Pregnancy Calendar Week 32

YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 32

From head to toe, your baby is about 18 inches long and a little over 4 pounds, roughly the size of a small watermelon. Rapid growth continues with your little one putting on more weight throughout the rest of your pregnancy. And this week marks an exciting milestone: Your baby is now using all five of her senses! In your life, back pain and peeing problems may be what’s plaguing you most.

Your Body

At 32 weeks pregnant, you’ve likely joined together with the majority of moms-to-be who agonize with a sore, stiff, painful back and bladder control troubles.

Backaches

Your baby is growing and getting bigger, and that’s a good thing! But what’s not so good is suffering with the pregnancy back pain that affects most expecting mothers, especially in the last couple of months.If you’ve got an aching back, weight gain, posture changes, hormonal changes and stress may all be contributing to the soreness and pain that you’re experiencing.Although back pain usually subsides slowly but surely after you give birth, backaches during pregnancy can be very bothersome, if not debilitating. But, there’s a lot you can do to help curb the pain:

  • Use proper posture. Slouching puts strain on your spine, so improve your posture when sitting, standing, exercising and sleeping. One example: To keep better posture while seated at a desk, put a rolled-up towel behind your back for support, sit up straight and put your feet up on a stool.
  • Alternate application of heat and cold. Start with cold compresses (like a bag of ice wrapped in a towel) on the painful area for 20-30 minutes each day for a few days. Then, switch to heat using a heating pad. Remember not to apply heat to your abdomen while you’re pregnant.
  • Exercise daily to strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility, which can ease stress on your back.
  • Sitting too long can strain your back, so be sure to break up sitting time by taking walks and stretching.
  • Sleep with a body pillow to reduce back stress.
  • Wear a belly sling to help relieve back pain.
  • Avoid lifting heavy items. When lifting anything, bend at the knees and lift with your arms and legs (not your back).
  • Take warm baths to help relax your back muscles.
  • Try acupuncture, a viable option for back pain. Talk with your doctor about this as a potential treatment if you’re interested.
  • See a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can be safe during pregnancy, but talk with your doctor first to make sure this is a good option for you.

Incontinence

Does it feel like you’re peeing all the time these days? And is all that peeing coming along with occasional urine leaks?If you’re over there nodding your head, we know that the involuntary urination you’re experiencing is undoubtedly distressing and it has probably caused an embarrassing moment or two for you.This very common pregnancy symptom is giving you angst right now for a few key reasons: First, the hormone progesterone has relaxed all of your internal muscles, including the muscle around your bladder. Add to that the fact that your growing baby keeps expanding your uterus, which puts increased pressure on your bladder. Finally, you’re drinking more liquids now because you and your baby need them. All of this is the perfect storm for more peeing and, unfortunately, involuntary urine leakage.So, what’s a pregnant woman to do? Try these tips to help minimize the problems that come along with frequent peeing while pregnant:

  • Wear a pad to absorb any urine that leaks out.
  • Do your Kegels. Aim for at least 3 sets of 30 every day.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and sodas.
  • When coughing, sneezing or laughing, cross your legs to help stop a leak that you know may be coming.
  • Get on a regular urination schedule where you pee every hour or so, which will help keep your bladder relatively empty.
  • When going out, restrict your fluids ahead of time to avoid accidents away from home.

Your Baby

In the 32nd week of pregnancy, your baby is getting signals from all of her senses and she’s plumping up more every day.

Your baby is using all five senses.

Thanks to trillions of brain connections that have been developing, your baby is now taking in information from all five of her senses! Touch, taste, hearing, smell and sight—your little one is exploring and experiencing her world in the womb with all of them. But, some of her senses are getting more mileage than others. While all of your baby’s senses are being used to some degree, experts say that hearing and touch are the most fine-tuned before birth with sight developing more slowly.

Your baby is rapidly gaining weight.

Up until now, your baby has been putting on pounds fairly slowly. But, she’s ready to ramp up the weight gain. From here on out, you can expect your baby to gain about ½ to 1 pound each week as she fattens up for her big debut soon. At this point, your uterus now has more baby than amniotic fluid, which can mean sharper-feeling kicks and punches from baby. With less fluid, there’s less of a cushion to blunt those jabs inside your belly. In the grand scheme of your weight gain, you’ll have put on a total of 25-35 pounds by the end of your pregnancy if your overall weight gain has been average.

Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow

To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 32:

Pack healthy snacks when you’re on the go.

Throughout your pregnancy, it’s important to keep to a healthy diet, even when you’re out and about. So, be sure to pack good-for-you pregnancy snacks when you head out the door. Nutrient-rich foods like low-fat cheese, apple slices with peanut butter, vegetables with hummus and nuts are all great options.

Stretching and massage are good for you and your baby.

In addition to traditional exercise like walking and swimming, you’ll want to make stretching and massage a part of your daily routine. They’re very effective in helping you reduce stress, which can increase blood and nutrient flow to your baby. Do some stretching each evening and ask your partner to rub your feet before you go to bed tonight to help relax your mind and body.

Things You Should Do

  • Prepare your plan for getting to the hospital when you go into labor.
  • Learn how all of your new baby gear works now, before you become beyond busy when baby arrives.

Words You Should Know

Baby Blues: Following childbirth, this is a mild depression that some mothers experience as the result of hormonal swings and the natural slow-down after the excitement of birth.

Belly Sling: A crisscross sling that supports a pregnant woman’s belly and reduces strain on her lower back.

Latching On: In breastfeeding, when the baby takes the nipple and areola properly into the mouth.

Pelvimetry: Measurement of the birth canal to determine if a vaginal delivery is possible.

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