Your Pregnancy Week 32

Your baby is preparing hard to be able to face the world outside by honing its breathing, sucking, swallowing and kicking skills!

What is happening at Week 32?

By the time you reach week 32, your baby should be around 4 pounds in weight and should be measuring about 19 inches from head to toe. Fat layers have been forming under its skin since a few weeks now, giving it a more rounded and human look. Also, due to the fat accumulation, its skin is becoming opaque from being completely transparent.

With its size increasing, your baby would start feeling a bit squeezed in inside your uterus and thus you might feel it kicking and punching you hard when you lie down. At this point of time, your baby should have settled in the head down position in preparation for birth. However, there are a few babies that don’t turn and stay in the breech position (head up) till quite late and turn just some time before the due date.

Talking about due date, it is quite possible that you observe some kind of cramps these days that could be mistaken for labor pains. However, these pains are called Braxton Hicks Contractions; also known as practice contractions. The difference between labor pains and Braxton Hicks contractions is that while the former are more regular in their occurrence, the latter are not and these stop when one changes the position in which one is seated or is lying down.

Symptoms at Week 32:

With the advent of the third trimester, there are a few symptoms that might emerge again:

  • If you had thought that once the first trimester was over, you would be able to digest food easily, sadly enough, you were mistaken as yet again, you need to shift to small, six-seven meals per day to relieve your hunger pangs and avoid bloating and flatulence.

  • Due to the pressure on your blood flow or even due to the lowering down of your blood sugar levels, you might feel dizzy or fainted. In order to avoid such situations, keep some snack, rich in proteins and carbohydrates handy so that you can have it when you start feeling low or dizzy.

  • Your enlarged breasts are swollen with milk (colostrum) now and this milk could at times leak. The leakage could at times look bad or even embarrassing when you are out. Hence, wearing a padded bra or using nursing pads could help one cope up with this pregnancy symptom.

A Tip for this Week:

Since there is quite less time to go now, it is important that you start planning for the D-day. Make sure that you call someone from the family to take care of you and also prepare the home to welcome a new, little guest into the family.