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What Your Baby and Body Look Like at 32 Weeks Pregnant

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What Your Baby and Body Look Like at 32 Weeks Pregnant

So you're 32 weeks pregnant? Congratulations! You're getting quite close to your delivery date. You're likely feeling all sorts of feelings, from nervousness to excitement to anticipation. If you're wondering what your body and baby are going through at this stage, then we've got all the info for you! Keep reading to find out all about your body and baby at 32 weeks.

Key Points

  • Your uterus will measure about five inches above your navel at this point. It will be pushing on all of your other organs, causing certain side effects.
  • If any of the symptoms of pregnancy that you experience get severe, you can always talk to your doctor.
  • Be aware of the signs of preeclampsia, and seek medical attention if you believe you might have it.

Body Changes at 32 Weeks Pregnant

At 32 weeks pregnant, your uterus is measuring about five inches above your navel and is pushing your organs every which way (wherever there is room). This may cause heartburn or constipation.

In order to lessen the symptoms of constipation, drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber. If it gets really uncomfortable and you are unable to have a bowel movement without pain, talk to your healthcare provider about stool softeners.

Heartburn may become more of a problem as the uterus pushes up on the stomach. In order to minimize heartburn and indigestion, eat frequent small meals instead of fewer larger ones.

You may be experiencing breathlessness and fluid retention. Varicose veins, swollen ankles, hands and face are all symptoms of fluid retention. If the swelling is sudden it can be a sign of preeclampsia.

This condition causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms, since this condition can affect both the mother and fetus during the second half of pregnancy.

Your Baby's Growth and Development at 32 Weeks Pregnant

During week 32 of pregnancy, your baby is about four pounds and 11.4 inches from head to toe. Your baby will have an excellent chance of survival outside the womb if you deliver now.

Your baby is larger, so there will be less room for him or her to move around. His or her kicks or movements may be less frequent.

The final touches are being placed on your baby masterpiece. Eyelashes, eyebrows, and the hair on your baby's head are evident. The lanugo hair that has covered your baby since the beginning of the second trimester is falling off, although some may remain on the shoulders and back at birth.

By the time you are 32 weeks pregnant, all of your baby's five senses are also functional, including hearing. This means that your baby is becoming familiar with all sorts of noises within his or her surroundings, including your heartbeat and digestion.

Your baby's arms and legs are fully proportional in relation to the size of the head. The hair on their head continues to grow while the lanugo continues to fall off.

Things to Do at 32 Weeks Pregnant

At 32 weeks pregnant, there's some things you'll want to be doing to keep yourself and your baby happy. You'll also want to make sure you're making the adequate preparations for the arrival of your new family member. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure you consult your doctor.

Figure out where you want to give birth. If you haven't decided this already, now is the time to start thinking seriously about it. You can give birth in a hospital, birthing center, or at home. Each option has its own pros and cons, so consider them carefully before making a decision. Most women choose to give birth in a hospital, but the choice is yours.

Prepare for the arrival of your baby. If you haven't started buying supplies for your new baby yet, you'll want to start doing that now. You only have around 5-10 weeks left until your baby arrives, so you want to get going. Giving yourself ample time to shop will produce less stress for you, and will ensure you have everything ready when the baby comes.

Keep up with all prenatal appointments. You'll likely be seeing your doctor quite frequently at this point. Make sure you keep all of your appointments, and only reschedule if absolutely necessary. If there's an issue with you or with the baby, it's important for your doctor to know about it as soon as possible.

Manage your mental health. This time can be stressful, confusing, and anxious. It's important that you take care of your mental health, for the sake of both you and your baby. If you're finding that it's a struggle to manage your mental health, seek help from your doctor or from a mental health professional. They can help you manage your emotions so you and your baby can be healthy and happy.


So there you have it. Everything you need to know about being 32 weeks pregnant. There's a lot to know at this stage, so hopefully you're feeling more informed now. If you have any questions or concerns, always seek out the advice of a qualified medical professional. Your doctor is your greatest ally during your pregnancy, and has all the resources you need to be happy and healthy. Feel free to check out some of our other articles on pregnancy, childbirth, and living with a newborn.

The information in this article should not be taken as professional medical or legal advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor for any medical questions or concerns. Always seek the advice of a qualified attorney for any legal questions or concerns. Moms Who Think is not responsible for any outcomes that may arise as a result of actions taken based on information we provide. It is your responsibility to do your own research and to take the appropriate measures to protect your health. It is also your responsibility to do your own research regarding legal matters.

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