Week

Lanugo, the layer of soft, downy hair that has grown on your baby's skin for the past few months, is starting to fall off this week. Your baby will probably lose most of his or her lanugo over the next few weeks. Right after your baby's birth, you may see some remnants of it on his or her shoulders or back.

You may notice a change in your baby's movements this week, now that he or she has grown to the point of being crowded inside your uterus. Although your baby is probably moving around just as much, kicks and other movements may seem less forceful.

You may want to check on your baby's movements from time to time, especially if you think you've noticed decreased activity. To do this, lie on your left side for 30 to 60 minutes and keep a tally of how often you feel your baby move. Your baby's kicks or movements may seem a little muffled, given the space constraints inside your uterus. If you notice fewer than 10 movements in two hours, contact your health care provider. A sudden decrease in movement could signal a problem.

By 32 weeks, your baby weighs about 4 pounds and is almost 11/2 inches long, crown to rump. Although no one would welcome the early arrival of your baby, it's comforting to know that almost all babies born at this age will survive and have a normal life.

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