You are 32 weeks pregnant or in your 33rd week of pregnancy (counting from the first day of your Last Menstrual Period).
Keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. For variations and details, please talk to your doctor.
What’s happening to the baby?
- The baby’s five senses are working. The baby has the senses of hearing, touch sensation, sight, smell, taste and even feels temperature. The baby's eyesight will continue to improve even after birth.
- The baby can distinguish light and dark and the pupils of the eyes constrict when it is bright and expand when dark.
- The baby continues the growth spurt. The baby continues to put on fat and the baby’s skin becomes less wrinkled and red, taking on a more baby-like colour and texture.
- The baby even experiences the REM state of sleep (the state of deep sleep when we dream).
- The baby’s bones are hardening (but will still remain reasonably pliable for squeezing out of the birth canal for child birth).
- Around this time, the amniotic fluid might be at its highest level in your uterus. After this time, it will reduce to make room for the growing baby.
- Your baby is about 41 centimetres long (Crown to heel length) and weighs about 1.8 kilograms.
What’s happening to mom?
- Your large uterus will be putting pressure on your bladder and at times when your bladder is full, you might leak urine. This is normal. Ensure that this is urine and not amniotic fluid that implies that you might be in labour. Remember amniotic fluid is odourless unlike urine. Make sure that you continue to do your Kegel exercises. These will help strengthen your muscles.
- At your regular doctor visits, you will be screened for preclampsia or pregnancy induced high blood pressure. Some swelling is normal, but if you see unusually high swelling, call your doctor, it could be signs of preclampsia.
- By now, you are probably visiting your doctor about once every two weeks, in a routine pregnancy. If you have a high-risk pregnancy (have gestational diabetes, preclampsia etc.) it might be more often.
Checklist for mom
Ideas for dad
- If you have decided on “cord stem cell banking” or “cord blood banking”, ensure that you are aware of their process and what is required of you.
- FYI, interesting tidbits from India and elsewhere…
- In villages or in earlier times in India, a special midwife or “daee” would deliver the baby and even give tips to the new mom on breastfeeding and taking care of the baby. Similarly, in the United States and other countries, using a doula (along with a doctor) is gaining ground as a birthing practice (though most women prefer to have their husbands be a labour coach). Some women might have a doula help them with labour and delivery. A doula is a professional labour coach who gives physical and emotional support to women during labour and delivery. They work along with doctors and stay with the woman throughout. They offer advice on breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. After birth, most even provide breastfeeding advice.
Useful Parentree articles for this stage of pregnancy