Welcome to Week 32
Your Baby: Nearing the Finish Line
By the eighth month, your baby is becoming her own little person. The baby weighs around 4 pounds (1,800 g) and measures about 16 to 18 inches long (40 to 45 cm). She is almost ready to make an appearance. The baby has red, wrinkled skin but would likely survive easily outside the uterus at this point in time. The baby will still continue to grow inside your uterus with every body part still maturing.
Your Body: Tips and Tricks to Get Through the Workday
It's a toss up as to what wears on you more - being pregnant or working 9 to 5. It's no wonder that when you put the two together, you're worn out by noon and ready for bed by 7 p.m. If your bulging belly is affecting your ability to work, you may consider some of the following suggestions to help cope with your day a little better:
On a Different Note: The ABCs of Delivery
Are you anxious about labor and delivery? Are you eager to learn as much as you can about it ahead of time? If so, start by learning about different delivery positions.
With your due date fast approaching, you should start shopping around for a few infant essentials. You'll need a car seat to take your baby home from the hospital. Once home, you should have a crib or a bassinet for your baby to sleep in. Other must-haves include diapers - cloth or disposable - and some sleepers, booties or socks, hats, blankets, and some one-piece outfits. For the rest, keep your fingers crossed that your family, friends, and colleagues will shower you with gifts.
Review Date: 8/1/2017
Reviewed By: Peter J Chen, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of OBGYN at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- A.D.A.M., a business unit of Ebix, Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.