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Monday, September 28, 2009

32 weeks.

Just FYI- Tomorrow morning is my appt. with the neurologist regarding delivery. Due to being diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation and Papilledema as a teenager, there were concerns regarding a vaginal delivery, due to the increased inter-cranial pressure during delivery. I've been crossing my fingers this entire pregnancy for an o-k on a vaginal birth and definitely have my heart set on it. Obviously I'll do whatever it takes to get my little one here safely, but we'll find out tomorrow what the neurologist has to say. Because I've felt great and had very little problems for several years, I am certainly hoping for an expecting the best! I'll keep you posted!

Now... here's what the lil' guy is up to this week!!
By week 32, your baby weighs nearly 4 pounds! The crown-to-rump length of your baby is approximately 11.7 inches and the total length is about 18.9 inches. Your uterus is now 5 inches above your bellybutton. Some doctors do not see their patients every other week until now. So, if you were going to the doctor monthly, you may begin going once every other week now.

The baby sleeps 90-95% of the day, and sometimes experiences REM sleep, an indication of dreaming.

Now that your baby has grown so long and your uterus is higher, you might notice a new discomfort. Your baby is probably head-down and may occasionally stretch out and kick you in the ribs. The pressure on your rib cage can make you sore, especially if one of your baby's feet becomes caught. You can prevent this by sitting up straight as much as possible. Because your baby's demands for vitamins and minerals are higher than ever right now, you should continue to take your parental vitamins for the entire pregnancy.

This week your baby's movements will peak. You should continue to monitor the fetal movements daily and address any concerns with your caregiver. The wrinkles in your 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. As a preparation for breastfeeding, your baby has learned to root for the breast. 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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