32 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
32 WEEKS PREGNANT
Eek! There’s just 8 weeks to go until your due date! The preparations are in full swing by now as you anxiously count down the weeks until you get to meet your precious baby. Even if you have everything ready to go for your baby’s arrival, you’re still going to feel like there’s more that needs to be done. You’re going to question everything, especially if this is your first baby – are 20 onesies really going to be enough? (20 is more than enough, FYI.) Does the baby really need 5 pairs of shoes? (The answer is no. Shoes aren’t necessary in the newborn stage. They will more than likely just fall off the baby’s feet anyway.) Relax, mama! You’ll be surprised at how few things babies actually need. As long as you have the essentials to get through each day, your baby will be fine!
At 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a jicama! Baby should measure somewhere around 16.7 inches long and should weigh about 3.8 pounds right now.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 32
All the symptoms you may experience this week are symptoms you’ve had in previous weeks of your pregnancy. The only difference you may notice is that some of these lovely pregnancy symptoms will hit you a bit harder than they have up to this point, such as the Braxton Hicks contractions – you’re jumping in excitement at that thought, aren’t you? Yeah, didn’t really think so. Remember, the end is coming. Now, that thought should have you jumping for joy!
So, here are the pregnancy symptoms you may experience at 32 weeks pregnant:
- Increased Braxton Hicks contractions. You may begin to feel these “practice contractions” a bit more intensely and frequently than you have in past weeks. This is the point when some women confuse Braxton Hicks contractions for real ones. The difference between the two is that these contractions will go away if you lie down and/or drink some water and they are irregular – meaning they last for different amounts of time and the time between these contractions is random and spaced out. Real contractions are more regular, and you won’t be able to stop them by changing positions or resting.
- Shortness of breath. You’re going to have difficulty catching your breath, so try not to do strenuous activities and take frequent rest breaks so you don’t pass out!
- Boob leakage. Your breasts are filling with colostrum, which is the first bit of nutrition your baby will get from you after he’s born when you begin breastfeeding. Some of this colostrum may leak out, so be prepared and wear breast pads in your bra to avoid an embarrassing situation!
- Darker nipples. Have you noticed a change in the color of your nipples? The reason why the nipples become darker is unknown, but some say it’s so the baby can see them easier when breastfeeding. Kind of an interesting theory, don’t you think?
- Heartburn. Oh, the dreaded heartburn and indigestion. You know that some of the things you eat are going to make it worse, but you eat them anyway because they’re just so good! Keep some antacids on hand – they’re usually safe to take during pregnancy!
- Vaginal discharge. You may notice an increase in the vaginal discharge as you get closer to the end of your pregnancy. Your body is preparing itself for delivery and is keeping your vagina clear of infections.
32 WEEK BABY BUMP
The fundal height of your belly (remember, this is the distance between your pelvic bone and the top of your uterus) at 32 weeks should measure between 30 and 34 centimeters if you’re pregnant with just one little human. If you’re having twins (or more!), the fundal height usually isn’t measured because it would be too inaccurate due to there being multiple babies hiding out in there.
Within the next couple of weeks, the baby should drop down closer to your pelvis in the head-down position, where he or she will (should) stay until birth – some babies are stubborn and decide to flip sideways or remain head-up with their feet in your pelvis.
32 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
It’s not likely that you’ll have an ultrasound at 32 weeks unless you’re being monitored for a particular reason. That doesn’t make you any less curious about how your baby’s doing in there, though, does it? Well, at 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is gaining weight pretty rapidly (about a half a pound a week) and his bones are beginning to harden – except for the skull bones. They’ll remain soft until after birth to allow the baby’s head to pass through the pelvis and vagina more easily.
You may notice a more regular pattern in your baby’s sleep and wake cycles now, too. When he’s awake, he’s pretty active, but because there’s limited room in there, there’s only so much moving around he can do. It’s pretty cool at this point, though, because his movements can very easily be seen just by looking at your belly. When he shifts into a different position, your whole belly will move along with him. You may even be able to make out his different body parts as he pushes on your belly, too.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 32 WEEKS PREGNANT?
The clock is ticking, and you feel like you’re running out of time to get everything done, but you need to take it as easy as you can at the same time. If there’s anything left to do that’s going to be hard for you to manage on your own (such as putting together a crib or moving furniture, heavy lifting, etc.), enlist the help of family and friends. If you aren’t one to just stand back and let others do the work, then here’s a short list of things you can do at 32 weeks pregnant in preparation for the baby’s arrival:
- Finish packing your hospital bag. So many women put off packing their hospital bag until the last minute and then end up going into labor before their due date and scramble to throw things together on their way out the door. Don’t be one of those women! Have your hospital bag packed and ready to go now just in case you need it sooner than you expect you will.
- Pick a name. This is probably the hardest decision of all time when it comes to having a baby – deciding on what name to give them! If you haven’t picked out a name already, now’s the time to really start thinking about it!
- Take a day for you. Once the baby gets here, your time is going to be consumed with taking care of your little one, and even if you have the time to do something for yourself, the mommy guilt is going to set in, and you’re not going to want to leave your little one or do anything for yourself that might take time away from your baby. So, go do something for yourself now – take a spa day, go out with some girlfriends for a day, plan a weekend getaway with your significant other. Do something for you! Goodness knows, you deserve it!
- Sam C's Editorial Team