What does a 32 weeks pregnancy look like? At this stage, your baby has put on more weight. You, who happens to be the mother at this stage, will also experience some changes. At times, you will be forgetful, and its time to face the practicality of being pregnant. To bring you to a good start, we will be sharing with you the practical elements of giving birth.
Mothers will find this piece helpful as we will be paying a closer look at what you need as the mother, the common symptoms to look out for, and what your baby will be facing during this period.
Working out the number of weeks your pregnancy is can be a little bit complex. At this point, your pregnancy is eight months.
Changes in your body
During pregnancy, you’ll experience nagging symptoms, including fatigue and heartburn, which usually happens during the third trimester. The symptoms are as a result of the growing uterus. But not to worry, your baby will benefit from the entire process while he is in your womb. The baby will grow continually and develop until the delivery date is due.
It is usual for a mother to gain 1 pound every week by week 32. Its when you need to keep your meal choices healthy and prioritize fresh fruits and vegetables over fried foods, lean proteins, or sweet treats. Your little one needs all the nutrients she can get, and the only way that’s going to happen is if the mother receives the essential nutrients.
The baby’s development – what does my baby look like at week 32
Now that we know what the mother will go through during this period, we talk about the baby’s development. The baby is getting closer to looking like the baby you’ll meet when he is born. For instance, his eyebrows, eyelashes, and his hair are now all in place. The baby’s starting to shed the lanugo – these are the fine hairs that covered your baby’s entire body… most of which will go by now. However, some babies are born with little lanugo still showing on their skin.
Twin development – what do my twins look like at week 32
Your twins’ lungs grow partially by 32nd week. However, your babies are probably practicing breathing this week by using muscles to breathe. By the way, twins breathe amniotic fluid in and out while in their mother’s womb. Contrary to what people think, these babies are also getting a healthy dose of oxygen through their umbilical cord.
Baby’s position at week 32
The baby is standing on his head; most babies move into this position at least a few weeks before birth. It’s not surprising, though, if your little – one decides to change locations several times before he is born. You might feel him moving into place as he flips the other way round.
According to experts, more fats is forming under the baby’s skin. It has slowly turned your baby’s skin from transparent to its current opaque state. It doesn’t end here; you should get your toenail clipper ready.
What is your baby doing at 32 weeks of pregnancy?
Your baby’s time in your tummy for the past few weeks has been about preparing for life outside the mother’s (your) womb. Your baby is practicing all the essential skills to practice all the vital skills necessary to grow as a baby. It ranges from breathing, sucking, swallowing, and kicking. With fats accumulating under the skin, your baby grows beautifully. The fat growing under the skin will get rid of the transparency, making them completely opaque.
Speaking of digestion, the digestive system is also ready to go in preparation for feeding (breastfeeding) in a few weeks.
Sometimes, you might feel a bit of dancing here and there, a little bit of squirming and tapping. You need not worry though, your baby is still comfy right there in your womb, reverting to the curled-up position for maximum comfort.
32 weeks of pregnancy symptoms
At the rate, you will continuously experience pregnancy symptoms until your baby is born. At week 32, the symptoms may include:
– Braxton -Hicks Contraction
– Breast leakage (oh, that sounds new you to you? well, it’s real)
- Preterm Labor vs Braxton – Hicks contractions
It’s a great time to have full knowledge of the difference between Braxton – Hicks contractions and preterm labor. Braxton – Hicks contractions are sudden and infrequent. They tend to fade between thirty seconds and two minutes. With Braxton – Hicks, there are no rhythmical movements, meaning they don’t get worse.
However, there are things you can do to reduce the pain caused due to Braxton – Hicks contractions. All of these can be done by standing or lying down. And just in case you’ve been resting, you can get up and stretch for a bit. A glass of water will also do the trick.
One of the causal agents of Braxton – Hicks is dehydration, so remember to stay hydrated all the time. Ensure that a bottle of water is kept by your side at all times, even while on the go. One of the great ways to keep track of how much water you drink is using reusable water bottles.
W.H.O. (World Health Organization) estimates that over fifteen million babies from around the world are born preterm yearly, meaning before the 37 weeks of gestation. There is the possibility of preterm labor occurring in any woman it’s something you should be aware of.
In case the contractions you are feeling becomes regular, or if you start seeing an irregular pattern to the pain, that might just be a cause for concern. For instance, Pelvic pressure is a massive sign of preterm labor, especially if the pain you are experiencing becomes irregular (on and off) over an hour. Symptoms of preterm labor tend to trigger a call to a medical doctor. Notably, there are no long-term complications attached to it.
