32 weeks pregnant – Your pregnancy guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 32

You baby this week – Week 32

In the 32nd week of pregnancy, your baby is now the size of a coconut, weighs about 1.7 kgs and measures about 17 inches (42 cms).

Your baby is practicing to breathe air and exercise their lungs by inhaling the amniotic fluid. Some babies have a full head of hair and some have really fine hair. Thick hair at birth doesn’t mean thick hair later, but thin hair at birth definitely means thinner hair in adulthood.

With all the fat depositing under your baby’s skin, your baby is on the way to look like a newborn, and is now getting ready to make its appearance in the outer world. To start with, your baby has started moving to the head down position and is now settling there. Because of the lack of space, you can expect some light tapping and squirming instead of the full on rock and roll.

However, if your baby is not yet in the heads down position, don’t worry. Fewer than 5% of babies prefer the bottom down position or Breech. There is still a chance that your baby will flip to the heads down position closer to the due date. And even if it does not, it will not hurt your chances of having a normal delivery – if that’s what is worrying you.

Your baby is also learning a new skill now – sleeping. Chances are that the lack of movement in your bump is because your baby is asleep with sleep cycles as long as 20 to 40 minutes. Guess your baby is equally ready to come out and is getting all the rest possible to be ready for the photos on the delivery day!

 

You body this week – Week 32

32 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

As your body gets closer to the delivery date, it starts preparing for the final day by flexing its muscles – literally. You will most likely experience your uterus hardening or bunching periodically. These are Braxton Hicks contractions – irregular practice contractions that first start mid-pregnancy and then return in the third trimester in full force. These are sometimes referred to as Braxton Hicks.

Braxton-Hicks contractions are typically experienced earlier and with more intensity in women who have been pregnant before (first time moms usually don’t feel them much). How do you know it’s not real labor? The sensations stop if you try to change position (so try getting up if you are lying down or walking if you are sitting). Call your doctor if they start getting progressively intense, to avoid any instances of premature labour.

Speaking of preparing for the baby, your breasts are also probably getting larger and heavier, adding to overall pregnancy weight gain. There is also a chance that they might start leaking a yellowish liquid. Nothing to worry here – your body is just prepping for breastfeeding! This liquid is called colostrum and this is the first milk your newborn will get. Contrary to the superstition, this milk is exceptionally beneficial for your newborn as it is full of antibodies and protein. Normally, your newborn is completely equipped to digest colostrum.

With the growing baby and crowding in your tummy, you may feel your appetite is now waning. Try to eat smaller snacks instead of big meals. You may also feel a little light-headed every now and then in this time, so do carry a protein-and-carb-rich snack with you all the time such as granola bars.

 

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 32

You might have started looking at purchasing newborn baby products at this time, especially baby clothes and baby gear which you will need right away after the baby arrives. Too many options but don’t know which one to pick? Are you concerned about weight gain during pregnancy? To find useful tips, answers to your questions and more, sign up with ZenParent’s Great Beginnings. We have all the information you’ll need for your pregnancy and for newborn care, customised especially for you.

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