Prenatal Development – Week 32 – What’s Happening This Week?

Sunday July 15, 2018

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At 32 weeks pregnant, you only have 9 more weeks left in your pregnancy and it may feel as if your body is changing every single day. Your baby should weigh about four pounds by now and is around a foot in length from the top of its head to the buttocks.

Since your baby is growing and taking up more space in the uterus, there will be less room for them to move around, which means that you may not feel movement as frequently as you previously did, and when you do, the kicks may not be as strong. If you are concerned that your baby is not moving around enough, you can practice kick counting, looking for no less than 10 kicks in a two hour period. If you find that the baby is not moving at least 10 times within two hours, you should immediately contact your doctor.

Your baby will continue to develop layers of fat underneath the skin, the arms and legs should be fully developed, and proportionate to the size of the baby. The hair on the baby’s head will continue to grow, and the thin hairs that once covered the baby’s body have almost completely fallen out.

You may still be suffering from heartburn or indigestion, and breathlessness, and you may find you are retaining fluid throughout your entire body. If you see spots or small flashing lights while you are resting, experience a sudden swelling in the face, suffer from stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, then you must contact your doctor, because these are all signs of preeclampsia, which is a very serious health issue that can lead to your death or the death of your baby.

It is important for you to discuss your birth plan as delivery comes closer. It is a good idea to have your birth plan written down, so that your partner, as well as your nurses, know what you will need. This is also a good time to start making a list of the items you want to take with you to the hospital.

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