Topic Overview

Around this time, some women start to notice times when their belly tightens and becomes firm to the touch and then relaxes. These are called Braxton Hicks contractions. Think of them like “warm-up” exercises for your uterus.

At this point, your baby is getting ready to do a very important thing it will need to do in the outside world: breathe.

Wondering what your baby looks like now? As you enter your ninth month of pregnancy, your baby is about the size of an acorn squash. Average baby length is 280 mm (11 in.). And average baby weight is 1700 g (3.7 lb).

How your baby is changing

Here are some of the important facts and developments around 32 weeks.

  • The fetus is putting on a lot of weight this
    month.
  • At this size, a fetus is still small enough to change
    position a lot-from head-down to feet-down, or even sideways. You will notice
    more movement or less movement at certain times of the day and
    night.
  • By 32 weeks of pregnancy, light can dilate the pupils in the
    eyes.
  • The lungs and central nervous system are working well enough
    that a baby born this month can breathe and keep fairly warm with medical
    support. With every additional week, the chances of healthy survival get
    better.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer William Gilbert, MD – Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017