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32 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Belly Size & More!

32 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Belly Size & More!

7 Jan 2017 | 5 min Read

Nidhi Pandey

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At week 32, your baby will measure about 43.18 cm in length and about 1900 gm in weight. This week onwards, your baby will grow rapidly and gain almost 100-150 grams per week till the time of their birth. 

Their lungs are still not mature which means they are not yet ready for life outside your womb. A few more weeks in this nurturing environment will help prepare your little one for the world outside. 

This is a good week to start organising your baby’s clothes. Whether new or borrowed, all the clothes must be washed with hot water and mild soap and then ironed to ensure that all germs and bacteria have been killed. Sort out all the tiny clothes, cloth nappies, swaddling cloths, caps and socks into little bundles since there is going to be a lot of washing to do from now on. 

Let’s find out more interesting facts about your pregnancy symptoms during the 32nd week, and your baby’s growth and development. 

32 Weeks Foetus Development 

Your baby is still gaining fat beneath their skin, which is coated with a substance called vernix. Your infant may be head-down right now.

How Big Is A Baby During 32 Weeks Pregnancy?

Your baby is about 43 cm long from head to bottom and weighs about 1.7 kg.

32 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

You will notice that your uterus tightens and then relaxes at sporadic intervals. This phenomenon is called the Braxton-Hicks contractions and they happen randomly throughout the day. Some mums who are busy at work might not even notice these contractions. This is just your uterus exercising and preparing for labour. Braxton-Hicks contractions are mild, short, sporadic and painless and have no effect on your cervix.

Breathlessness, loss of appetite, acidity and frequent urination all are 32 weeks pregnancy symptoms that you might start experiencing this week. All this might make you feel very uncomfortable but hang in there, this is going to last only for a few weeks more.

It is natural to feel heavy and experience some amount of backache. Try sitting on a wedge-shaped pillow for a better posture. At this point, sleep might also be difficult due to nasal congestion. You may find it comfortable to sleep in a semi-sitting position as it eases nasal congestion and does not compress the blood supply to the uterus.

Emotional Development

You may experience the anxiety of labour and birth, and to ease the same, try writing out some positive affirmations. It is important that you feel positive about your delivery so try and surround yourself with positive, happy thoughts and people. If you listen to any negative experiences, just filter them out!

Your Body At 32 Weeks Of Pregnancy

Faintness or dizziness, haemorrhoids, colostrum (leaky breasts), itchy tummy and skin, are among the signs of 32 weeks pregnancy or pregnancy month 8 that you may still be experiencing.

​​ 32 Weeks Foetus Picture

32 weeks foetus picture
Image credit: Medicine.net.com

32 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound: Do You Need It?

To make sure that your baby’s growth is continuing along the growth curve, growth ultrasounds may occasionally be required. At 28, 32, and 36 weeks, they are finished. Your baby’s fundal height is one way doctors determine whether your baby is developing as anticipated. 

Self Care Tips And Checklists For 32 Weeks Pregnancy

Here are some self care tips and checklists for leading the healthiest life possible during your 32 weeks pregnancy. 

  • Journal your dreams! Due to pregnancy hormones, your night visions might be especially surreal during your third trimester phase.
  • Don’t take stress over your stretch marks. It fades away on their own over time.
  • Start learning early labour signs.
  • Do light exercises or else just walk to get your body moving and increase flexibility.
  • Instead of eating large meals, try to consume regular, tiny snacks like a bite of a banana with almond butter or hummus and whole wheat crackers.
  • Plan your baby shower.
  • Do pelvic floor exercises.
  • Go for walks every evening to refresh and soothe your mind and calm anxiety.
  • Give your skin some tender loving care and follow a skincare routine diligently.
  • Treat yourself. You deserve some “me time” because you’ve been working so hard.

FAQs

Is 32 weeks considered 8 months pregnant?

Yes.

What should I avoid at 32 weeks pregnant?

Smoking, drinking alcohol, and consuming caffeine in excessive quantities.

Can delivery be done in 32 weeks?

Yes, you can but your baby still can have breathing difficulties because their lungs and respiratory system haven’t fully developed. So, you must check with your doctor and report before delivering. 

What should I be feeling at 32 weeks pregnant?

Faintness or dizziness, haemorrhoids, colostrum (leaky breasts), itchy tummy and skin.

Takeaway

If you feel more than 4 Braxton-Hicks contractions in an hour, then you might be in ‘pre-labor’ and must speak to your doctor. Additionally, make sure you report any period-like cramps, leaking of fluid or a bloody discharge to your doctor. Many times, if reported on time, preterm labour can be dealt with and your doctor might be able to keep your baby in the womb for a few more weeks. 

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