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Pregnancy Calendar :: 32 Weeks Pregnant
At 32 weeks pregnant, your pregnancy calendar will show that you've now entered your eighth month. Not long to go now. However, both you and your baby are continuing to change and grow as you move ever nearer to your expected date of delivery. Before much longer, your baby will be in your arms and all the highs and lows of pregnancy will be in the past. But what’s happening to you and your baby this week?
At 32 weeks pregnant, you’ve now got most of your pregnancy out of the way and you’re starting the home run. It’s a good time to really start focusing on your birth plan and making sure that all your needs and wants are planned for.
It’s amazing how much can get forgotten if your labour and birth are speedy so do make sure that you’ve crossed all the T’s and dotted all the I’s. In the event that you become a bit bewildered during the birthing process, it’s good to know that someone involved in the process knows and understands exactly what you want – or not. You may well notice more twinges, aches and pains by now - if not, and you start experiencing them, it’s pretty normal.
Sometimes your baby is the cause – a sudden movement, even a small one, can result in you feeling a pinch on occasion. Some women also start suffering from constipation in the last month or two. In order to either prevent it or alleviate it, drink more water and try to consume more fibre. I know the thought of more water in itself will probably send you dashing off to the bathroom but it really does help with constipation. If you are suffering with it a bit more than you feel you can cope with, it’s something for you to discuss with your doctor or health visitor.
32 Weeks Pregnant Belly
32 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
You may opt for or be expected to have a 32 weeks pregnant ultrasound. If so - take advantage! Modern technology has come on in leaps and bounds and you can now have a 3d ultrasound.
This method provides far more detail and parents are amazed at the pictures. Generally, you will receive a growth and well-being ultrasound but if you can afford it and opt for the 3d, your baby will be far enough developed for you to get a really good look at him - or her!
32 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain
Unfortunately, 32 weeks pregnant weight gain may be affecting you. You’ll feel ever more cumbersome and more and more tired over the weeks leading up to your babies’ arrival.
The same can be said for heartburn. At 32 weeks pregnant, most women will experience it to some degree – and there are many remedies available, both natural and over the counter. Check that you’re fine to use tummy settling antacids, though most will find that it’s not a problem. A good way to try and combat both constipation and heartburn in pregnancy is to eat little and often. Avoid hot, spicy foods – and hot drinks. Try not to eat too many starchy, stodgy foods.
Try and incorporate (if you haven’t already) plenty of fruit, fibre and vegetables into your diet. Eat white meat and fish rather than red meat. Drink plenty of fluids (water is the best) during your waking hours. Remain active, as much as you can without overdoing it – a gentle walk for example. Further – try to relax! It may sound silly to others but it’s perfectly natural to start feeling anxious about the impending birth.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first pregnancy or a subsequent one. As the saying goes ‘with your first, you don’t know enough … with your second, you know too much’!.Feeling nervous by your 32 weeks pregnant stage (if not before) is fine but it can actually unsettle you enough to aid and abet symptoms of heartburn and/or constipation.
Try and keep your mind occupied, focus on the positives, talk to those around you, share your fears or even your joys. It will all be over soon and you really will forget the aches, pains, niggling issues and the myriad of other experiences (good or bad) that go hand in hand with the pregnancy process.
32 Weeks Gestation
32 Weeks Fetal Development
At 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is now around 4 pounds or more in weight. He will be roughly 15/16 inches in length and his body will be entering the final stages of its development. His lungs are still developing but almost all his other organs are fully developed. His toe and fingernails are now present and he can open and close his eyes.
His weight will still increase between now and the end of his gestation but it will slow down. As the next few weeks pass, he will begin to move less and less, simply due to a lack of space – though he’ll still catch you off guard from time to time. You may even find that your baby ‘engages’ i.e. presents head down, with his head nestling into your pelvic region.
32 Weeks Pregnant - In General
As you’re almost at the end of your pregnancy, being 32 weeks pregnant does bring its positives. Although you’ll probably be feeling as though you’ve been pregnant ‘forever’, you really are approaching the latter stages.
Your emotions are probably up and down, and you’ll no doubt have days where you feel pretty good and days when you feel so tired you can barely raise yourself from your bed.
Be assured – it never seems so bad once you look back. Its why many of us go and do it all over again!