Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 32nd Week
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You are in the 32nd week of pregnancy with your baby that you will happily raise. The excitement increases day by day, and you want to take your baby in your arms as soon as possible. In the 32nd week of pregnancy, you wonder how your baby is doing and how he is reacting. Not only mothers but also fathers join this adventure of curiosity. For this beautiful curiosity, “How is the week progressing?”, “What changes are occurring in the baby?” Let’s take a look at questions like.
Baby at 32nd Week
Your little one has now reached a level where they behave like a complete baby and carry out their daily routines. The 32-week-old baby sleeps, wakes up, moves, can’t stand still, and even feels different parts of his body… Let’s see how much your baby has developed in many other areas.
How Big Has My Baby got?
Your little one, who started to behave like a full baby, has reached the size of a gourd as of the 32nd week of pregnancy. The 32-week-old baby’s weight and fetal length measurements are approximate as follows.
Gestational Age (Weeks)
There may be changes in the values in the table. After you leave the doctor, you can compare your little one’s height and mass values with this table. Its mass and length may be less or more significant. Such changes are not changes to worry about. As you know, little ones complete their development by taking your genes. It is necessary to consider a genetic transfer in such changes and not forget that there are always individual differences in development.
Development of Systems and Newly Acquired Skills
The development of organs is the most important thing for a baby. Babies who are 32 weeks old have developed all systems except the respiratory and digestive systems. Babies born within these weeks are called premature babies. Under medical precautions, they can survive and complete their remaining development. Organ and system developments in 32-week-old babies are as follows.
Your baby, who has been advancing the finger sucking reflex for a long time, now has a continuous sucking reflex this week. The fact that his brain and skull are close to fully developed increases the sensitivity of nerve endings.
He can feel the tactile responses in his body, such as touch, pressure, warmth, and coldness.
He can tell you his feelings with facial expressions. You can be happy, sad, and angry and convey this with your facial expressions.
With the development of his brain, he has provided a sleep pattern, turned into a baby who sleeps and wakes up whenever he wants and controls his movements.
The circulatory system
Your baby, whose heart rate is around 140-150 per minute on average, decreases in heart rhythm as of the 32nd week. Your pup, who has begun to be affected by your heart rhythm, may experience changes in heart rhythm according to your emotional states. Therefore, try to remain calm during these weeks.
Continuing to swallow the amniotic fluid, your baby sends the acids, proteins, and fats in the fluid to his stomach with a swallowing reflex. The amniotic fluid descending from the stomach to the intestine undergoes digestive motility in the stomach. This activity is your baby’s first digestive activity. The digestive wastes accumulated in the large intestine will be excreted in the form of meconium, which is your baby’s first poop after birth.
At 32 weeks gestation and beyond, all babies can survive. However, they need support during these weeks as their respiratory system is not complete.
Since the barrier between the alveoli and the capillaries is not thin enough to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, the respiratory system does not work with air.
Support and Movement System
The structures that make up the support and movement system are the bone, joint, and muscle systems. Nutrients such as calcium and magnesium that the mother receives strengthen and harden the cartilaginous bones. This development of bones continues until the moment of birth.
With the development of nerve endings, your little one can make various facial expressions thanks to his facial muscles. He can move his joints freely and rotate his body as he pleases. In this period, when the support and movement system is strengthened, it is possible to feel the kicking movements violently.
Your baby, who is slowly approaching complete kidney development, continues to drink amniotic fluid. The fluid filtered in the kidneys continues to be drunk and discharged by your baby until the moment of birth.
During this period, when the gender of your baby is determined, the reproductive organs of both male and female babies have completed their development.
The antibodies passed from your body to your offspring continue to strengthen their immune system.
32 Weeks Baby Movements
Since your baby is in the process of completing the bone and muscle system, his movements have intensified. Turning, kicking may seem very violent to you.
