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32 Weeks Pregnant

Your Pregnancy Week by Week

*Counting from the first day of your last menstrual period

Your Baby at 32 Weeks

Your baby is the weight of a spaghetti squash at 32 weeks pregnant - Pregnancy Week By Week Size: 16.69 inches (42.4 cm) - crown to heel
Weight: 3.75 pounds (1702 grams)

Right now your baby is filling their days with lots of preparation for birth. As fat stores continue to deposit, baby is taking on a more solid appearance and losing the almost transparent skin they had before. Since about the 20th week, your baby has been secreting a waxy, white substance known as Vernix to protect their skin. Vernix is comprised of oil and skin cells and helps form a barrier between your baby's watery home and their tender new skin. Some Vernix may still be present at birth, but it will be washed away with the first bath.

Have you seen a spaghetti squash in the grocery? If you haven't take a look on your next shopping trip - because your baby is about the same weight this week. Right now, he or she is on target to gain at least 2 more pounds before the end of this month, and the powerful brain is still creating neurons and connections that are essential for normal bodily functions.

You may not feel the baby moving as much as before, but close quarters have your little one pushing, stretching and flexing now - as opposed to those kicks you felt earlier on. Even though these movements are smaller, they are still very important so let your doctor know if you notice any decreases in movement.

Mom at 32 Weeks Pregnant

Mom at 32 weeks pregnant - Pregnancy Week By Week Your uterus is now 5 inches above your belly button and your intestines are pushed upward, and off to each side - located under the ribs now, as opposed to the abdominal cavity where they were before.

Changes in location, combined with hormonal relaxation of the muscle wall may leave you with some digestive troubles around this time as well. Just like in the months before--heartburn, constipation, and indigestion may be a normal part of your daily routine once again. Try eating small, frequent meals and sitting upright for at least thirty minutes after eating to help your stomach contents stay down.

Increasing pressure from the weight of the uterus (and hormones, of course) is also keeping your lower half from circulating blood as it normally would. As a result, you can expect your varicose veins, hemorrhoids and leg cramps to continue. If any of these are causing discomfort, talk with your doctor.

Common Symptoms:
The coming weeks will bring more of the same physical symptoms, but you may begin to feel a tiny bit more nervous as well. As the big day approaches, make sure to talk with those close to you about any concerns or uncertainties that you may have.

It's very normal to have feelings of apprehension or anxiety when your baby's due date draws closer. Just remember that millions of women have done this before you, and you can do it too.

Weight Gain:
You might feel like a beached whale right about now, or you may want to run the closest 5K, but despite your energy level, your weight gain should be somewhere in the ballpark of about 20-21 pounds or so if you are carrying just one baby.

Tips/Advice:
Take it easy, cut back on all strenuous activities if you feel overly tired. Walking is still a great way to get exercise without straining yourself, as is swimming. Some classes are also designed with the mom-to-be in mind - so keep your eye out for prenatal yoga or aerobics classes. Your growing belly is probably making it more difficult to continue some exercise programs, so adjust your routine and keep the high-impact exercises (like running, aerobics and kickboxing) on hold for the next few months.

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** Note: Every baby develops at a different rate. The numbers provided are averages based on a "typical" pregnancy. Your baby's size and weight may vary significantly. Your healthcare provider is the best person to interpret information on your baby's size, weight, health and development during your ultrasounds and pregnancy.

Community Comments (9)

Comment from JazzyMa25 » Posted Jul. 3, 2013 10:12pm
Starting to feel pressure in my pelvis. Sometime my pelvis is sore, but that's only when I'm moving around too much (walking, cleaning, etc.) and then lay down which is when it seems like my hips and muscles lock up, making it difficult to move. I'm still loving every bit of this pregnancy and I can't wait for this little get to come so I can hug and kiss her all the time! 5 weeks until full term, 8 weeks until the due date!!!

Comment from MillerbabyThree » Posted Jun. 24, 2013 3:41am
Yay I'm 8 MONTHS!!! 7 weeks left until I hold my baby girl :)

Comment from Preciousbby4 » Posted Jun. 22, 2013 5:26pm
hello 32 weeks!!! Happy to be 8 month's pregnant!!!!

Comment from 2Beemee » Posted Feb. 1, 2012 3:11am
At 32 weeks am now having bouts of anxiety here and there.. Baby's movements still there and getting STRONGER and more visible as time goes by. Last week I had started getting dizzy spells and blind spells. Doc found my blood count low and prescribed blood builders and now am stronger than ever. Am back to my power walks..yeeey!! I love my baby!!!


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