|Above: an unborn baby at 8 months (32 weeks).
Graphic via the Endowment for Human Development
[This is part 33 of a multi-part series chronicling a pregnancy through the lens of “Baby Chris.” Click here for other parts.]
32 weeks after fertilization (34 weeks LMP), Baby Chris is 17 ¾ inches long and weighs 4 ¾ pounds—about the size of a cantaloupe.
Lung development is particularly important this week. According to the Endowment for Human Development: “Starting at 32 weeks, true alveoli (al-ve’o-li), or air “pocket” cells, begin forming from alveolar ducts. Development of alveoli continues through birth and until about 8 years of age.”
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