Pregnancy Week 32 / Third Trimester

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Week 32

What happens to you?

As you begin to have more and more Braxton-Hicks contractions you may begin to wonder more about labor and what it will be like.  You aren't alone in having these thoughts.  Most women are very concerned about the pain of labor.

About 10% of women will say that labor is extremely painful, while 10% of the women feel that they experienced little to no pain.  The other 80% will experience something between these two groups.  Women who have taken childbirth classes tend to report less painful experiences and have fewer complications than women who have not taken classes.

What happens to the baby?

Your baby's movements will peak this week.  From now on they will change in quantity and quality.  Most of the wrinkles may be disappearing from the baby's face, and there may be a lot of hair on the head.  The weight gain has been substantial recently.  Since last month the baby has put on about 2 pounds of weight, mostly fat and muscle tissue, and now weighs about 3 pounds 11 ounces (1.7 kilograms), and measures 40 cm or 15.8 inches in length.

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