus is pushing up toward your diaphragm and is crowding your stomach. To aid in relieving your discomfort, you can try to sleep propped up with pillows and having smaller meals more frequently.
As and when your pregnancy advances, you will tend to have lower back pain. If you do, then you need to let your healthcare provider or perhaps your midwife know it right away, particularly if you haven’t had back pain previously. Care should be taken with all these symptoms since some of these symptoms could be the sign of a preterm labour.
Assuming it’s not preterm labour that’s ailing you, you can blame your growing uterus and the hormonal changes for your aching back. Your growing uterus deflects your centre of gravity and extends and weakens your abdominal muscles. This will thus alter your posture and put a strain on your back. Due to the hormonal changes during the pregnancy, it will loosen up the joints and the ligaments that connect your pelvic bones to the spine. This can make you seem less stable and produce pain when you walk, stand (even sit) for long periods, get out of a low chair or the tub, roll over in bed, bend, or lift things.