32 weeks pregnant

You’re 32 Weeks Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Another week passed by and not only are there eight weeks left, but you are now starting your eighth month of pregnancy. Don’t worry too much. You’re almost there wonder mom! Here are some things to expect now that you're 32 weeks pregnant.

 

How Big Is My Baby?

At 32 weeks, you can imagine your baby to be a length of radish or weigh like a cantaloupe. This average to about 16.7 inches long and weigh about 60 ounces. As your uterus becomes more cramped from the little one, you can feel him or her move more, and even see the tiny hands and feet against your belly.

Abbey lifting a cantaloupe against her belly
Your baby's about as heavy as a cantaloupe by now. That's pretty hefty!

My Baby’s Development

Your baby’s lungs still have several weeks before they develop completely. They also already have fully formed fingernails and toenails. Aside from their nails, they have completely developed their digestive system. Your baby will start to move into a head-down position to prepare for delivery.

More fat will also be deposited under your little one’s skin making it opaque. Similar to last week, your little one will become increasingly active this week since he or she is continuously training the necessary survival skills upon birth. These skills come in the form of sucking, swallowing and breathing.

 

What Is My Baby Doing?

During this week, your uterus becomes tighter than before. Therefore, you can feel almost all of your baby’s movements. Your baby will be moving a lot more than usual to find a comfortable spot where their head fits perfectly in the base of your uterus, causing them to be in a head-down, bottoms-up position.

 

Belly Ultrasound

Unless you have a pregnancy complication, you won’t be having an ultrasound. There is not much to worry about. However, you will need constant monitoring if you are expecting twins. If you decide on taking an ultrasound, expect your baby to be moving to an upside-down position. If not, your doctor will prescribe certain exercises to help move your baby into this position.

 

My Changing Body—Week 32

Your baby should drop into a head-down position this week. The top of your uterus will measure around 11.8 to 13.4 in from your pelvic bone or about 4.7 to 5.5 inches from above your belly button. Your uterus also continues to grow, and this builds up pressure on your diaphragms. Since your body needs to accommodate you and your baby, it will increase its blood volume. Expect to gain more pounds in the coming weeks despite not having an active appetite.

 

Common Symptoms

During this week, expect some of the following symptoms:

  • More Braxton Hicks Contractions - You will probably be experiencing more of this since you are getting closer to delivery. However, don’t worry too much since they go away immediately. Drinking water, changing positions, or stretching may help. But if you’re still experiencing it frequently, check in with your doctor as this may be a sign of preterm labour especially if you’re expecting twins.
  • Heartburn - The pressure built around your diaphragm may be responsible for this. You can take pain relief medicine if you need to.
  • Fatigue: Try not to tire yourself since a lack of breath will undoubtedly cause you fatigue.
  • Leaky Boobs and Darker Nipples: Having leaky boobs is a sign that your body is developing colostrum which your baby will be feeding on during the first two weeks after delivery. A darker nipple makes it easier for your baby to know where to get food since their colour perception will not be fully developed after birth.

How Is My Life Changing

At 32 weeks, you should start your maternity leave. It is the start of a crucial period as you come closer to delivery. You will need to focus on your diet and taking care of yourself since your baby will be developing more quickly.

Don't be disappointed if you become less active as compared to before. You will start to go out less and may want the help of your partner or relatives for everyday activities. It’s perfectly normal to ask for help since you are forming a little human inside you. That is not an easy job.

This week is the best time to go and pamper yourself. Try watching movies, or eat a meal you’ve been craving.

 

Week 32 Mommy Checklist

For this week, try to accomplish these tasks:

  • Learn the early signs of labour.
  • Rest well by not trying to exhaust yourself with daily chores.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and proper hygiene.
  • Contact your health insurance company.
  • You should schedule your 34-week prenatal visit.

Tips For The Partners

As for the partners, here are some things you can help prepare:

  • There is a chance for your partner to go into premature labour, prepare yourself for this.
  • Your partner may be having difficulties with everyday activities, make sure to assist her as much as possible.
  • Consider your priorities. Delivery is getting closer. Will you have the time to be there?

A Sneak Peek To Your Week 33

Here are some things to expect next week:

  • Your baby is going to gain more weight quickly.
  • Your little one will become more aware of night and day.

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