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Your Developing Baby in Third Trimester: Weeks 29 - 40

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At 32 weeks:

- Your baby's bones are fully formed, but still soft.

- Your baby's kicks and jabs are forceful.

- The eyes can open and close and sense changes in light.

- Lungs are not fully formed, but practice "breathing" movements occur.

- Your baby's body begins to store vital minerals, such as iron and calcium.

- Lanugo begins to fall off.

- Your baby is gaining weight quickly, about one-half pound a week. Now, your baby is about 15 to 17 inches long and weighs about 4 to 4½ pounds.

At 36 weeks:

- The protective waxy coating called vernix gets thicker.

- Body fat increases. Your baby is getting bigger and bigger and has less space to move around. Movements are less forceful, but you will feel stretches and wiggles.

- Your baby is about 16 to 19 inches long and weighs about 6 to 6½ pounds.

Weeks 37-40:

- By the end of 37 weeks, your baby is considered full term. Your baby's organs are ready to function on their own.

- As you near your due date, your baby may turn into a head-down position for birth. Most babies "present" head down.

- At birth, your baby may weigh somewhere between 6 pounds 2 ounces and 9 pounds 2 ounces and be 19 to 21 inches long. Most full-term babies fall within these ranges. But healthy babies come in many different sizes.

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