During this gestational period the baby still moves a lot. However, as the days go by, the tendency is that your space inside the uterus becomes limited and that the mother notices the baby’s movements less and less.
The countdown to birth has started and it is necessary for the mother to take care to ensure that the final stretch is in good health. So, so that you know what are the cares, events and tasks for this week, we recommend that you continue reading this post. Come with us! 😊
Symptoms at 32 weeks of pregnancy
At 32 weeks of gestation, the symptoms of the end of pregnancy become more and more evident and intense. Therefore, it is extremely important that the mother is very attentive to what she is feeling so that, if she experiences any serious changes, she can be consulted in an emergency to assess the possibility of a premature birth.
See what are the main symptoms of 32 weeks of pregnancy:
Braxton Hicks contractions more evident
By the 32nd week of pregnancy, it’s common for mom to start feeling the training contractions with greater intensity. But rest assured: in the case of Braxton Hicks contractions, neither you nor the baby are at risk and this is an expected symptom so that your uterus can prepare for the birth.
However, if you start to experience severe pain, severe cramps and/or bleeding, we recommend that you go quickly to an emergency room so that you can be consulted and assess whether a premature birth will occur.
Accelerated weight gain
It is expected that by this stage of the pregnancy the pregnant woman has already gained a few extra pounds. However, from 32 weeks of pregnancy onwards, this weight gain can be even more accelerated and it is essential that you control your diet and have medical follow-up so that it does not get out of your control, which would put your health and of your baby.
Swollen feet and legs
You will notice that your feet and legs will be quite swollen, especially towards the end of the day. To avoid this inconvenience, it is recommended that you take short rests throughout the day, wear comfortable shoes and clothes, drink about 2 liters of water daily, put your feet up whenever possible, avoid excess salt in your diet and do light to moderate physical activity daily (if your doctor allows it, of course). Walking or yoga are good options during pregnancy.
It is also during this period that your navel becomes more evident, and it can even be repaired on your clothes. If that bothers you, it’s recommended to opt for looser clothes that don’t make you stand out. Oh, and don’t worry: this symptom will pass right after your child’s birth, ok?
Lack of air
Once the uterus puts pressure on the lungs, your shortness of breath may be more intense. Try breathing exercises throughout the day and of course: don’t forget to rest as often as possible so that fatigue and shortness of breath don’t bother you so much.
As time goes by, your belly grows bigger and bigger and this results in back pain. To alleviate this symptom, the best thing to do is try to stay as rested as possible, do stretching exercises throughout the day, and get a regular night’s sleep every day.
During this gestational period you have probably already got used to this symptom, but it is always good to remember: the increase in urination is caused by the pressure that the uterus makes on the bladder, reducing its reservoir. So that you do not suffer from it, the ideal is that you adopt some measures, such as: avoid frequenting places that prevent you from going to the bathroom for long periods and do not drink large amounts of liquid at night.
Changes in pregnant women at 32 weeks of pregnancy
The main physical changes of the pregnant woman are related to the increase in her belly, which causes back pain, shortness of breath, tiredness, swelling in the feet and legs and an enlarged navel as mentioned above.
Therefore, the pregnant woman in the 32nd week of pregnancy may also notice the appearance of a dark line that goes from the navel to the intimate region caused by hormonal imbalance and that will disappear days after the baby is born.
To avoid these inconveniences, the ideal is for the pregnant woman to continue prenatal care and follow all the recommendations given by her doctor, including food control to prevent weight gain from getting out of control and interfering with the mother’s health and of the baby.
Development of the fetus at 32 weeks of pregnancy
The main milestone in the development of the fetus at 32 weeks of pregnancy is linked to the growth of your brain. In addition, some other factors also happen during this period when the baby is already quite developed. See what they are:
- He can already hear different sounds;
- Bones get harder (except the skull);
- The nails have grown long enough to reach all the way to the fingertips;
- Your hair color has already been defined;
- The heart beats approximately 150 times a minute;
- When their eyes are open, they move towards the light and they can already blink;
- And, although the baby at 32 weeks gestation has a great chance of surviving in the case of premature birth, the ideal is that he waits for the right time because he is still thin and needs to finish developing to come into the world.
Fetal size at 32 weeks of pregnancy
At 32 weeks of gestation, the baby measures approximately 42.4 centimeters, the size equivalent to a green coconut, and its estimated weight is 1700 grams.
32 weeks of gestation is how many months?
The 32nd week of pregnancy is equivalent to the 8th month. That is, the mother has just entered the penultimate month of pregnancy and the countdown to the birth of the baby begins.
Lymphatic drainage in the final stretch of pregnancy: is it allowed or not?
Swelling is undoubtedly one of the biggest discomforts noticed by the mother during the entire pregnancy and the fact is that this symptom tends to get worse in the last trimester, making it difficult for the pregnant woman to do some simple tasks in her daily routine.
In order to avoid this, there are some basic recommendations that should be followed, like those mentioned above: avoid excess salt, wear adequate clothes and shoes, rest with your legs elevated, drink at least 2 liters of water daily, etc.
But there is also the option of including lymphatic drainage during pregnancy in your routine. Yes, drainage can be done during pregnancy and it is very beneficial to reduce and even prevent swelling from appearing.
However, it should not be performed at home and/or by professionals who are not trained to perform the procedure. In order to have the necessary security, always remember to ask for authorization from your trusted obstetrician and seek indications from qualified professionals to perform the drainage, this way you will be able to enjoy its benefits and feel better!
Caring for Mom During 32 Weeks of Pregnancy
Now that your pregnancy is coming to an end, it is very important that you do not neglect and continue to follow medical guidelines to ensure that the end of the gestational period is healthy and that the delivery takes place in the best possible way.
For this, we have separated some tips that should be taken into account during the 32nd week of pregnancy. Check it out:
- Drink 2 liters of water daily: proper hydration offers countless benefits for all of us. However, for pregnant women its importance is even greater. This is because by consuming the correct amount of water you will be able to avoid the discomfort of pregnancy from being too intense and will ensure that your organs function correctly during the gestational period;
- Avoid too much salt: too much salt can make your bloating worse (which would actually cause you tremendous discomfort). Therefore, it is essential that you do not overdo the consumption of salty foods, always combined with good hydration;
- Avoid clothing and shoes that are too tight:
- Ensure a healthy and balanced diet: even if you are well hydrated and do not consume excess salt, you will need to assess whether your diet is healthy and balanced. Only then will you ensure that you are consuming all the nutrients and vitamins necessary to ensure not only your health, but also your baby’s health and healthy development. If you feel the need, contact a nutritionist so that he can help you during this period, ok?
Well, that’s it! We hope that you have been able to understand the main symptoms, events and cares of the 32 weeks of pregnancy. If you have any questions regarding this matter, be sure to comment here in the post that we clarify.
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