Although the severity has increased, 32-week-old baby movements have decreased in quantity and number. These decreases are an indication that your baby has grown enough to be squeezed into the area of the uterus during development. There is nothing to worry about. However, if you have not felt movement for a long time during the day, you should lie down in a comfortable place and make sure that you move at least ten times in 2 hours. Otherwise, you should contact your doctor.
Sense Organs and Developmental Characteristics in 32 Weeks Old Babies
Did you know that now your baby can hear you very well and can even distinguish between your and your partner’s voice? What is the level of sense organs in 32-week-old babies, and what more can your baby do?
Eye and Sight
A thirty-two-week-old baby can open and close his eyes quickly. Although vision receptors rapidly increase their sensitivity, your baby is not yet able to focus and see.
Ear and Hearing
Your baby, who has developed his hearing ability at a reasonable level, can clearly distinguish the mother and father’s voices in this process. Voice communication with your puppies will strengthen the bond between you.
Tongue and Taste
Thanks to the amniotic fluid, your little one, who develops a sucking reflex, can take the sharp flavors of the foods you eat. In this way, it can distinguish foods and even recognize some foods taken after birth.
Nose and sense of smell
The more developed the sense of taste in babies, the more developed the sense of smell. The development of both senses simultaneously means being able to smell the food along with taste it. Your baby can smell food as the amniotic fluid enters through the nose.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
With the fat intake of your baby, the vernix layer on his skin has decreased, and the skin layer has become more robust. In this way, the lanugo hairs are shed. He can now fully feel responses such as pain, warmth, and touch.
Mom at 32 Weeks Pregnancy
Pregnancy and the feeling of motherhood it brings are indisputably some of the most sacred feelings. During pregnancy, changes are seen in the organs along with emotions. What are the changes, which become more diverse as your baby grows for mothers who are 32 weeks pregnant? Let’s examine it together.
Pressure in the womb:
As your little one gets older, the pressure on the uterus increases. As your uterus puts pressure on you, you may have difficulty breathing and feel short of breath.
Colostrum leaking and growing breasts:
As swelling, edema, and milk production continues in the body, swelling and tension occur in the breasts.
As the milk ducts start working to feed your baby after birth, you may see colostrum discharge from the nipple. This liquid, full of protein, will be the most beneficial food you will give your baby. If there is a lot of leakages, you can get help from the breast pads.
With your growing baby, your tummy has gained a substantial appearance and stretched as of the 32nd week. These stretches can cause itching. You can soften your dry and stretched stomach by taking help from various vegetable oils and lotions such as coconut and carrot oil. Although they do not have the effect of preventing stretch marks, they do help relieve itching.
As your little one puts pressure on the uterus, it can cause heartburn. These burns, which will appear as a reflux problem, are caused by the food returning from the stomach to the esophagus due to the pressure on the stomach. Take care to consume the foods in small but many meals. Eat your food in small bites.
Dizziness and weakness:
As of the week, you entered, you may find yourself more exhausted and dizzy than before. You can get help from fruits and nuts for low blood sugar that may occur during the day.
Low back pain and varicose veins:
You may experience various body aches due to the progress of your baby towards the birth canal and the increase in weight. It is normal to experience an increase in lower back pain, especially as the baby gets heavier. If your back pain is very severe, you can see your doctor. In addition to pain, the expansion of the veins continues due to the acceleration of blood pumping. This enlargement causes the formation of varicose veins in the legs. To prevent the formation of varicose veins, be careful not to stand too long and to rest by stretching your legs against gravity.
One of the most prominent symptoms seen during pregnancy is edema. With the enlargement of the blood vessels in your body, there is an increase in fluid. The increased fluid reaches the tissues. As a result, swelling and a feeling of tension are seen in the body. Edema formation in your face, legs, and hands will continue to increase until birth. Being inactive too often triggers the formation of edema. For this reason, it is helpful to take short walks in a way that will not tire you.
Taking the birth position with the weight gain of your fed baby increases the pressure on the bladder. This pressure can cause you to have problems such as frequent urination and urinary incontinence. You may experience urinary incontinence at the slightest laugh or cough. As the weeks progress, your chances of incontinence increase. It is good to be prepared for such situations.
