8th-Month

Weeks 32-35

32 Weeks Pregnant

You can now see nails and hair on your baby.

Your baby now has toenails, fingernails and a hint of real hair. The skin is softer and smoother and more baby-like. You will gain a little less than half a kilogram every week now – half of this weight goes to your baby, who will gain a third to a half the birth weight in the coming seven weeks. All the fat that your baby accumulates now will go into protecting it, helping it survive after birth.

 

33 Weeks Pregnant

Not long now until you cuddle your baby.

A healthy baby growing normally should now weigh over 2 kilograms and a measure a little more than 48 centimetres. Your baby’s skin becomes smoother and the bones harden. The skull, however, remains a little soft to ensure a smooth passage through the birth canal. This becomes possible only because the individual pieces making up the skull have not fused together yet and they can slightly overlap during delivery.

 

34 Weeks Pregnant

You’ve reached a crucial milestone.

Your baby should now cross the two kilogram mark and should be almost 50 centimetres long. Fat deposits make it look chubbier and rounder. The lungs and the central nervous system are continuously maturing. A baby born after the 34th week would normally do well in life and, with proper nutritional support, can even attain catch-up growth.

 

35 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is now snugly inside you.

Your baby’s physical growth is almost complete. Although it may still kick you, it’s now snug inside your womb and probably won’t move around and somersault so much. Weighing about 2.5 kilograms and measuring around 50 centimetres, its physical growth is almost complete. Organs, such as the kidney and liver, are fully developed and can function normally. Your baby will spend the next few weeks gaining weight rapidly.

 

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