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 are 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!
8 common symptoms to look out for at 32 weeks pregnant:
1) Leaking breasts
The pregnancy glamour just never ends.
This time, it’s the turn of leaky breasts
to wreak havoc on your body.
As your breasts grow in the third trimester
, they might start to leak a yellowish fluid called colostrum, the precursor to breast milk, and the first milk your baby will taste.
Consider nursing pads
if the leaking becomes uncomfortable.
2) Back pain
All the changes in your body could lead you to experience lower back pain
If you do feel pain in your lower back, tell your midwife right away, as this can be a sign of premature labour
3) Braxton Hicks contractions
If you feel your uterus hardening, chances are these aren’t real contractions, but irregular practise contractions known as Braxton Hicks
, which can last anything from 15 seconds to two minutes.
You can tell if they’re real signs of labour by changing positions: if the contractions stop, don’t worry, it’s just Braxton Hicks.
If they get progressively stronger and more regular, call your midwife, as this is usually a sign of labour
Now that your uterus is pushing up near your diaphragm and taking up so much space in your stomach, you may experience heartburn
or shortness of breath.
Sleeping propped up on pillows or eating smaller meals might help to make you more comfortable.
You’ve no doubt experienced the pregnancy brain haze known as baby brain
, when, thanks to your lovely pregnancy hormones
, your memory’s compromised to say the least – but what about baby-induced clumsiness?
Thanks to hormonal changes loosening your joints and ligaments and your changed centre of gravity and extra weight, you might find you’re bumping into things and tripping over a lot.
So step away from those staggering stilettos and wobbly wedges: it’s sensible shoes all the way, or at least until your little one is born.
8) Darker nipples
Nobody knows exactly why this happens but before birth the areolas look darker.
This may be so your baby can see them more easily when breastfeeding.
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.
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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