False labor pains:
Don’t worry if you have not given birth yet. False labor pains, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions, increase towards birth. Your body, preparing for birth, may occasionally experience a pain that spreads from the womb. Make changes in your position to see if this pain is labor. If there is a decrease in pain if changes are made, you should understand that there is a preparation pain called Braxton hicks, and you should not worry.
Pressure on the ribs:
You can feel it strongly as your baby moves. During the weeks you are in, the baby can place his feet in your rib area in a way that will push your ribs. Change your position so that your baby can move too. Thus, your rib pressure will be relieved, and your baby will stay in a different position.
Tips for Minimizing Pregnancy Symptoms!
If you are reading this article, it means that you are in the 32nd week of pregnancy. You’ve made good progress so far and have experienced various changes. To make the symptoms experienced at 32 weeks of pregnancy easier to overcome, it is necessary to be careful about the following points.
- Take a walk against increasing back pain and edema in your body. Take short walks, and don’t force yourself. Do these walks regularly every day. It will be good for lower back pain and edema in your body.
- Drink plenty of water to meet the water needs in your body. Consider your urinary incontinence problem while consuming water.
- Moisturize your body with harmless lotions and harmless oils such as coconut oil for your tense body and increased itching in your stomach.
- Take care not to stand too long during these weeks when your baby enters the birth position. Take warm showers and rest a lot for the problems of hemorrhoids and varicose veins due to the pressure in the body.
- Get breast pads for fluid discharge from the chest.
- Do not gain unnecessary weight while trying to feed your baby well. Pay attention to your diet and take advantage of natural foods.
- Get support from pillows and find a suitable position to fall asleep.
How Much Weight Should I Gain?
If you’re complaining about weight gain, don’t be! Your baby’s contribution to weight gain is excellent at 32 weeks and beyond. Your baby, who is developing and gaining weight, affects your weight. So, how much weight is gained at 32 weeks of pregnancy? Under normal conditions, it is expected to gain 10-12 kg at 32 weeks of pregnancy. Nutrition varies from person to person. Therefore, you may or may not gain a lot of weight. Values should not be stuck with.
By eating a healthy and regular diet, you can gain as much weight as should be gained under normal conditions. But nausea, weakness, etc. Expectant mothers with severe symptoms may lose weight instead of gaining weight. You should not go to your doctor and worry.
As the weeks progress, the need for nutrition increases drastically. Nutrition is very important during the 32nd week of pregnancy as the need for nutrients increases as your baby develops.
We have prepared nutritional recommendations for you at 32 weeks of pregnancy:
- Don’t stop eating because you think I’ve gained weight, but don’t eat for two just because I’m two animals.
- Pay attention to a balanced and regular diet.
- If you have a hemorrhoid problem and are constipated, consume fiber-rich foods.
- Don’t get too much salt into your edematous body.
- Make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
- Your iron stores will decrease. Therefore, consume foods containing iron. (Greens, meat, legumes…)
- Do not consume foods that will upset your stomach and contain large amounts of sugar. (Pastry, desserts, prepared foods…)
As in all areas of our lives, exercise movements are significant during pregnancy. You should do exercises to relax your mind and body.
32 weeks pregnant exercises:
- Low-paced walking
- Breathing exercises
- Pregnancy yoga
- Light stretching movements
- Swimming lightly
32 Weeks Pregnancy Checklist
- Go to your doctor’s check-ups every two weeks.
- Research the hospital you choose for delivery.
- If you don’t have a maternity bag, prepare a maternity bag.
- Organize the baby’s room.
- Make clothes choices for your baby whose gender you learned.
- Take your blood pressure measurements regularly.
- Prepare yourself psychologically for a slow birth.
The 32nd week of pregnancy means that the birth adventure is approaching. Do not neglect the rehearsals of slowly holding your growing baby in your arms and living the last weeks of your pregnancy to the fullest.
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