Hello mommies, in today’s post we are going to be talking about your 32 weeks pregnancy and ultrasound, as usual, you are going to learn about pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, prenatal visit and your baby’s ultrasound of course, are you ready? let’s begin.
At 32-weeks you are officially 8 months pregnant, you have still 8 more weeks to go!!!
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How Big Is Your Baby at 32-weeks pregnant?
Your baby at 32-weeks will be as big as a Squash. The average 32-week fetus weighs about 3.7 to 4 lbs. or 1700 grams, and measures about 28 centimeters long.
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Normal symptoms at 32-weeks pregnant!!!
Braxton Hicks contractions: Contractions are most likely getting frequent and stronger as time goes by. There’s one big difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and the real deal, Braxton Hicks will go away. Real contractions don’t, they just keep coming. Women who are 32 weeks pregnant with twins are at higher risk for preterm labor, so definitely watch for contractions that don’t go away.
Vaginal discharge: Increased discharge is your body’s way of preparing for delivery, it prevents infection on the vagina( Birth canal ). Keep your eye out for the mucus plug this thick, gooey (sometimes bloody) substance covers the cervix until a few days (or just hours) before labor when your body expels it. Another thing to keep an eye on discharge that seems more like a watery liquid. If you’re having a constant flow that’s more like water than discharge, your water might have broken, causing a slow leak. If that’s the case, call the OB and get to the hospital ASAP.
Shortness of breath: As your uterus keeps expanding, the compression against your lungs keeps increasing, causing you to feel short of breath. Don’t push yourself too hard, and slow down.
Leaky boobs: That yellow liquid is baby’s first food called colostrum, and also your body’s practicing for nurturing.
Frequent urination: Now that your uterus is putting a lot of pressure on your bladder, your trips to the bathroom might be more frequent.
Other symptoms such as Constipation, Leg cramps, Hemorrhoids, Itchy skin, Round ligament pain, General lower back, and abdominal mild aches might be present, all part of the normal list of symptoms at this time.
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Fetal development at 32 weeks!!
Baby’s brain and nervous systems is still maturing, a process that will continue even after birth.
The limbs are becoming more strong, smooth and plump.
The skin appears to be at this time in a healthy color, As fat accumulates under the skin, it’s no longer transparent and is now opaque.
The fingernails are growing fast, you might need to trim them soon after the baby is born.
Testicles are nearly completed their descent out of the body into the scrotum by now if you are expecting a boy.
The major development at this time is the immune system, your baby is acquiring immunity to many infections as the protective antibodies in your blood pass through the placenta into his/her blood.
In these past few weeks, your baby is practicing swallowing, breathing, kicking and sucking. In anticipation of that transition to mouth feeding, your baby’s digestive system is all set and ready to go.
Your baby’s looking more and more like a newborn.
Your baby is sleeping like a baby with regular sleep and wake cycles (which would also account for the decrease in movement you’re likely feeling these days).
What to know about doctor visits?
You’ll be keeping tabs on how often the baby’s moving and whether his or her movements are consistent from day to day.
Here’s how you do it: Pick a time of day and set a timer. See how long it takes to get to 10 fetal movements it should be less than two hours.
A 32-weeks pregnant belly should measure about 30 to 34 centimeters from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone. Sometime between now and around week 34, the baby will “drop” from up near your ribs to down near your pelvis, where he or she will hang out in the head-down position until delivery.
You’ll be weighed and your blood pressure will be taken. You may be asked to give a urine sample to check for signs of preeclampsia, urinary tract infections, and other problems.
On the routine doctor visits, these parameters are still checked.
Your weight gain.
Heart rate with Doppler(of the baby)
Signs of preterm labor.
At 32 week some doctors do an Ultrasound to perform measurements on the baby, remember your last ultrasound with measurements was done on the Anatomy scan at week 18-20, This Ultrasound will check the following things:
Size of the baby.
Amniotic fluid index.
Doppler of the heart.
This is what you can expect from your 32-week ultrasound.
Fetal measurements are as follow Head ( Biparietal Diameter and Head Circumference), Abdominal circumference and Femur Length.
Tips for You This Week
Learn Early Labor Signs
If you’re like a lot of pregnant moms, you’re probably wondering how you’ll know for sure that you’re in labor. Learn the signs of early labor, just in case: water breaking, period-like cramps, vaginal bleeding, diarrhea, and a tightening feeling in your uterus.
Keep yourself hydrated at all times, it will not only prevent you from getting into early labor, but also will help the placenta produce enough amniotic fluid for your baby, and also keeps your body and kidneys working efficiently and smoothly.
In general don’t stress out about weight gain or stretch marks, snack frequent and small portions, try to get ready for the big moment so you don’t have to be running at the last minute, keep your skin moisturized, try to stay active if you can, appropriate exercises will keep your pelvis muscles strong for delivery.
Here you have the most useful information about your 32-week Pregnancy. You learn today about your baby development, Prenatal care (doctor visits) and Fetal Ultrasound at 32-weeks.
I hope this information helps you somehow. On my next post, I will be talking about 33-week pregnancy and ultrasound.
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