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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 32

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 3.75 pounds (1.702kg) and measuring 16.69 inches (42.4cm). 
How big are you?
Your uterus now sits about 4.72 inches (12cm) above your bellybutton and about 12.59 inches (32cm) above your pubic symphysis.
How is your baby developing and growing
You may begin to experience back pain now. Back pain is generally caused by weak stomach muscles, as this will force you to push your shoulders back in order to support your growing uterus.
This week your baby will :
  • Be able to register on all five of his/her senses.
  • Your baby's iris, which is the colored part of the eye, will open in darker light and close in brighter light.
  • Your baby's toe nails should be completely formed by now.
Changes in you
By now you would have already started to experience Braxton Hicks - which are the early practice contractions your body uses to start preparing for labor. It is important that you understand the difference between real labor contractions and Braxton hicks, as this will mean you are able to tell the difference between the real lobor signs and pre-term labor signs.
Braxton hicks can be extremely uncomfortable at times, and there are a number of ways in which you can help relieve them:
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid Caffeine
  • Use this time to practice breathing techniques
  • Try and maintain an empty bladder 
Your nutrition
Should you be expecting twins or multiples, then you should be paying special attention to your nutrition and weight gain. Food will always be your best source of nutrition, but it will be even more important for you to take your prenatal vitamins.
Should your weight gain in the early stages of your pregnancy not be sufficient, then you will stand a higher chance of developing pre-eclampsia or your baby being born a little too small. Your health care provider will keep tabs on your weight gain and he/she will inform you if your weight gain is too low or too high.
Your target weight gain, if you are carrying more than one baby, will be about 45 pounds, so don't be alarmed when your health care provider tells you what he wants your total weight gain to be.
Your body
During your prenatal visits, your health care provider will monitor your blood pressure, urine, and any swelling that may develop, but symptoms such as sudden weight gain, swelling in the hands or face, headaches, or changes in vision can be signs of preeclampsia.
This condition causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms, since this condition can affect both the mother and fetus during the second half of pregnancy.
Getting prepared
If you have not already done so, now would be a good time to start packing your hospital bag - if you are having a hospital birth - or at least thinking about what you are going to need.
Now is a good time to gather what you require, because anything could start happening in the next few weeks, and there is nothing worse than arriving at the hospital and realizing that you have forgotten most of what you need.


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