My body

changes in the body
What to expect
You are gaining a lot of weight now – about 400 gm a week. You will be waddling like a duck or penguin. You may be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions – uterus tightening and hardening from time to time. They stop when you change position. You may develop pelvic pain, which can be quite severe. It is not about harm to your baby.You will be having many vivid and strange dreams and daydreams!

Your baby

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide
What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Tender Coconut (roughly 40 cms long and nearly 1.5 Kg in weight).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size
What to expect
Baby’s major organs except for lungs are fully formed. Baby has a functioning urinary system and is passing out urine. He/she is practising a lot on how to survive in the outside world – swallowing, breathing, kicking and sucking.  Baby lays head pointing downwards (cephalic presentation). If not, not to worry, there is still time for your baby to turn.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide
Tips
  • Take frequent rests. It will help you with your tiredness.
  • You may lose your appetite. Be extra vigilant and make sure you have frequent small meals to keep up nutrition levels.
  • Learn the signs of early labour. You will be relieved that all babies born at this stage or later survive and go on to have very healthy, normal lives when attended to.
  • Be aware of signs of premature labour – bleeding, cramping, contractions and leaking of fluid.
  • Consider how you might feel after birth and prepare yourself
      • about stitches you may need as the result of a surgical cut,
      • going to the toilet,
      • bladder control or
      • bleeding that could take place.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor
Questions to ask
  1. What are the signs of early labour?
  2. Is my baby in the right position?
  3. Do I need to have a Vitamin K injection just after giving birth?
  4. I get contractions. Am I going into labour?
  5. What are my options for pain relief during pregnancy?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide
Actions
  1. Have your iron supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  2. Attend your antenatal appointment.
  3. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor.
  4. Find out about which signs you should act upon immediately.
  5. Have your hospital bag ready.

Questions you may have

“Baby will try to settle head down and bottom up position in preparation for birth because it is easier for baby to come out head first during birth. Turning into position can take place right in the end! At week 36 when my little one hadn’t taken position my doctor tried to encourage my baby to take position! Sometimes babies come out bottom first or breech.”

“Contact your doctor immediately, 

      • In case there is pain, swelling or redness appears in the calf muscle of one leg
      • If you have pain in your chest and there is difficulty in breathing
      • There is sudden or very heavy blood loss from your vagina, you feel faint and your heart beat is very rapid
      • You have fever, sore and a tender tummy
      • There is headache, changes in your vision and vomiting

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