Pregnancy at 32 Weeks
Are you feeling more uncomfortable?
Well, your baby is taking up more room in your uterus at this stage in your pregnancy, he is weighing in at 3 3/4 pounds and is now about 16.7 inches from head to heal.
Your baby is about the size of a jicama!
Each week you can expect to gain about a pound and half of that weight will be going to your baby. He will gain about 1/3 of his weight during the next 7 weeks of pregnancy. He is getting ready to meet you each and every day.
You may experiencing changes now that your baby is taking up so much room and pushing up your diaphragm and crowding your stomach.
Some of these changes:
- shortness of breath.
- lower back pain.
- shift in your center of gravity.
- changes in your posture due to loosening of ligaments in your pelvis.
- you may have difficulty getting up out of bed, out of a chair, pain when you walk, stand or sit for long periods of time.
- lifting things may be difficult.
- Sleep with pillows propped up.
- Eat smaller meals more often.
“Sleeping is getting difficult. The only way I can get any rest is to lie with my back to my husband as he cradles my body. The support from him and a pillow between my legs is the best help.”
Source: 32 weeks pregnant | BabyCenter
Who do you want with you while you are in labor?
Don’t feel pressured to have anybody with you but your significant other if that is what both of you decide on. Let well meaning grandparents and anyone else wait in the waiting area or at home as difficult as that might be. Make sure you tell everyone ahead of time your wishes and ask them to please respect them.
A private labor coach is a good idea. According to Baby Center there is research that shows women attended by labor assistants actually have shorter labors, fewer complications during labor and healthier newborns. A doula will be of great assistance to you and your husband. You will still have a nurse but she will be in and out of your room while you are in labor.
On the homefront:
Start lining up helpers for when you get home from the hospital after your baby’s birth.
You will be somewhat overwhelmed when you arrive home with your little bundle and someone there to help you with your needs and your baby’s needs will make you feel more under control.
Make a list of what you anticipate that you will need at home and delegate as much as you can ahead of time to well-meaning friends and relatives that offer to help.
You will be glad that you did this ahead of time.
Don’t forget that pedicure and manicure!
Enjoy as much as you can these last few weeks of pregnancy.