Sunday, April 1, 2012

Outdoor Fun

So we are doing well and will be 32 weeks this week Wednesday the 4th of April.

In week 32, our baby weighs nearly 4 pounds! The crown-to-rump length of her body is approximately 11.7 inches and the total length is about 18.9 inches. Kristen's uterus is now 5 inches above her bellybutton. Some doctors do not see their patients every other week until now. That is the case with us as well.  We are now seeing our Doctor every other week.  This somehow makes the time go by faster. 

Sleeping baby girl.... the baby sleeps 90-95% of the day, and sometimes experiences REM sleep, an indication of dreaming. All that being said, the baby is almost always moving according to Kristen... Very Active!

Now that our baby has grown so long and Kristens uterus is higher, sometime Kristen  might notice a few new discomforts. Our baby is probably head-down and may occasionally stretch out and kick Kristen in the ribs. The pressure on Kristen's rib cage can make her sore, especially if one of the baby's feet becomes caught. We can prevent this by sitting up straight as much as possible. When i say we can prevent this i mean Kristen can prevent this by sitting up straight.  Because our baby's demands for vitamins and minerals are higher than ever right now, Kristen will continue to take her parental vitamins for the entire pregnancy.

This week our baby's movements will peak. We will continue to monitor the fetal movements daily and address any concerns with our caregiver. The wrinkles in the baby's face are disappearing and fat is still being deposited throughout the baby's body.

The body growth slows down from now on.

Because of the lack of space in the uterus, the legs are drawn up in what is known as the fetal position.
The baby will turn its head if touched on the cheek and open its mouth if the bottom lip is tickled. By this time the baby can also suck and swallow in a coordinated way.

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