32 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed thirty twoweeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (32 weeks)

If your baby is a boy, his testicles are likely to move into his scrotum. However, there are times when one or both testicles are not into position until after birth. However this is nothing to stress about as undescended testicles would probably correct themselves before his first birthday.
The baby would gain about 33% to 50% of his birth weight in the next seven weeks. This weight gain would prepare him for life outside uterus. Due to this layer of fat the baby skin would be plumping up as well.

Your symptoms at this stage (32 weeks)

You need to take care to eat well over the next few weeks. Your belly may feel very large to you now as baby is taking more and more space inside you. However approximately half of the wight that you would gain at this stage would go directly to him.

Getting proper sleep can be difficult in the third trimester hence try not to worry about disturbing your partner. Talk to each other about what would work best for both of you, you could try taking separate blankets or maybe separate beds for few short weeks.

Instead, if you both are feeling closer than ever, you need not worry that sex in the final months might harm your baby. For most pregnant women, sex during pregnancy is perfectly fine almost until their waters break.

Your life at this stage

Many women worry during pregnancy if they will be able to deliver the baby vaginally. This is a very common and natural concern, even more so if it is your first pregnancy.

There are some brilliant positions that can try for labour. On the D-day these positions are likely to your cervix to dilate during contractions and hence encourage the baby to move downwards when the correct time comes.
Try different positions, and try to match them with massage, breathing and other natural pain relief methods. Trying to get some practice at this stage will probably increase your chances of having a normal/natural delivery.

Important things to keep in mind

  • Some women say that eating spicy food helped bring on labour if they were overdue. However do not worry it is usually safe to eat spicy food during pregnancy.
  • If you are still wondering what giving birth would be like, try to visit the forums and seek advice of other mums.