What to Expect when You’re 32 Weeks Pregnant
The countdown is on! With approximately eight weeks to go your baby now weighs close to four pounds and he or she is filling out more every day. Anytime between now and 38 weeks, your baby will settle into a head down position ready for the journey through the birth canal. His or her quarters inside the womb are becoming increasingly cramped and you’ll be able to feel every little movement. Baby’s senses are well developed and the brain is very active, so spend plenty of time touching and talking to your belly!
Common Symptoms at 32 Weeks Pregnant
A new symptom pregnant women often experience around week 32 is Braxton Hicks Contractions. These feel very different from your early pregnancy cramps – more like a strong tightening of your whole uterus – and are your body’s way of rehearsing for labor and delivery. Funnily enough, these are more often second pregnancy symptoms, and many women hardly notice them in their first pregnancy.
Another new symptom for pregnancy week 32 is that your breasts will begin to prepare for nursing by making colostrum and you may find that you have slightly leaky nipples at times. Don’t worry, these are perfectly normal symptoms of being pregnant. It should never be so excessive that it’ll leak through your bra or shirt but, if you feel insecure about it, you could invest in some breast pads and tuck them into your bra.
Additionally, the signs of pregnancy you’ve been experiencing for the last few weeks (all those lovely things like insomnia, sciatica, backache, swollen feet and varicose veins) are likely to stick around until it’s time to give birth. Just try and take it easy and make sure your partner’s pampering you – growing a baby is hard work!
This Week’s Pregnancy To-Do List
During the final stages of pregnancy detail (like “did I turn the oven off?” and “what time was that doctor’s appointment?”) seems to fly out of your head as quickly as it arrives. Don’t worry – you’re not losing your marbles – it’s just “pregnancy brain”. Keeping a diary or using the personal organizer app on your phone should help you keep the fuzzy brain at bay and your life on track.
Immersing yourself in water and taking the weight off your tired bones, joints and muscles is one of the most heavenly things you can do in the last weeks of your pregnancy. Put on your maternity swimsuit and head to the beach (if it’s summer!) or your local indoor pool and enjoy feeling weightless for the first time in what seems like forever! It’ll do you wonders!
By now, you’ve probably got all the information on pregnancy stages that you need but don’t stop learning! Knowledge is power! Now’s a great time to elevate those tired legs and puffy feet and read up on labor, delivery, nursing and even parenting.
More Pregnancy Info and Advice
In just a few weeks’ time, you’ll be breastfeeding your very own baby! So you’ll need to invest in some quality maternity nursing bras, a comfortable maternity gown for nighttime, and clothing that will allow you easy access to your breasts. Check out our buyer’s guide to the best deals on convenient, comfortable and fashionable nursing clothes.
If you’re a good Girl Scout, it’s time to think about “Being Prepared” and we’ve prepared a great little checklist of things you’ll need in your hospital bag to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Even if you’re planning to deliver at home, you should have a bag packed just in case.
All of the pregnant signs and symptoms you’re dealing with may make the thought of exercising seem like some kind of cruel and unusual torture. But, keeping active will actually help to alleviate many of the symptoms. We give some practical suggestions on getting more exercise in the 28th to the 40th week of pregnancy.