32 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Map out and travel two different routes to the hospital. Think about which route you’ll use if you need to go to the hospital during peak hours.
- If you can, take a tour of the hospital where you’ll be delivering. Hospital staff may let you see the labor and postpartum rooms and acquaint you with registration procedures and paperwork, so that you feel more at ease on the big day. Knowing where to go and what to do ahead of time will help prevent a last-minute scramble when you’re in labor.
- Your childbirth classes may be starting around this time. Be an active participant, and ask lots of questions. Feel free to talk about your hopes and fears. Don’t forget to bring your partner along so that you’re both prepared when the moment arrives.
- If you happen to have a prenatal appointment this week, ask about who your healthcare provider’s backup practitioner is, in case you need consult someone when she is not available.
If you’re 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is between 16.5 and 17 inches long and weighs about 3.5 to 4 pounds. By now, your baby’s toenails might be visible, and you might even feel him hiccupping sometimes. Feeling your baby move is special, but occasionally it might be uncomfortable, particularly if his foot accidentally prods under your ribs. From here on, your healthcare provider might ask to see you more often, perhaps every two weeks instead of monthly. Just like every other week of pregnancy, this one is filled with exciting little milestones and interesting changes. Read on to find out what else this week might have in store for you and your little one.
Your Baby’s Development
The final touches are being placed on your baby masterpiece. Eyelashes, eyebrows, and the hair on your baby’s head are evident. The lanugo hair that has covered your baby since the beginning of the second trimester is falling off, although some may remain on the shoulders and back at birth.
Watch Your Baby GrowAt about 4 pounds (1,800 grams) and 11.4 inches (29 cm) from crown to rump, your baby would have an excellent chance of survival outside the womb if you delivered now.
During your prenatal visits, your health care provider will monitor your blood pressure, urine, and any swelling that may develop. But symptoms such as sudden weight gain, swelling in the hands or face, headaches, or changes in vision can be signs of preeclampsia. This condition causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms.
Pregnancy symptoms at 32 weeks
As your baby is plumping up inside you, make sure you’re eating well over the next few weeks. Your stomach may feel a bit flattened out as your baby takes up so much space inside you, but about half of any weight you gain now goes straight to her.
Getting enough sleep in the third trimester can be hard enough, without worrying about whether you’re disturbing your partner too. Talk about what works best for you both, from separate duvets to separate beds – for now!
On the other hand, if you’re feeling closer than ever, you may be worrying if sex in the final months will harm your baby. Well, there’s no need to worry. For most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their waters break.
How your life’s changing
Many pregnant women worry about whether they will be able to give birth vaginally. This is a perfectly natural concern, particularly if you are expecting your first baby.
Take heart, there are some excellent positions for labour you can try. These positions will help your cervix to open up (dilate) during contractions and encourage your baby to move down when the time comes.
Try out different positions, matching them with breathing, massage and natural pain relief methods. Getting in some practice now will increase your chances of a vaginal birth.