Your baby at 32 weeks pregnant
Your baby is the size of a Napa cabbage. Your baby weighs between 3.5 and four pounds and measures about 17 to 18 inches stretched out.
Ups and downs
Most babies settle in the head-down, or vertex, position by this week. Ideally, baby will stay put until you give birth. Then again, he or she might change positions several times before the big day.
As full as it gets
With about two pints of amniotic fluid in your uterus right now, it's fairly easy for baby to switch from head-up to head-down. Over the next eight weeks, the amount of fluid will decrease as the size of baby increases.
Your pregnancy at 32 weeks
Feeling your baby move is sweet, but it's less cute when a foot gets stuck up under your rib cage. Try lying on your side or changing positions to coax your little one into moving.
When you reach 32 weeks, most healthcare providers will want to start seeing you every two weeks instead of just once a month. Among other things, your provider will be on the lookout for signs of infection, preterm labor or preeclampsia.
A tour of the hospital where you'll be delivering will take you through the labor and postpartum rooms and acquaint you with registration procedures and paperwork. Knowing where to go and what to do ahead of time will prevent a last-minute scramble when you're in labor. You may also want to map out and travel two different routes to the hospital.
Be an active participant in your childbirth classes: ask lots of questions and feel free to talk about your hopes and fears. Don't forget to bring your partner so that you're both prepared when the moment arrives.
Did you know?
Baby’s skin is no longer hanging loose and it now looks pink and smooth thanks to new fat development. He or she is starting to look like the baby of your dreams! And now that your little one is probably in a head down position, get ready for that big entrance into the world!
Quick tip for mom
Now’s the time to register for a childbirth class. You and your partner will get lots of helpful information about labor and birth, meet other pregnant parents-to-be and increase your confidence about the exciting big day ahead.