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January 26, 2011

Your pregnancy: 32 weeks

How your baby's growing:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

This Week's Activity:

Start lining up helpers. Your friends and family will want to pitch in after your baby's born, but many new moms are too overwhelmed to direct household help. How to prepare now:
  • If anyone offers to help during the newborn weeks, write down their name and number.
  • Select one friend to set up a schedule so that all the friends who wish to help are given a date on which they can bring you a meal.
  • Create a master grocery list so you can hand it off to a friend.
  • Create a childcare or ride schedule for older children.
  • Line up a friend or neighbor to take out your garbage, walk your dog or feed your pets.
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