Note: The length, weight and size mentioned below are only a guideline, as these vary from baby to baby and from one pregnancy to another.
What is going on with your baby during week 32?
From head to toe your baby almost measures at 18 inches, and weighs about 4 pounds.
Baby's foot or other body part can be felt around your ribcage from time to time. That's because baby is running out of room.
Baby's kicks and movements may seem more muffled now because of the shortage of space.
Fewer than 10 movements in 2 hours is a cause for concern - contact your doctor.
Week 32 Fetus
Changes in you at this stage Week 32
You are probably running out of patience!
You may experience shooting pains down your legs during the day and bad leg cramps at night.
Many women go through fatigue and PMS like symptoms.
Sleeping comfortably is getting more and more difficult.
You are gaining about a pound a week and about a half of that goes to your baby.
Due to increased blood circulation your eyelids and face are becoming puffy mostly in the mornings.
Good to Know in Week 32
The bigger you get belly wise the harder it can be to have sex. If your baby drops early penetration may be unpleasant and even painful.
Another impediment to sex in the third trimester is your aching back.
Dilation is measured in centimeters with the cervix opening from 0-10 cm or 4 inches during labor. Dilation is gauged by your health care provider when the opening of the cervix is examined during a pelvic exam.
Wholesome Advice in Week 32
You may want to invest in some proper maternity support underwear or a maternity belt specially designed to give you the much needed back and belly support. Maternity belts are designed to fit right under your belly and are expandable.
If you are too busy to eat proper meals, don't be tempted to fill up on empty calories. Ideally you should regular meals but when that's not possible, fill up on fresh or dried fruit, muesli bars and yogurt. Stock up these snacks in your desk drawer if you are working.
Take calcium supplements with food to aid absorption of the mineral.
Your actions can impact your baby's growth at this stage
When Dining out is frequent
Hidden fats are something you should be concerned about if you eat out often or are gaining too much.
Words to look out for include pan-fried, crispy, fried, creamed, buttery, au-gratin etc.
Instead choose grilled, baked or steamed foods from the menu or check with the waiter if 'good' fat like olive oil can be used or if the oils and other fatty ingredients can be omitted when your dish is being prepared.
Walking like swimming or yoga, is good in the final trimester and if you don't have time for work out, walking can be easily built into your daily routine.
Keep up your walking routine for as long as you can (this can come handy when you go into labor) but avoid paths and trails that can throw you off balance.
As you move closer to your due date you may feel safer walking a closer distance to your home or your car in case of any emergencies.
Common Concerns in in Week 32
Does labor hurt the baby?
Although the route from the uterus to the outside world is relatively short, it can be a challenging journey. Your baby is squeezed and pushed down the vaginal canal during the toughest phase of labor. The bony passageway of the mother's pelvis makes it harder as well. As such, baby's heartbeat slows down in intervals during the journey but this is expected and not a cause for concern.
Will my pubic hair be shaved?
Shaving a pregnant woman's hair used to be a standard practice in the past to prepare a clean site before delivery. However shaving is rare these days as it is known that hair doesn't cause infections so this routine is no longer practised.
Weekly Nutrition advice in Week 32
Some foods that we take for granted are in actual fact quite handy. One such example is potatoes, which are underrated but are actually very nutritious. Try and include them in your diet.
A potato contains about 3mg (1oz) of protein, together with calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin plus seven times as much Vitamin C as an apple.
To cut back on calories, don't fry them. Instead cook them with their jackets by baking or boiling them whole. If you peel them first before cooking, much of the fiber, protein and vitamins will be lost.
Milk is another useful food; it is easy to consume and is packed with protein, calcium together with Vitamins A & D. Low fat or skimmed is preferred over full cream.
Some of you may not like the taste of milk so use it on cereals, custards or eat cheese or yoghurt. If you are allergic to milk, ensure you find the right substitutes to provide your body with the nutrients such as calcium which your body needs.
Your daily needs will be met through your diet alone if you include the following foods on a daily basis: milk or yoghurt, eggs, fish, lean meat, whole grain foods (brown bread, rice or pasta) fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, fruit juices, nuts and dried fruits.
Calcium can be found in leafy vegetables, dried peas, beans, lentils, and nuts. Calcium supplements help too especially if you are allergic to dairy products; if taken in the compound form you would need 1200mg daily.
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