32 WEEKS PREGNANT
Don’t be surprised, but your total blood volume is now about 40 to 50 percent and your red blood cell mass is 20 to 30 percent more than pre-pregnancy, which means you must (need to!) remember to take your iron and folic acid supplement.
Your baby has probably already turned upside down into the head down position, ready to meet the outside world. If he or she has not turned head down yet, that will happen very soon.
At this stage you will be preparing for the end of pregnancy to dos, such as figuring out how to install a car seat, or preparing your work replacement about your duties before you go for maternity leave.
32 weeks pregnant is how many months? 32 weeks pregnant is eight months pregnant. You got about seven weeks till your due date.
32 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 32 weeks? Your baby now measures about 42.5cm.
The current weight of your baby is about 1.66kilograms.
32 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
32 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
Your symptoms are becoming more acute towards your delivery date. By this time you should be looking forward to the arrival of your little one, so we hope you’re dealing with it as well as can be!
Being 32 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptoms that your body might be experiencing:
- Acid Reflux. Gastric acid seeps back up your esophagus and causes that painful sensation in your throat. Prevention will be a good way to avoid acid reflux, so eat small meals, avoid foods that will upset your stomach and drink water in between meals.
- Braxton Hicks contractions. These “practise contractions” will only last for about 30 seconds and would be painless, though uncomfortable. If the contractions get stronger and more frequent or if they becomes painful, inform your doctor because it might be preterm labour.
- Shortness of breath. As your uterus gets bigger and pushes against your lungs, you will feel a lack of air, especially if you exert yourself. Don’t worry though, your baby is getting all the air he or she needs.
- Backaches. As your baby increases in weight, you will experience back pains as the weight strains your lower back muscles.
- Leaking breasts. Your breasts is now already preparing for the baby’s arrival, so the leakage that you’re experiencing is colostrum, which is what the baby will eat just after birth.
- Vaginal discharge. This is nature’s way of preparing for the baby’s arrival as it prevents infection at the vagina. Do highlight to your doctor if your discharge has blood or is a thick-like mucus. Also if you are having a constant water like flow, your water may have broken via a slow leak so call your doctor and get to the hospital.
At this stage you will be getting more Braxton Hicks contractions, or also known as “practise contractions”. The only difference between Braxton Hicks and actual contractions is that the actual one stays and gets stronger, while Braxton Hicks goes away after a short while.
32 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
It will be anytime from now till week 34 that your baby will drop from somewhere near your ribs to the pelvic area.
The little one will also turn head down to prepare for birth, though some babies don’t drop till it is time for actual labour.
At this stage, the belly should be about 32cm from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone.
HOW IS MY BABY AT 32 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Your baby is now sizeable and is taking up a lot of space in the womb.
Your baby will go onto a weight gain surge, gaining about ⅓ to ½ of the total birth weight from now till birth, and is also breathing, swallowing, doing hiccups, sucking the thumb as he or she prepares for life outside the womb.
Your baby’s digestive function – liver, kidney and pancreas – are now functioning properly, and already has toenails and fingernails.
The skin is also becoming soft and plump as he or she accumulates fats underneath the skin.
The brain is also working well, making connections between the brain nerve cells. The brain can now read signals from different parts of the body, but is as yet not able to smell anything due to him or her still being in the amniotic fluid.
WHAT TO DO AT 32 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Learn the signs of an early labour (if you have not already done so)
- Run through everything regarding delivery with your partner
- Familiarise yourself with hospital admission procedure and the route to the hospital