Pregnancy Week 32

Mother who is 32 weeks pregnant

These last several weeks can become tiresome, but remember that every week brings you one step closer to the arrival of your new addition.

Pregnancy Week 32: What changes are occurring with your body?

The top of your uterus can now be measured about 5 inches above your belly button. Because the top of your uterus is so high, you may begin to have trouble breathing or feel short of breath. This is due to the pressure that your growing uterus is placing on your diaphragm. This same pressure may also cause an increased amount of heartburn.

Most likely you are gaining about a pound per week. Your blood volume has increased by 40% to 50% during the past 32 weeks. This allows your body to accommodate both you and your baby. This increased volume is also important because it makes up for the amount of blood you will lose during delivery.*

Pregnancy Week 32: How big is your baby?

Your baby is a little over 16 inches (40.6 cm) long and weighs between 4 and 4 ½ pounds (1.8 to 2 kg).*

Pregnancy Week 32: What is happening with your baby?

Your baby is continuing to grow. His/her toenails and fingernails have formed. The lungs are continuing to mature but will not reach full maturity for several more weeks. Your baby’s skeleton has completely formed, but his/her bones are very soft and pliable.*

Pregnancy Week 32: What should you plan for this week?

If you have had a complication free pregnancy, you most likely have been seeing your health care provider on a monthly basis. Around this time though, your healthcare provider will ask you to begin making visits every two weeks. This will continue over the next four weeks, and then you will begin going once a week.

Have you made a decision on whether or not you plan to save your baby’s cord blood? You may not know what cord blood banking entails. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth.This is usually discarded. Cord blood stem cells can be used to treat the same diseases that bone marrow can treat but with significantly less rejection. It is important to have a medical history and risk assessment to evaluate whether to store your baby’s cord blood.

Pregnancy Week 32: Tips for making your pregnancy better

Last week we began talking about Braxton Hicks contractions.

If you are experiencing these early contractions, there are several things that you can do to alleviate them:

  • Change positions; lie down if you have been standing, or go for a walk if you have been sitting or laying.
  • Take a warm bath for 30 minutes or less.
  • Drink a couple of glasses of water, because contractions may be brought on by dehydration.
  • Drink a warm cup of herbal tea or milk.

If doing any of these does not alleviate your contractions, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Pregnancy Week 32: Tips for mom’s partner:

The fact that your baby’s arrival is around the corner may begin to cause you to question your priorities. Begin to think about what you want your life to look like around the time the baby is born and afterwards. If you plan to be present for the birth of your baby, it may take a little planning, especially if you travel with work.

Once the baby is born, are there some things that you could do to ensure that you have time for both your baby and your partner? Is working from home to some degree a possibility? These are just some things that both you and your partner need to begin to think about.

Last Updated: 1/2013