32 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know

32 Weeks Pregnant - Everything You Need To Know

At 32 weeks pregnant your due date is fast approaching!

Only 10 weeks (give or take) to go!

How many months is 10 weeks? You’re 8 months now!

32 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know

You’re certainly feeling like baby is running out of room in there!

If you haven’t already, take a tour of your hospital or birthing centre.

You might like to find out about parking and the admission procedure.

At your next prenatal appointment it’s a good idea to go over your birth plan with your midwife or doctor.

This can help you finalise any questions you have about policies or procedures.

Around this time you might also start your birth classes.

It’s helpful to have these finished by at least 36 weeks, in case baby arrives early.

Birth classes cover many topics, including signs of preterm labour.

32 Weeks Pregnant – Iron Deficiency

You might’ve noticed your belly button is changing shape and being pushed outwards.

Your stomach and diaphragm are being squished by your uterus and growing baby.

This is 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 is 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.

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32 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms

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.

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.

Make sure dad-to-be reads our article Blokes, Boobs and Breastfeeding – Dads Your Support is Crucial.

Perhaps you’re weighing up the pros and cons of banking baby’s cord blood.

If so, make sure you 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.

32 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

This week you might notice some big changes if you could take a peek inside.

Your baby has gained enough fat that her skin is no longer transparent and see through.

All of your baby’s major organs are now fully developed.

The only organs which aren’t ready for life outside the womb are the lungs.

However with medical help, your baby would have an excellent rate of survival if born now.

Your baby is spending all waking hours getting ready for the world.

This means practicing skills like swallowing, moving, sucking and breathing.

Even though your baby isn’t breathing air, she practices the movement by taking in amniotic fluid into her lungs.

It’s also likely by this time your baby 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.

As a result baby will make wriggling movements more than rolling ones, as there’s 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.

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Last Updated: February 11, 2019

CONTRIBUTOR

Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


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