32 Weeks Pregnant


You are in 32 Weeks pregnancy and from now on visit your healthcare practitioner for check-ups every two weeks. To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased by 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. Do not be too alarmed if you experience shortness of breath and heartburn, as your uterus is pushing on your stomach and diaphragm. Eat smaller meal portions and sleep propped up with pillows to help ease the discomfort.

Intensity is building in the symptoms department, since heartburn and contractions tend to get more noticeable around week 32 of pregnancy. But we’re guessing you’re so excited about baby’s impending arrival, these 32 weeks pregnant symptoms aren’t slowing you down.

  1. More Braxton Hicks contractions Those practice contractions are likely getting more frequent and stronger. This might be confused with 32 weeks pregnant cramping. There is one big difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and the real deal: These will go away. Real contractions just keep coming. Women who are 32 weeks pregnant with twins are at higher risk for preterm labor, so definitely watch for contractions that don’t let up.
  2. Darker nipples Suddenly you discover those areolas look darker. No one knows exactly why, but one theory is they darken so that baby can see them better for breastfeeding.
  3. Shortness of breath Don’t worry: baby is getting plenty of air. You’re not though, so don’t push yourself too hard.
  4. Heartburn Go ahead and pop an antacid. They are safe for most moms-to-be to take during pregnancy.
  5. Leaky boobs Your breasts are probably noticeably bigger and they may even have begun producing colostrum, which is the thick yellow fluid that baby will eat in the first few days of life. Don’t be surprised to see a little bit leaking at this point.
  6. Vaginal discharge Might seem a little gross, but the increased discharge is your body’s way of preparing for delivery; it prevents infection down there. Keep your eye out for the mucus plug … this thick, gooey (sometimes bloody) substance covers the cervix until a few days (or just hours) before labor, when your body expels it. Another thing to keep an eye on: discharge that seems more like a watery liquid. If you’re having a constant flow that’s more like water than discharge, your water might have broken, causing a slow leak. If that’s the case, call the OB and get to the hospital stat.

A 32 weeks pregnant belly should measure about 30 to 34 centimeters from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone. Sometime between now and around week 34, baby will “drop” from up near your ribs to down near your pelvis, where he or she will hang out in the head-down position until delivery. When this happens you may notice you suddenly go from carrying high to carrying low. This isn’t a guarantee though; some babies don’t drop until mom’s actually in labor.

If you’re 32 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re obviously feeling more weighed down than other 32-weeks pregnant women. And chances are, you’re also even closer to delivery, since the average twin pregnancy is considered full-term at 37 weeks.

Development of Baby

Your 32-week baby is as big as a squash. Still growing strong, baby measures about 16.7 inches (42 cm) and weighs in at about 3.8 pounds (1.73 kilograms) at 32 weeks pregnant. Expect to gain around 450 grams a week from now as your baby continues to fatten up in preparation for birth.

She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth.

Baby’s getting ready for his or her descent and … as we mentioned … is likely in the head-down position now. He or she is probably feeling even more cramped.

Advice

If you haven’t experienced back pain yet during your pregnancy and are doing so now, let your healthcare practitioner know immediately, as it could be a sign of premature labour. Don’t be alarmed if you experience a few extra aches and reduced stability at this time as these are due to hormonal changes.

You’ll probably have a 32-week pregnancy checkup, since most OBs like to see their patients about every other week at this point in pregnancy. You probably won’t have a 32 weeks pregnant ultrasound though—unless you have pregnancy complications or there’s something specific your doctor wants to check. For example, for women who are 32 weeks pregnant with twins, the doctor might want to perform extra monitoring from week 30 on.

Either way, you’re just weeks away from meeting your baby (or babies).

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