— Time to experience more frequent contractions
You are 32 weeks pregnant means now you are entering into the 8th month of pregnancy. During this period, your uterus is 5 inches above the belly button.
For pregnant women carrying twins, the uterus is probably the same size as it would be at 40 weeks in a singleton pregnancy, and in the remaining two months, you are getting even bigger. But a mother who is carrying twins or triplets won’t bear their pregnancy until the 9th month. Most of the time, they deliver the babies during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.
Still, there are five weeks to go until the baby is considered full-term and can survive outside the womb. In the remaining two months, most of the growth associated with you and your baby is related to the size. As your baby grows bigger, your uterus is also increasing in its size to accommodate the growing 32 weeks fetus.
When you are 32 weeks pregnant, you should understand more about posture changes. Try to stand up straight as much as possible. Bad postures can result in pregnancy problems such as leg cramps and backaches.
During pregnancy week 32, more changes are happening with you and your baby. Read on to know about what is happening to you and your baby.
Symptoms experienced by a 32 weeks pregnant woman:
During the 32nd week of pregnancy, all the weight you are gaining is perhaps taking its toll upon your body. Pain and aches during the third pregnancy trimester now become even strong, and you may feel exhausted and worn out.
Back pain is the most common problem during pregnancy week 32. Physical and hormonal changes can cause a painful and achy back during the last trimester.
Fatigue is another annoying pregnancy symptom that will bother you until the delivery. It is usual for most pregnant women to feel exhausted. Fatigue during the third trimester is especially due to the drastic increase in the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Progesterone helps your body prepare for the most difficult task of labor and birth.
Frequent urination is also the most common difficulty you go through during your pregnancy week 32. This condition can contribute to insomnia during this period. The growing uterus puts great pressure on your bladder and makes you feel like you constantly have to go. These frequent bathroom visits can be very much annoying and disturb your sleep.
Physical changes that occur in a 32-week pregnant woman:
From week 32 onwards, your belly is growing bigger, the same with your breasts. It is very difficult to see the knees and the belly button protruding out. As there is not much space between the breast and the start of the belly, it is most common to experience chest discomfort. Also, the weight of the breasts on your stomach will make you feel more pain. So, it is essential to wear the best supportive bra to prevent the sagginess of the breasts and discomfort.
Some women may notice heat rashes underneath their breasts. They will become more aggravated with sweat. Using talcum powder, taking a cool shower, and general hygiene help reduce the risk of a thrush infection.
Usually, during the third trimester, the mother’s weight gain affects the baby’s development. Some women may gain half a pound per week until the delivery. Sometimes, pregnancy edema can even add to the weight. If you notice any sudden or rapid increase in your weight and severe headaches, immediately consult your care provider as they can lead to several complications.
Fetal changes that occur in a 32-week pregnant woman:
When you are 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of 18.9 inches long and weighs up to 4 pounds. The fetus is adding most of its pounds during these remaining eight weeks.
The baby is now busy spending most of its time swallowing, kicking, sucking, frowning, grimacing, and moving the little arms.
Now the baby can move the head up and down and side to side. They can even open and close their eyes. But, these movements will slowly decrease when the baby gains more and more weight. You can observe these movements in your 32 weeks pregnant ultrasound.
By this week, your baby will develop temperature sensitivity. When you immediately keep a hot pad upon your stomach, you will notice a rapid kick.
The baby has developed a strong immune system, and the lungs are continuing to develop. After this week, the baby’s all five senses will start working.
Also, these remaining two months will bring growth of hair on your baby’s head. By this week, toenails are also completely developed.
Few types of research showed that from the 8th month onwards, your baby might also have REM sleep.
As each week passes, the amniotic fluid level will decrease, thus leaving space for your developing baby. When the baby is growing more and more, there will be much less room to move, so the movements will not be strong enough as they were before.
What care should be taken by a 32 weeks pregnant woman?
If you feel that back pain is becoming more severe, consider using a cold compress or heating pads around the painful region.
If you feel exhausted, taking frequent breaks from work and napping can help to give you a much-needed boost of energy.
When you are tired of frequent bathroom visits, don’t think that you need to decrease water consumption. It is very important to stay hydrated, especially during the third trimester.
During your 32 weeks pregnant ante-natal checkup, your doctor may prescribe you a few tests such as urine, blood pressure checkup, and the tummy palpated. Make sure that you are monitored carefully during every prenatal visit.
Staying well-hydrated is very much essential during this period. Avoid wearing high heels as they increase the discomfort of back pain, and also sleeping in an elevated position and keeping support for the back whenever you sit can help to ease the back pain.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 33…