- Breast Leakage
Breast leakage is real, and it usually starts at 32 weeks of pregnancy of every woman. When it begins, you will notice a thin or yellowish fluid leaking from your breast—no need to panic as this leakage is normal. The fluid flowing out from the breast is known as colostrum. It’s just your body’s way of preparing breastmilk for your baby. When the liquid soaks through your bra, it becomes uncomfortable, and at that point, you should get a nursing pad to help you fix that problem.
- Back Pain
If you’ve read our previous content, this symptom won’t sound new to you. The complete changes in your body could lead to you experiencing lower back pain. In case you feel pain in this region, tell your doctor/midwife right away, as this could be a sign of premature labor.
Your uterus is starting to push up near your diaphragm. It is beginning to take up more space in your stomach. Its when you start experiencing shortness of breath or heartburn. To alleviate the pain, you can try eating smaller meals or sleeping propped up on pillows – doing both will help you feel more comfortable.
- Leg Cramps
A sharp, painful cramp will occur in your calves. It doesn’t happen in isolation. Unfortunately, leg cramp is a common symptom of late pregnancy. To alleviate this symptom, try to stretch your legs before going to bed at night. If/when you experience a cramp, flex your foot upward and back. You should also massage your calves in downward strokes.
- Pregnancy Brain
Have you heard of pregnancy brain? Difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness caused by pregnancy, or are you just imagining things?
Diarrhea doesn’t feel pleasant. However, you could come down with diarrhea at 32 weeks pregnant. When it happens, ensure that you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated all the time. More often than not, diarrhea can be a sign of preterm labor. So, when you notice symptoms such as pelvic pressure, regular contractions, cramps, water breaking, and low backache. That shouldn’t determine if you should see a doctor – you know you should.
- Darker Nipples
It unknown why this phenomenon happens. However, the areola looking darker could make it possible for the child to spot the feeding point when breastfeeding.
- Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath in pregnant women happens due to the growth of the babies pushing up against the lungs. With the baby pushed against the lungs, a pregnant woman with a baby pushed up against her lungs will have problems catching her breath. That’s why it is necessary to take things easy at this point.
You might find yourself bumping into things around the home due to loosening joints and ligaments, which are both a result of hormonal changes. To step away from the clumsy movements, avoid the stilettos and go for something more comfortable. If you can’t do without your wedges and stilettos, wait till your baby is born.
What to do this week – 32 weeks pregnancy
- Make out a plan
The first thing you want to do at this moment is to make a plan. The big day approaches, you don’t want to take chances. You should take this moment to run through everything you’ll need to have a safe delivery. At this point, you want to map out two travel routes to the hospital.
You should also practice being conversant of the number of hours; minutes it will take you to get to the hospital.
Familiarize yourself with the route, and in case you won’t be having an antenatal class, will give you a vast knowledge of the hospital and its surrounding. Understand the admission process you will encounter when your labor commences. Remember, the more prepped you are, the more confident you will feel during contraction.
- Drink enough water
Remember, whatever you do, you need to consider that adorable baby within you. Right now, you aren’t just eating and drinking for yourself; whatever it is you are consuming, you are doing so for two, and you are also sweating for two… extreme, right? What is means is that you’ll have more waste to urinate than ever before.
Drink enough water; it helps dissolve the waste products and also flush them from your kidneys. The water keeps your urine diluted, which keeps things flowing within your system but also keeps U.T.I.sU.T.I.s away. Urine that stays long in your bladder will turn its surrounding into a breeding ground for infection-triggering bacteria.
People don’t normally associate drinking water with peeing; drinking enough also helps in the poop area. It dissolves solid waste and hastens them through the digestive path.
- Consider feeding
You need to think about feeding during this period. Consider how you will feed you, baby, when he is born. Learn more about bottle feeding and breastfeeding in general. You should also ensure that the necessary things such as bottle sterilizer and breast pump, are in place.
- Healthy snacks are a must
When your uterus starts to take ownership of your internal systems, you will notice a reduction in your level of hunger. But it is still essential to keep your energy up, so try to stock up on the regular portions of healthy food.
- Moisturize daily
Ensure that you moisturize often. If your skin feels dry, it’s a side effect of an expanding body – and when your belly keeps on growing and growing, it becomes dry and itchy.
How do you go about it? Some useful strategies include moisturizing daily (as often as you can). Because your skin is extra sensitive at this stage, you should look for moisturizers with no perfumes or dyes. Apply the moisturizer on your skin when it’s damp to trap in the moisture.
