Week by week pregnancy guide: You and your baby at Week 32

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Is your baby moving less now? Don't fret. Most likely, decreased activity can be attributed to your baby's 20- to 40-minute sleep cycles. As for you, mum, now is the best time for: knowing the signs of preterm labour and hosting a baby shower.

How Big is Your Baby?

week by week pregnancy guide: week 32

How is Your Baby Developing? 

In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:

  • Your baby is now swallowing, breathing, kicking, and sucking.
  • His digestive system is all set and ready to go.
  • His skin is becoming less transparent and more opaque.
  • He is sleeping well these days, with sleep cycles of 20 to 40 minutes long. This also explains the decrease in movement you're likely experiencing these days.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • That swelling belly is getting itchier and itchier as the skin stretches and dries out.
  • You may feel a painful spasm in your calves which may worsen at night.
  • Your growing uterus is cramping your bowels, making them sluggish and irregular.
  • As your breasts expand in the third trimester, they may also leak a yellowish fluid called colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk.

 Pregnancy Care

  • Get some regular exercise (anything helps, from brisk walks to prenatal yoga) and drink enough fluids.
  • Carry a protein-and-carb-rich snack in your bag to munch on for when you feel dizzy.
  • Try calamine or some other type of anti-itch lotion to soothe more stubborn cases of itchiness.

Your Checklist

  • Try not to obsess over stretch marks. Up to 90% of women get them. They’re a sign that your baby is growing beautifully.
  • Be prepared; learn the signs of labour: water breaking, period-like cramps, vaginal bleeding, diarrhea, and a tightening feeling in your uterus.
  • It's time to host a baby shower!

Your next week: 33 weeks pregnant

Your previous week: 31 weeks pregnant

Do you have questions on this week by week pregnancy guide? What are your current concerns, mums? Leave us a comment below!

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Written by

Jasmine Yeo