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Fetal Development: Week 32

Week 32 of your Pregnancy

With just 2 months to go, you are probably feeling a real mix of excitement, expectations and  apprehension!

Your baby now weighs around 4 to 4½ pounds or 1.8 to 2 kg this week and is about 17 inches or 43 cm long.

Your baby has now put on enough weight to make him/her look a little chubby!

Your baby now has fully formed fingernails and toenails.

Pregnancy Week 32

Fetal brain scans have shown that babies at this stage have rapid eye movement (REM), which means they can dream!

Baby may have turned into the head down position by now, ready for birth.

If not, baby still has time and most babies are in the head down position by 36 weeks.

In about 4% of pregnancies, babies stay in the breech (head up) position.

What to Expect

Unfortunately this is the start of the more uncomfortable stage of pregnancy with shortness of breath, fatigue, varicose veins, leg cramps, insomnia, swollen feet, constipation and hemorrhoids causing your discomfort.

Getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated and making sure you have plenty of fiber in your diet may alleviate some of these symptoms.

Due to the cramped space inside the uterus, you may notice that baby’s movements are decreasing and are less forceful.

At 32 weeks, most health care providers will want to start seeing you every two weeks instead of just once a month.

Tips for Week 32

Finding your underwear needs constant adjusting? Time for some retail therapy and new comfortable pregnancy friendly underwear.

Have you made a decision on whether or not you plan to save your baby’s cord blood?

Make yourself a non-alcoholic cocktail. Then put your feet up and sip away!

 

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