32 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Baby Movement & More

32 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Baby Movement & More

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Your baby's kicking a lot and it can hurt. To get some relief, lie down on your side or get on hands and knees.

You may be noticing Braxton Hicks contractions. They're normal, but if they become painful or regular, call your provider immediately.

Secondhand strollers are usually safe. (Car seats, not so much.) But you'll need to clean used gear carefully.

You're in your eighth month

Baby development at 32 weeks


Your baby can focus on large objects that are not too far away, and this ability to focus will stay that way until birth.

Putting on pounds

You're gaining about a pound a week, and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. He'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next seven weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb.

Hair and nails

His toenails and fingernails have grown in, along with real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz).

See what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.

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Your baby is about the size of a jicama


16 ¾


head to toe

Pregnancy symptoms during week 32

Shortness of breath

To accommodate your and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. And with your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn.

Lower-back pain

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your doctor or midwife know right away, especially if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Baby movement

Keep monitoring your baby's kicks, and let your healthcare provider know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though your baby's quarters are getting cozy, he should still be as active as before.

Don't see your symptom?
Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 32 weeks

Read up on baby care

You won't have as much energy to read after your baby's born, so learn all you can about the first few weeks now. Start with BabyCenter's newborn area.

Decide who will be in the delivery room

Don't feel pressured to allow relatives and friends into the delivery room if you don't want to. In a our site poll, most moms-to-be wanted only their partner and medical staff in the room.

32 weeks pregnant bellies

This week's video

Watch the video: Body changes u0026 Symptoms at 32nd Week of Pregnancy Part 2 (February 2023).

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