At thirty-two weeks pregnant, your baby is putting on weight. You might be feeling forgetful and it’s time to start planning the practical elements of giving birth. Find out more about what your baby and body is doing and the common symptoms to look out for at 32 weeks pregnant.
How big is my baby at 32 weeks?
Remember when your baby was the size of a tiny lime? Things have definitely changed now, as the big day approaches: she’s now the size of a pineapple. She weighs between three and a half and four pounds, and measures between 15 and 17 inches. It’s nearly time for her to make her big appearance!
What’s my baby doing at 32 weeks?
In the last few weeks of your baby’s time in your tummy, it’s all about practising for life outside of the womb. They are practising those all-important skills they will need as a baby, from breathing and sucking to swallowing and kicking.
Your baby’s more beautiful than ever, with the fat accumulating under her skin getting rid of that once-transparent look: they are now fully opaque. The digestive system is also ready to go in preparation for breastfeeding in just a few weeks’ time. They have fully fledged toenails, fingernails and hair: gorgeous!
Thanks to your baby’s growth, they are probably feeling a bit cramped in there now. That’s why you might feel a bit less dancing in there and a bit more tapping and squirming. Don’t worry though, your baby is still super-cosy, and has even reverted back to a curled-up position for maximum comfort. Sometime soon, they’ll also move around and get into a head-first position ready for the birth.
8 common symptoms to look out for at 32 weeks pregnant:
What is my body doing at 32 weeks?
At this point, you’ll be gaining about a pound a week, half of which will go straight to your baby. She will gain between a third and half of her birth weight during the next seven weeks as she prepares for survival outside the womb.
What to do this week:
The big day is getting closer and closer, so why not take the chance now to run through everything regarding your delivery with your other half? Map out two different travel routes to the hospital and practice to make sure you know how long they take. If you’re not having a home birth, check to see if your antenatal class will give you a tour of the hospital.
If not, then make sure you organise this yourself – and familiarise yourself with the admission procedures you will have to go through when your labour commences. The more prepped you are, the more confident you’ll feel once those contractions begin.
Your week 32 FAQ's answered:
How long is 32 weeks pregnant in months?
Working out how many weeks and months pregnant you are can be tricky. That said, at 32 weeks pregnant, you are roughly 8 months pregnant.
How big is my baby in terms of fruit and veg at 32 weeks pregnant?
Congratulations! This week your baby is the size of a pineapple. Follow your baby's progress in terms of fruit and vegetables here!
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