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32 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

32 Weeks Pregnant

32 Weeks Pregnant
32 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby at 32 Weeks

With only two months left to go, your baby is finalizing everything they need for life outside the womb. Here’s what’s happening with baby at 32 weeks.

How Big is Baby at 32 Weeks?

If you’re wondering about the size of baby at 32 weeks, they’re about 16.7 inches long, and baby weight at 32 weeks is around 3.8 pounds. That’s about the size of a Care Bear.

Baby’s Development at 32 Weeks

  • Sucking and swallowing: At 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is practicing sucking and swallowing to prepare their digestive system for drinking milk.
  • Breathing: They’re also practicing breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid.
  • Strong kicks: Is someone knocking down the door from the inside? Keep counting those kicks, and log how many minutes it takes your baby to get to 10 movements. Call your doctor if it’s longer than two hours, or if you notice a change in how often your baby is moving in general.
  • Change in position: Wondering what the most common 32 weeks pregnant baby position is? Most babies change position to being head-down, facing mom’s back, by this week. This (called the cephalic position) is the ideal position for vaginal birth. But don’t worry—if baby’s still head-up, there are still a few more weeks for them to flip into place.
Pregnant with Twins?

We probably don’t have to tell you this, but if you’re 32 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re truly in the home stretch. Many twins are born around week 37 of pregnancy.

💛 Congratulations 💛

You are 80% through your pregnancy!

32 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

32 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

32 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

You’re probably starting to feel a bit uncomfortable at this point. Carrying around all that extra weight and blood volume certainly isn’t easy! So take a break whenever you can, mama! Here are some of the main symptoms you may be experiencing at 32 weeks pregnant:

  • Shortness of breath: At the 32nd week of pregnancy, your uterus is about five inches above your belly button, which means your lungs are getting crowded. So don’t be surprised if you have trouble catching your breath. Rest assured your baby’s getting plenty of oxygen, but you’ll probably need to take more frequent breaks and not push yourself as hard as you’re used to.
  • Heartburn: The third trimester is notorious for being plagued by heartburn. Keep watching what foods and practices may cause yours to flare up—eating before bed or noshing on spicy foods, for example. And take an over-the-counter antacid when your precautions don’t seem to work—just make sure you’ve gotten the OK from your healthcare provider.
  • Urge to nest: The nesting instinct is so real! Dogs, mice, cats, humans—even honey bees—are all driven to create a safe, welcoming place for our young at the end of pregnancy. Your nesting instincts may take the form of working on your baby registry, picking out nursery colors or choosing the softest swaddles. #youdoyou
  • Weird dreams: Pregnancy hormones—plus trouble sleeping, stress and anticipation for baby’s arrival—can cause some pretty wacky dreams. Consider keeping a dream journal, so you can look back and your wild nighttime visions. You may even want to share them with your future child when they’re older.

Signs of Labor? If you start to experience any signs of preterm labor at 32 weeks, like consistent contractions or bleeding, be sure to let your doctor know and head to Labor & Delivery right away, just to be on the safe side.

Braxton Hicks 101

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You’re probably feeling a bit of tightening in your belly here and there. Say hello to a little friend known as Braxton Hicks. Know that Braxton Hicks at 32 weeks are totally normal and expected.

Why do I get Braxton Hicks contractions?

These practice contractions are your body’s way of prepping for the real deal. Closer to when you actually go into labor, Braxton Hicks contractions will help with dilation and effacement of your cervix (or when your cervix opens and thins out to allow baby to get out).

How do I know it’s Braxton Hicks and not something else?

By definition, Braxton Hicks contractions aren’t painful or regular. The cramping or tightening sensation usually only lasts about a minute or less. You might notice them when you’re dehydrated, after sex or when you need to pee. True contractions would happen repeatedly and would become more intense and continue to happen more often.

How should I handle Braxton Hicks contractions?

