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 now 8 months pregnant.

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 done it 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 is a good time to finalise any questions you have about policies or procedures.

You might also start your birth classes about this time.

It’s a good idea to have them finished by at least 36 weeks, in case baby arrives early.

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

32 Weeks Pregnant: Iron Deficiency

You might have noticed your belly button has changed shape and is being pushed outwards.

Your stomach and diaphragm are being squashed by your uterus and your 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 level checked to make sure it’s not too low.

It is normal for levels of iron in the blood to be on the low side during pregnancy. This is because your blood volume has increased by about 50%.

Iron deficiency anemia should be considered and treated, as it has been linked to an increased risk of preterm labour and low birth weight.

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32 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms

At 32 weeks pregnant, you might 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).

If the discharge is accompanied by itching, you might have thrush, which you are more susceptible to experiencing during pregnancy.

An offensive odour is usually a sign of thrush 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 mum and baby.

Some babies latch on right away with no problems. Others need time to learn how to breastfeed properly.

Body changes like the 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 find some great breastfeeding resources.

Unlike the birth, breastfeeding doesn’t last for just one day.

If you are to have a successful breastfeeding experience, it will help to have some useful knowledge in your toolbox.

Make sure dads-to-be read 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 in letting her keep her own cord blood.

32 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

If you could take a peek inside, you might notice some big changes happening this week.

Your baby has gained enough fat so that her skin is no longer transparent.

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

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

With medical help, however, your baby would have an excellent rate of survival if she were born now.

Your baby is spending every waking hour getting ready for the world.

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

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

By this time, if it hadn’t happened earlier, it’s very likely your baby has found her way into a head down position.

First babies tend to assume the head down position earlier than subsequent babies.

Don’t be surprised if she moves in and out of this position over the next few weeks.

The new position means she’s feeling even more cramped.

As a result, baby will make more wriggling movements rather than rolling ones, as there’s less room to move.

Less pressure higher up could also mean you can breathe a little more easily now.

But it can mean more pressure on the bladder – nothing new there.

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 21, 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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