Changes to your body
You may be experiencing increased Braxton Hicks contractions (tightening of the uterus). These are practice contractions and are nothing to worry about. However, they are likely to make you more aware of the impending birth of your baby - so make good use of them and practise your relaxation and breathing techniques when the opportunity arises!
How is your belly button looking these days? Many women find that theirs has started to protrude at 32 weeks - which can be the source of much amusement! This protrusion is caused by your expanding uterus and thankfully will return to normal following pregnancy.
With all that extra weight on board try to ensure that you are providing your growing body with adequate support. If you are experiencing back pain, you should aim to try and rest more often to alleviate the stress placed upon your body. You may like to consider placing pillows around you when you lie down or even invest in a 'bump band' which many maternity shops now have available. You may also notice that your breasts feel fuller and heavier than before, this is perfectly normal as your body makes final preparations for your new arrival but make sure you find a comfortable and well-fitting bra.
Your baby will push up against your lungs and the extra weight may make you feel breathless. You may also find that you need to visit the loo a lot more than usual. At this point in your pregnancy it is also common to experience leg cramps at night and you may find that sleeping is more difficult. You may wish to place a cushion underneath your bump to aid yourself in sleeping more comfortably.
Changes to your baby
At 32 weeks your baby will be less mobile than before, with much less room available to move around inside of you the gentle wiggles will now be full on movements and you'll notice your bump changing shape much more frequently! Moving around will help your baby's bones to continue to strengthen and will aid your baby in increasing its muscle mass. Your baby will be developing layers of fat and won't be as skinny as he or she was before and their skin will continue to develop in colour.
At 32 weeks your baby will be less mobile than before, with much less room available to move around inside of you the gentle wiggles will now be full on movements and you'll notice your bump changing shape much more frequently!
Your baby's skin will be a lot smoother than it was a few weeks ago. All those funny little wrinkles will have evened out and the fine hair that used to cover your baby's body will have started to disappear. At 32 weeks, your baby's weight will be roughly the same as that of a swede or large turnip! This means that your baby is around three and three-quarter pounds or 1.7 kilograms and will measure around 16 and three-quarter inches or around 42 centimetres from its head to it's heel.
By 32 weeks, your baby's head should be pointing downwards in preparation for birth. Your midwife or GP will probably have examined you by this stage determine the way in which your baby is facing during one of your now regular antenatal appointments.
Preparing for birth and your new arrivalIf you haven't already done so, you may like to consider packing your hospital bag in preparation for your labour, also remind your birthing partner to get theirs ready in plenty of time, babies have a habit of turning up at some most unexpected time!
Now is also a good time to start getting your freezer and cupboards stocked up on some good healthy pre-prepared meals and snacks. Planning ahead with your meals will take the pressure off once you've returned home with your newborn and allow you to enjoy that precious bonding time as a new family without having to worry about the boring daily tasks of cooking and shopping!
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