Prevent Braxton Hicks at 32 weeks from getting too uncomfortable by staying well hydrated and not overdoing it on physical activity.

When you do get them, they should go away if you change position, drink a few glasses of water or take a warm bath.

What if they don’t go away?

If the cramping doesn’t go away, and/or if it continues to get more intense or frequent, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. It could be a sign of preterm labor.

The Deal With Discharge

As you near the end of your pregnancy, your body may be ramping up its vaginal discharge production, which can mainly be blamed on pregnancy hormones and increases in blood flow. Usually, the discharge is no biggie and nothing a pantiliner can’t solve.

But a sudden or visible change in discharge could mean it’s not everyday discharge at all. For example, white, gray, yellow or green discharge to be a sign of an infection or STD.

If the liquid is thin and either a long trickle or a gush, it could be your water breaking, in which case, call your healthcare provider immediately. This could be a sigh of preterm labor.

Closer to labor, you may find a really thick, blood-tinged discharge, which is the mucus plug—a sign your body is prepping for birth.

Your 32 Weeks Pregnant Belly

By 32 weeks pregnant, you’re probably continuing to gain around a pound per week. About half of that weight goes straight to your growing baby (who’s almost 17 inches by now!), and the other half is mostly fluids and blood. Think about it this way: your blood volume has increased by 40-50% since the beginning of pregnancy.

You may still be carrying your baby high in your midsection, but soon they will “drop” (they actually move lower toward your pelvis; it’s also called “lightening”). This happens for some pregnant women in the month or so before they deliver; for others, it happens during labor. When your baby drops, you’ll probably know it. You may breathe easier, and heartburn may ease. You will probably also feel a heavier sensation in your lower abdomen, switch to a “waddle” when you walk (sorry) and need even more frequent bathroom breaks.

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Fun Fact

Your breastmilk changes based on whether you have a boy or girl. One study suggests milk for boys may be richer, and milk for girls may be higher in calcium.

3 Tips to Reach Your Breastfeeding Goals

For some moms, breastfeeding can be one of the most challenging parts of becoming a parent, and it doesn’t always work for everyone. While some moms can feel judged and fear failure when beginning their breastfeeding journey, it doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Taking these steps now can prevent some challenges and guesswork later on:

1. Get educated

There’s a lot of know about breastfeeding, and learning the basics will help you know what’s normal and what may be a signal you need extra support and guidance from a breastfeeding professional.

Take a breastfeeding class or read a good book about the subject during your third trimester so you know more about what to expect.

2. Create a support network

Some of us are lucky to have moms, aunts, sisters or friends to help us figure out breastfeeding. But many of us live far from family or have different breastfeeding plans than our parents did. La Leche League has been running local breastfeeding support groups since the ’50s! Find one in your area, and attend some meetings.

Also consider lining up a lactation consultant in advance, since hands-on help can make a huge difference. You doctor, the hospital or birthing center or a mom friend can probably recommend one.

3. Get a good quality breast pump

A trusty breast pump can be an essential tool in breastfeeding success. When you are away from your baby, your body will still need stimulation to keep making milk, and you will need to store that milk for your baby’s future feedings. Crazy!

If you’re going to work away from home or be apart from baby during a usual nursing session, a great pump is important to have. In fact, it can help you keep up the breastfeeding as long as possible.

There are three types of pumps: manual, single electric and double electric. Whether you’re looking for an electric or a manual one, check out our guide, Best Breast Pumps, to see the ones that thousands of moms rave about.

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Week 32 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Go to your week 32 prenatal visit.
  • Schedule your week 34 visit while you’re there.
  • Have a life insurance policy? Review it to see what it covers or look into getting one (you can also add it your Babylist baby registry).
  • Read that breastfeeding book to get ready.
  • Go on a tour of the hospital’s labor and delivery ward to see what to expect.
  • Enjoy your baby shower, if you’re having one! It’s probably happening right around now.
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