Pregnant at 32 Weeks? What's Going On with Your Baby and Your Body
Your pregnancy is quickly coming to an end, but that doesn't mean there aren't any new things going on with your baby and your body at 32 weeks pregnant.
Your Body at 32 Weeks Pregnant
When you're pregnant at 32 weeks, Braxton-Hicks contractions are probably becoming more common. If these contractions or your impending birth have you feeling anxious, talk with a friend or female relative—just tell them that scary birth stories are off-limits! You don't need to hear them.
Your body has changed drastically, from your belly button to your breasts. If your belly button is becoming an "outie" now,, don't worry because it will go back in after birth. If your breasts are feeling heavy or causing your back to ache, make sure that you're wearing a well-fitting bra.
Dehydration is a concern during pregnancy. Staying hydrated with lots of water and eating healthy foods can help you feel your best when you're 32 weeks pregnant.
Your Baby at 32 Weeks Pregnant
If you’re feeling uncomfortable this late in your pregnancy, you're not alone! Your baby is getting squished in your uterus and is running out of room with every passing day. She's gaining layers of fat all over her body and her skin is turning less translucent. Movement is also important for your baby at 32 weeks because this is helping her muscles develop.
Ultrasounds have shown that a baby at 32 weeks has similar brain patterns to an adult when sleeping. This has led some researchers to wonder if babies dream while they're sleeping inside the womb. What do you think your baby is dreaming of?
What to Consider When You're 32 Weeks Pregnant
If your hospital bag isn't packed yet, you should take the time to put one together. Pack your favorite pajamas, some comfortable slippers and other comforts of home to make your time in the hospital as pleasant as possible. Don't forget a special outfit for your baby to come home in!
If you haven't decided on a name yet, don't worry! Many parents want to wait until their babies are born before deciding on a baby name. It is a good idea to have a list of potential names to make the process easier once the baby is born.
At some point in the next few weeks, your healthcare provider will determine which position your baby is in. If your baby is head down, you're in good shape. If your baby is breech when you're pregnant at 32 weeks, your provider will do another check later on to make sure the baby has moved into the proper position. You should also discuss your pain relief options with your provider to know which methods are right for you.
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