It’s hard to believe that your baby will be considered term in just a month! Here’s what’s going on with you and your baby during the 32nd week of pregnancy!
Your Body at 32 Weeks Pregnant
The distance from the top of your uterus from your pubic bone is just shy of 13 inches! If you were to measure from your navel to the top of your uterus, it’d measure around 12 centimeters!
You’re most likely finding yourself needing to use the bathroom often. As your uterus continues to expand in order to accommodate your ever-growing baby, your bladder is being compressed in the process! This can be very uncomfortable and even annoying, but be sure to go when you feel the urge! You’ll leave yourself susceptible to a bladder or urinary tract infection if you don’t!
You may feel as though you simply can’t catch your breath recently. As your baby continues to move further up into your ribcage, your lungs are becoming compressed. Although you may feel like you can’t breathe, you’re most likely fine and so is your baby. If you’re concerned, however, don’t be afraid to discuss this with your caregiver.
You may find yourself feeling an urge to clean, scour and scrub every surface in your home! Although these urges may feel excessive, they’re normal and are a part of the nesting instinct; a phenomenon seen in pregnant women preparing for their baby’s arrival.
Your Baby at 32 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is right around 4 pounds and is a whopping 19 inches long!
Your baby will continue to pack on fat during the coming weeks and their hair and nails will continue to grow. As your baby nears their due date, their lungs will become more mature. The lungs are one of the last things your baby’s body work on preparing before birth and the last few weeks are very important for the development of the lungs!
The amount of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby will peak during this week and remain constant until your baby’s birth. The amniotic fluid is replaced by the body every few hours, so it’s important for you to remain hydrated. Dehydration can lead to premature labor.
90% of babies who are born during the 32nd week survive, provided they are born in a medical setting.
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