At 32 weeks your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and measures about 16.7 inches long. At this point you’re gaining about a pound a week and half of that is going directly to your baby. During the next seven weeks your baby is going to gain about a third to half of her birth weight as she fattens herself up for life outside of the womb. Your baby’s appearance changes dramatically this week. Her skin becomes soft and smooth as most of her wrinkles disappear. She now has real hair, toenails and fingernails.
Since you got pregnant your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent to accommodate you and your growing baby. Because your uterus is pushing up near your diaphragm crowding your stomach you may be experiencing shortness of breath and heartburn. Try eating smaller meals more often and sleeping propped up on several pillows.
You may gain about 3 to 4 pounds this month. Don’t be alarmed, It’s very normal because your baby needs much more nourishment for her final growth spurt. Because your skin is stretching the nerve fibers in it stretch too and as a result you may feel numb or sensitive on your upper abdomen or rib cage. This sensation will go away as soon as your baby arrives.
In response to the question, “Is it safe to eat canned foods while I’m pregnant?? ” – Stella R. from California
According to a new study, 92 percent of food from metal cans is contaminated with an estrogen-like chemical called BPA, or bisphenol A. The National Toxicology Program said that BPA does have an affect on the brain, behavior and the prostrate gland in children before and after birth. Researchers have found that BPA varies dramatically even between cans of the same product. The report calls upon congress to ban BPA in food and drink containers. Some companies already sell their products in BPA free containers. When purchasing your canned goods be aware and look for cans that are BPA free.
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