This week, your baby is as big as a squash.
The space in the uterus is getting tighter for your growing baby. Movements like kicking may be more noticeable when they happen but the frequency may be reduced.
The baby is practically fully developed and is ready to come out of the womb very soon.
The weight of your fetal baby has increased to about 1.8 kg, and the basic development has been completed!
The lanugo which is the soft, fine hair wrapped around your baby continues to fall off, your baby's skin begins to thicken, more subcutaneous fat grows, and the whole body becomes more round.
Your baby's bones are getting harder and more calcified.
Your baby occupies almost all the space in the uterus so kicking and other movements may be reduced.
Mild swelling in the mother's hands, face, legs, ankles or feet can occur as a result of excess fluid.
The weight of the belly plus the weight of the uterus may press on some nerves too which can increase the pain in the lower back.
At 32 weeks, the obstetrician may suggest that you change from a monthly checkup to a fortnightly checkup, and pay close attention to whether you have signs of inflammation, premature labor or pregnancy toxemia.
As the baby continues to grow, the mother has increased pressure in her abdomen, may need to deal with heartburn more often, and is more likely to feel a little out of breath .
You are advised to undergo antenatal check-ups every 2 weeks. Obstetricians will monitor the condition of the mother and fetus more closely, including signs of inflammation, premature labor, or pregnancy toxemia.
In order to avoid the rushing during labour, you and your significant other can plan to visit the hospital you are delivering and learn about the arrangements from labour to postpartum admission.