null Pregnancy Week by Week | Weeks 29-32
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Weeks 29-32

Baby's Growth & Development

  • Baby gains one and one-half times its weight in the third trimester; weighs about 3 pounds.
  • About 17 inches long.
  • Fine, soft hair on the baby's body starts to go away, mainly from the face.
  • Skin is still covered by a white creamy coating to protect baby.

Fetal Movement

  • For a few weeks now, baby has been able to twist, turn, stretch, roll, and kick.
  • Baby may stay in the same position, and may be active at the same times each day.
  • You will start to notice patterns of activity and sleep, each baby will have its own pattern of movements.
  • Baby may have a certain time when they are very active, often this is your bedtime. You may feel a series of jerks or jolts, this may be the baby's hiccups.
  • You will feel more turns and twists with less kicks and jabs.
  • Movement should be felt each day and changes as baby gets into position to be born.
  • Baby will sleep 20 to 45 minutes at a time; this is when they are quiet.
  • Baby may suck their thumb.
  • Since an active baby is a sign of health, your provider will ask about this at each visit.

How to monitor fetal movements

  • Empty your bladder.
  • Lie down on your left side in a quiet place with few distractions (television, phone, kids).
  • Pay attention to your baby's kicks and movements. Count each move you feel for 1 hour.
  • If you feel tightness, place your hands on your abdomen to check for a contraction.
     - Is it firm all over?
     - Does it feel firm for 60 seconds or more?
     - If you have 4 or more contractions per hour, you could be starting preterm labor.
  • If your baby has not moved 10 times at the end of 1 hour, or has not moved at all, you need to call the office (515) 574-6870 and say that you have decreased fetal movement.


  • Pregnancy causes fluid to build up in your body.
  • Your feet, ankles, hands and finger may swell.
  • This is most common at the end of the day.
  • Much of the swelling should go away after a good night's sleep.

To help with swelling

  • Don't stand in place for long amounts of time.
  • Avoid foods that are high in salt (foods like potato chips).
  • Walk and flex muscles in your lower legs.
  • Prop up your feet when you can.
  • Try to sleep with your feet slightly higher than your heart. Place pillows under your legs.
  • Wear support socks and good, supportive shoes. Make sure stockings and shoes are not too tight.
  • If your fingers are puffy, remove your rings before they get too tight.
  • Lying on your left side will help move extra fluid.
  • Let your provider know if:
     - you have a sudden increase in swelling
     - your face becomes very puffy
     - swelling does not get better after a night's rest

Stress and Nervous Feelings

  • It is common to have feel stress and nervous when you are pregnant. This is true for most women, no matter how much they have planned and wanted to be pregnant.
  • Your body is making many changes you must adjust to.
  • People in your life also feel stress
     - Your partner may be worried about you, the baby and about being a parent.
     - Your parents may feel concern as well.
     - Your older children may be nervous about what a new baby will do to their bond with you.

Talking with your health care provider about your worries and fears can be helpful.

What to expect next during weeks 32-36:

  • Choosing a doctor for Your Baby
  • Well Baby Care
  • Diet and Digestion
  • Problems with Sleeping
  • Feel Faint? Sit Down
  • Leaking Urine
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Baby's Activity and Position
  • Pelvic Pressure and Pain
  • Heartburn
  • Back Pain
  • Sex/Making Love