Pregnancy and Fetal Development

Picture of Third Trimester (32 Weeks)

Picture of Third Trimester (32 Weeks)
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Third Trimester: The Baby at 32 Weeks
  • Your baby's bones are fully formed, but still soft.
  • Your baby's kicks and jabs are forceful.
  • The eyes can open and close and sense changes in light.
  • Lungs are not fully formed, but practice "breathing" movements occur.
  • Your baby's body begins to store vital minerals, such as iron and calcium.
  • Lanugo begins to fall off.
  • Your baby is gaining weight quickly, about ½ pound a week. Now, your baby is about 15 to 17 inches long and weighs about 4 to 4½ pounds.
    Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on August 21, 2009

    Image Source: Petit Format / Photo Researchers, Inc.

    Text: Womenshealth.gov - Healthy Pregnancy: Stages of Pregnancy

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