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32nd Pregnancy Week


Your Pregnancy Week by Week

3rd Trimester: Pregnancy Week 32

Welcome to the world of parenting!

An exciting journey is about to start and Mothercare, through this journal, is going to be by your side and advise you throughout your pregnancy weeks.

Get informed about everything that parents need to know such as pregnancy, baby growth, body and psychology changes, doctor examinations and appointments and of course parturition, breastfeeding and baby care.

Our midwife and lactation consultant IBCLC Ms Georgia Leze every week is going to show you a special path to a healthy and happy baby.


Pregnancy Week 32

You might be getting to the point where you just want to start your maternity leave! You’ll be feeling increasingly tired as baby gets heavier. Your baby will be practising all their amazing skills that are necessary for the world, including swallowing, breathing, kicking and sucking.

Even if you’re finding it harder to rest now, your baby is sure to be enjoying their own sweet dreams.

  • the nesting instinct might have kicked in
  • enjoy having a cuppa with other mums-to-be
  • remember to relax and rest as much as possible

Υou at Pregnancy Week 32

If eight solid hours of sleep is proving a bit tricky, try to grab catnaps during the day to keep you going. Get in the habit now, as once your baby is born, everyone will be recommending you "sleep when baby sleeps"!

As far as pregnancy symptoms at week 32 go, it’s not uncommon to spring a little leak if you cough, laugh or sneeze. This is due to your little darling pressing on your bladder. Regular pelvic floor exercises can help. If you think this water could be leaking amniotic fluid, phone your doctor or midwife for advice. Amniotic fluid is usually colourless and may have a slightly sweet smell.

Υour baby at Pregnancy Week 32

Your baby isn't so little anymore! They now measure around 42cm and weigh about 1.7kgs. Their skin is soft, smooth and a lot less transparent as they continue to take on fat.

You may notice that your baby is moving differently now too. Their sleep patterns are much the same as adults, and your baby may even be dreaming! If you are ever worried about your baby's regular movements, see your doctor or midwife straight away. Although your baby is not constantly moving with movements that you perceive there are actions that can help you calm down if you do not listen to him for a while that was usually active. Try eating something sweet or something cold and lying on your left side. Your baby will respond positively and you don’t need to worry if you feel more than 10 movements in an hour.

Your baby will very likely have moved into the head down position by now, but don’t worry if not, there’s still plenty of time. However, try special exercises to help it return to a better position and improve the conditions of a normal labor.


Τhings to do in Pregnancy Week 32

Make your own appointment for your next visit to the doctor or midwife accompanied by the third major ultrasound of your pregnancy, the Doppler ultrasound. Through this examination you will have the opportunity to see your baby again taking an amazing 4d photo of it at home. But it is important that this ultrasound will give you the answer of adequate or insufficient development and blood perfusion of your baby. Also be sure to carry out your necessary laboratory tests this week and provide your results at the next visit.

If you're wondering at 32 weeks pregnant what to expect, get ready for that nesting instinct. Preparing your baby's own special room is an exciting way to indulge these feelings. You'll spend plenty of time in here changing nappies, feeding, napping and cuddling. Take a look at our nursery buying guides for tips and advice.

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