With the beginning of week 32, you are done with most of your task of carrying a baby. You are only two months away from delivering a baby and making an addition to your family. You might feel anxious or excited at the same times regarding childbirth as you are about to deliver the bundle of joy.
The size of the baby
The size of the baby resembles the head of the lettuce.
Weight/height of the baby
The height of the baby during week 32 is around 42.5 cms or 16.7 inches while the weight of the baby is around 1.6-1.8 kgs or 3.7- 4 pounds.
About your baby
The organs and the bones of the baby are now developed. The baby gets stronger and bigger during the last few weeks with increased growth within the uterus. The deposition of fats starts within this week leading to more opaque fetus rather than the translucent baby. The nails of the baby have also completed their formation. The bones of the baby mold within the right shape while they are still malleable and soft. The head is comparatively larger to the rest of the body. During the 32nd week, the baby flips down in head-down posture to get ready for the delivery as after few weeks, the baby has to move through the birth canal. Apart from developmental changes within the baby, some noticeable changes are also experienced by the mom-to-be within the pelvic area and the belly.
About your body
The body also starts gearing up for the important task of childbirth. There are numerous changes within your body with increased belly size and fluctuation of hormonal levels. The stretch marks become visible over the belly.
The symptoms which you might experience during week 32 include leaking breasts, heartburn or indigestion, constipation, fatigue, Braxton hick’s contractions, and others.
Do & Don’ts
• Engage yourself in light exercises.
• Avoid being extremely active as you should be resting during the last few weeks.
• Buy comfortable clothes for your expanding belly.
• Pack your bag for the hospital.
• You might feel clumsy during the last few weeks but it is essential to perform light exercises.
• Consume a balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables in order to supply the baby with essential nutrients.
• Complete your nursery preps as you might deliver the baby anytime soon.
• Ask for the maternity leave before leaving the job.