Your Pregnancy at Week 32

Your Pregnancy at Week 32

Have you started having Braxton Hicks contractions?

Week 32

your baby this week:

Hopefully your baby is planning on entering the world head first and will be starting to turn to face head-down into the pelvis if they aren't already. This is known as a 'cephalic presentation'.

Don't worry if your baby is still pointing towards the stars - there is plenty of room for changing position yet, despite the ever-shrinking amount of space left in your uterus thanks to how much your little one is growing.

At around the 43cm mark and weighing 1.8kg, your baby is growing at a rapid rate - ready for all those cute baby clothes you have bought! Its previously saggy skin is filling out as they start growing more fat tissue and their skin is now finally opaque!

your body:

One thing you may begin to notice at this point is the stronger emergence of 'Braxton Hicks' contractions, these are nothing to worry about and are merely 'practise contractions' as your body gets ready for your big day. These contractions will increase in frequency the nearer you get to your due date. To stop feeling these contractions, simply move, or change position. If you are sitting, stand, if you’re lying down, sit up, and so on. This is also a great way of identifying the difference between these contractions and contractions you feel during labour - real ones won't go away.

If you find that larger meals make you feel uncomfortable, something you may want to try is eating a little less, more frequently. As your uterus takes up more space, many find their appetite to be very reduced, however by eating little and often, you can help keep yourself energised as well as reducing the risk of feeling dizzy or faint between meals.

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your tips & to do's:

At this point in your pregnancy, you may be contemplating the various options you have for your little one's delivery. Depending on your pregnancy, the options may range from a natural waterbirth delivery with the help of a doula, to a hospital-scheduled caesarean with an entire team of healthcare workers.

Even if you are planning on a vaginal delivery, you should still familiarize yourself with the caesarean procedure. If you've previously had a baby delivered via caesarean, your doctor will likely encourage you to schedule another caesarean delivery this time. For many women with a previous caesarean, this is not the only option. It's merely the more typical route taken by healthcare practitioners. If your heart is truly set on experiencing a vaginal delivery, speak up at your next appointment. Other common causes for having a caesarean include when labor is not progressing properly, if a prolapsed umbilical cord prevents adequate blood flow to the baby, and if the baby's heartrate slows too much during contractions.

Another topic to think about this week is breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented; and while there are some women who are unable to breastfeed for various reason, there are many incentives to try nursing, from both a nutritional and financial standpoint. Fortunately, statistics show that most women will give nursing a good try before choosing to use formula instead. But the number of breastfed babies drops substantially after about three months post-birth for various reasons, such as mothers returning to work. The International Labor Organization (ILO) calls for a minimum twelve-week maternity leave but recommends fourteen weeks as preferred. Presently, if you have a regular nine-to-five job and plan on returning to work after birth, now is a good time to discuss the terms of maternity leave with your employer, if you haven't already. And keep in mind you can always take a five to tenminute bathroom break at work to pump breastmilk. Many employers provide refrigerated space for employees to store their lunch. No one has to know your lunchbox is also storing a bag or two of that good good.

In addition to mothers returning to work, the declining number of breastfed babies might be attributed to mothers who struggle to produce enough milk as a result of missed feedings after a weekend away, or a bout of illness, or a plugged or blocked milk duct. Though many newborns are able to immediately, and correctly, latch onto the breast, others have a harder time with it. When a newborn struggles with latching and sucking, it affects their mother's ability to produce milk. When this happens, the help of a lactation consultant may be very beneficial. Any amount of breast milk benefits your baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding for the entire first year. (Did we mention that breastfeeding burns calories and helps re-flatten your post-delivery stomach? Yeah. It's definitely a bonus.)

So... what will you choose? If you decide to breastfeed, how do you plan to handle any concerns or complications that may arise? Do you know of any local Lactation Consultants? Are there nearby breastfeeding support groups? What will be your personal line-in-the-sand for choosing to formula-feed your baby? This is a great week to contemplate on and educate yourself about nursing. The best decision is your decision.

And don't forget to put these thoughts down on paper... like, in your pregnancy journal!

your symptoms

By week 32, most of your symptoms are directly related to the amount of space your little one now occupies inside of you. Here is a list of some things you may be experiencing.

  • Outie bellybutton
  • Larger feet
  • Stretch marks, itchy or dry skin, and/or unwanted hair growth
  • Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
  • Sweating
  • Heartburn
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
  • Bleeding and/or swollen gums
  • Frequent nighttime wakings
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Crazy dreams
  • Fetal activity

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