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32 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:19 am

Your Body at 32 Weeks of Pregnancy

From around the 20th week of your pregnancy, you may have noticed painless contractions which are known as Braxton-Hicks contractions. These contractions will become much more intense in the third trimester and may also become more frequent. You are definitely anxious to know when true labor is starting, therefore it I important to differentiate between the two.

As Braxton-Hick contractions do not lead to cervical shortening and dilation they are not a sign of true labor. They aren’t usually painful, and stop when you get up and move around. Whereas true labor brings a ‘show’ (passing of the mucus plug from the cervix which is usually slightly bloodstained), it is not associated with false labor. However, if you are uncertain, a quick visit to the GP or hospital can usually resolve this. If you do go through this, think of it as a practice run, and know that you have familiarized yourself with the procedures that will be involved on the big day.

Your Baby at 32 Weeks of Pregnancy

Your baby now measures around 40 cm and weighs approximately 2.3 Kg - it is as large as a small baguette. The baby’s skin is still reddish but rather wrinkles with some early fat deposits. The bones of the head remain soft and flexible, and the lungs have developed enough to support life. If the baby was to be born now, it would more than likely survive, unless compromised. The baby can probably hear loud noises and feel some touch, responding with increased fetal movements.

The baby is running out of room as it grown bigger resulting in decreased amplitude of fetal movements. It still sleeps 90-95 per cent of the time. The baby also learns to differentiate between day and night which is obvious with increased movements between 3am and 5am when you are at rest. This is possibly because of the reduced steroid levels in your blood circulation in the early hours of the morning and is completely normal, although it may disrupt your sleep. The baby may be inadvertently preparing you for that early feed after you give birth.
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