32 Weeks Pregnant
At 32 weeks pregnant, you’re definitely feeling like baby is running out of room in there!
Your stomach and diaphragm are being squished by your uterus and growing baby, making heartburn and breathlessness a feature right now.
If you are feeling tired and dizzy as well as short of breath, it’s a good idea to have your iron checked to make sure it’s not too low.
It’s normal for blood levels of iron to be on the low side during pregnancy as your blood volume has increased about 50%.
But iron deficiency anemia should be considered and treated as it has been linked to an increase risk of preterm labour and low birth weight.
32 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At 32 weeks pregnant, you may have noticed some additional vaginal discharge which is milky white in colour. This is due to increased blood flow to the area, as well as increased hormones (oestrogen and progesterone). You may have thrush if the discharge is accompanied by itching, which you are more susceptible to during pregnancy. An offensive odour is usually the sign of infection and should be mentioned to your midwife or doctor.
Your nipples are probably getting darker. This darkening helps baby find them more easily when it comes time to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is a learning process for both baby and mum. Some babies latch on right away with no issues. But others need time to learn how to breastfeed properly. Body changes like darkening of the nipples help to facilitate this adjustment. BellyBelly highly recommends getting a subscription to the Australian Breastfeeding Association so you have ready access to assistance from trained breastfeeding counselors, support/mothers groups in your area and a great book included with subscriptions, called Breastfeeding…naturally.
Make sure you have at least one of the best breastfeeding books in your library, and try to read it before your baby arrives. While you might be really excited and focused on the birth right now, it’s very important to dedicate some time to great breastfeeding resources. Unlike the birth, breastfeeding doesn’t just last for one day! In order for you to have a successful breastfeeding experience, it helps to have some great knowledge in your toolbox. Combined with an ABA subscription and supportive people around you, you’ll be set. Make sure dad-to-be reads our article Blokes, Boobs and Breastfeeding – Dads Your Support is Crucial.
If you’re considering banking baby’s cord blood, you should read about delaying cord clamping. Delayed cord clamping is not compatible with cord blood donation. There are significant health benefits for your baby by letting her keep her own cord blood.
Studies have shown that babies who have delayed cord clamping have an extra one-third blood volume compared to babies who do not. They also have a reduced risk of anaemia, low iron, blood transfusions and more. If colostrum is liquid gold, cord blood is liquid platinum, rich with stem cells, iron, oxygen and cancer killing cells.
32 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Baby is also getting ready for the big day, practicing all the skills she will need for the world outside – swallowing, moving, sucking and breathing. It’s also likely that she has found her way into a head down position if she hadn’t already. First babies tend to assume the head down position earlier than subsequent babies but don’t be surprised if she does move in and out of this position over the next few weeks.
This new position means she’s feeling even more cramped and you might notice more wriggling movements than rolling ones, as baby has got much less room to move. Less pressure up higher might mean you can breathe a little easier now! But it can mean more pressure on the bladder – nothing new!
Your baby’s weight is about 1.8 kg and she is about 38-45 cm long – the size of a pineapple.