Your Pregnancy at Week 32

Your Pregnancy at Week 32

Have you started having Braxton Hicks contractions?

Week 32

your baby this week:

The bones in your little one's skull are fully formed, but not fused. In fact, the bones of a human skull do not fully fuse until early adulthood to allow some room for the brain to grow throughout childhood and adolescence. And more importantly, this lack of fusion, often referenced as the soft spot, and is what allows your baby's cranial and facial bones to overlap and fit through the birth canal during delivery.

Your baby is most likely in a head-down and ready-to-go position or will be soon. They are working their way down to your pelvis, gaining about half a pound and drinking about half a pint of amniotic fluid every week!

your body:

Are you waddling, instead of walking? This is actually a good thing!

At 31 weeks, your body is producing relaxin, a hormone naturally secreted in the ovary by the corpus luteum. During pregnancy, relaxin is also released from the placenta and uterine lining. The relaxin hormone loosens the ligaments in your pelvis, allowing it to stretch when your little one leaves your body during delivery. And it's responsible for your gorgeous waddling!

Are your legs cramping at night and keeping you awake? This is common during the third trimester. There are a few things you can do to prevent, or lessen, these cramps, like taking breaks throughout the day to put your feet up and rest. You should also be drinking a lot of water, to prevent your muscles from getting dehydrated. Another trick to try is eating a banana! Muscles spasms and cramps are more likely to occur if your body’s calcium and potassium levels are too low.

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.

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By week 32, most of your symptoms are directly related to the amount of space your little one now occupies inside of you. Here is a list of some things you may be experiencing.

  • Outie bellybutton
  • Larger feet
  • Stretch marks, itchy or dry skin, and/or unwanted hair growth
  • Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
  • Sweating
  • Heartburn
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
  • Bleeding and/or swollen gums
  • Frequent nighttime wakings
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Crazy dreams
  • Fetal activity

your symptoms

By week 32, most of your symptoms are directly related to the amount of space your little one now occupies inside of you. Here is a list of some things you may be experiencing.

  • Outie bellybutton
  • Larger feet
  • Stretch marks, itchy or dry skin, and/or unwanted hair growth
  • Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
  • Sweating
  • Heartburn
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
  • Bleeding and/or swollen gums
  • Frequent nighttime wakings
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Crazy dreams
  • Fetal activity

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