With the onset of week 32, your anxiety levels increase and you start to have gas and dizziness problems. You may also experience Braxton Hicks contractions that will prepare you for the delivery. At this stage, your baby almost takes the shape of a newborn, and has fully developed skin, which starts to accumulate fat and is no longer translucent.
Baby’s Development during Pregnancy Week 32
Your baby will weigh approximately 3-3/4 pounds and would be about 16.7 inches in length
He will have a soft and smooth skin, and some hair on his head
By week 33 of your pregnancy, he will have fully developed nails on his fingers and toes, and will start to put on weight till the time he attains the size and shape of a normal baby.
Your baby is still curled-up or might have settled into the head-down position, which is a bottoms-up position in your pelvis during this week.
As the week progresses, more fat gets accumulated under his skin and he starts to have a normal skin.
Mother’s Development during Pregnancy Week 32
As you enter week 32 of your pregnancy, you will start gaining weight at the rate of one pound per week.
As your baby is growing in size, you might suffer from lower back ache. If the pain starts suddenly, it may be a sign of pre-term labour. This might happen because of the expanding uterus.
Changes in the hormone levels can cause the ligaments attached to your pelvic bones and spine to loosen up. You might feel more strain while standing, sitting or moving. This can also be the cause of lower back ache in some women. Avoid sitting for too long in a position, and do some mild exercises to strengthen your muscles after consulting your health caregiver.
Pregnancy week 32 Symptoms & Tips
During the third trimester, your breasts will grow in size, and might also leak yellowish fluid called colostrum, which is packed with protein and antibodies. This is the first milk that your newborn will get to drink post-birth. Leaky breasts can make you uncomfortable, so wear nursing pads to deal with the situation.
As your belly grows in size, it will start to itch. This is because your skin will stretch and dry out causing an itch. Apply cream or moisturiser to keep the skin supple and moist and control the itching.
Gas and constipation problems:
The weight of the growing baby puts pressure on your rectum muscles and causes gassiness and constipation. You might also face sluggish and irregular bowel movements due of the growing uterus. In order to keep such problems under control, try to eat six small meals everyday instead of three big meals, and undertake some safe exercises like brisk walking or prenatal yoga
You might feel light-headed because of low blood sugar levels. If you feel weak and dizzy, binge on a snack that is rich in proteins and carbohydrates. You can also eat soy chips to keep light-headedness at bay.
You might have varicose veins in the rectum that are painful in case you spend a lot of time sitting. So apply ice packs on the painful area or take warm baths to soothe the pain.
Braxton Hicks contraction:
As you enter the mid-pregnancy phase you will start to have irregular contractions in your stomach known as Braxton Hicks. These are known to increase in frequency and strength as you progress in your pregnancy phase.
The tips and guidelines here should help you sail through your 32nd week of pregnancy. Keep yourself informed, maintain a healthy diet, light exercise regimen, and visit your OB for scheduled check-ups.