Endeavor to wear lightweight clothes, just as we discussed in the previous article we shared with you. Lightweight cotton will allow your skin to breathe well. Lightweights are essential when a mother is feeling hot all over.
- Pelvic Twist
The pelvic twist is vital for a stress-free pregnancy and a smooth delivery. How do you strengthen your pelvis? You do so by doing pelvic tilts regularly. For those who don’t know what this is, the pelvic twist is an easy exercise that you can do anywhere. The training will strengthen your abs, soothe one’s backaches during pregnancy while making things easy for the mother during delivery.
During the third trimester, the exercise should be done while standing – do so against the wall. To execute the task correctly, stand up straight, and make sure your spine is relaxed. Breath in deeply, and press a bit of your back against the wall. Exhale and repeat the reps for five minutes.
- Babies are preparing for birth
How does a baby prep for birth? We’ve highlighted some of the processes that occur when the child is getting close to been born. But in this section, we will be highlighting more of it. What happens to your baby at this stage? Your little one is preparing for are bug debut. Babies usually tip the scales at 4 pounds, while the topping stays at 15 to 17 inches.
During this period, your baby’s life will revolve around practicing. She’s trying to hone our skills – the skills she needs to thrive in this stressful world. Though the mother is a few weeks away from her due date, the baby looks more like a newborn in her womb.
How many months are in 32 weeks of pregnancy?
If this is the current age of your pregnancy, you are in the eightieth month(32 weeks pregnancy) of your pregnancy. You’ve got just one month left.
Fetal Position: Breech or head down?
Less than 5 percent of the entire population of babies worldwide prefer the bottom-down (also known as the breech position). So, you need not worry too much about your baby’s location; the fact is, if he’s yet to assume the head-down position, which is the ideal position, it will happen soon. The chances of your baby flipping to the head-down position before birth is high. He will find a way to do that, even in the confines of your uterus.
Your baby’s sleep cycles
While the mother needs to prepare adequately for the arrival of her child, the baby, on the other hand, needs rest, and that’s what he is doing. Your baby has a regular sleep cycle, with regular sleeping patterns.
Things to do in week 32 for a healthy pregnancy
The thirty-second week should be about preparing for when you bring your baby home after a safe delivery. It’s not in any way premature to make oneself for this. Things will be more comfortable when you set things up now instead of waiting for your baby to be born – adjusting to your new life without preparation will be tough. So, what do you do?
- Take care of the meal support
You want to ensure that this catered for ASAP. The last thing you want to think about after your child’s arrival is what the house will be having for breakfast, what the family will have for dinner. You need to eat a quality meal after delivery – its time to regain all the nutrients you shared with your baby. Nursing mothers need 400 to 500 extra calories daily to keep up with the increased metabolic demand.
Do you have the freezer space? If no, then you should get one. When you do get one, make meals and freeze them now that it’s possible. Thanks to the oven, you only need to pop it in during the early weeks. Ask your family or friends to contribute too.
Certain meal delivery services cater to mothers and new parents at large. However, this service can be quite expensive but maybe an excellent idea for a baby shower gift. If you want this service, let a few family members or friends know to help you do the needed findings and get you the best deal.
Another ideal option is to work with friends and family to create a schedule for bringing in the meals. If you own a refrigerator and freezer space, which is limited, you want to stay away from receiving lots of casseroles on your first day back from the hospital won’t be a good idea. You’ll be surprised to know the number of people who would love to help during this stage. Its time to sharpen your communication skills and tell your loved ones what you’ll need.
- Make plans for child care
If you’ve got other children, it’s one other reason why you should plan for what will happen while you go into labor. Do you have loved ones who have agreed to come to watch your other children? You need someone who would cater to your children while you are away.
Some of the factors you want to consider are your child’s safety while you are away. Do you want your child to stay at your friend’s place, and if that’s the case, how will they get to your friend’s home?
Having a backup plan won’t hurt anyone. You should have one, just in case you go into labor before the due date. In a situation where your children are in school or daycare, ensure to have a plan put in place for how they will get home or to your friend’s place.
If you think you might be experiencing contractions at 32 weeks of pregnancy, contactl your doctor immediately. The mother-to-be should also reach out to a medical professional if you have any of the symptoms below:
– Blurred Vision.
– Fluid leakage or vaginal bleeding
– Burning with urination
– Pelvic pain
You should also call your doctor if what you are having more than just a headache. Prevention is better than cure. Don’t forget to create the checklist we discussed. Please share your thoughts with us about our 32 weeks of pregnancy content; you can use the comment section below.