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32 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Pregnancy week 32

Has your acrobat flipped upside down yet? Most babies settle in the head-down position by this week. You may feel little toes or elbows poking you in the ribs. Learn more about pregnancy week 32.

Your Baby at 32 Weeks Pregnant 

Ups and downs. Your acrobat may be standing on his head now: Most babies settle in the head-down, or vertex, position by this week. Ideally, he'll stay put until you give birth. Then again, he might change positions several times before he's born.

As full as it gets. With about two pints of amniotic fluid in your uterus right now, it's fairly easy for your baby to switch from head-up to head-down. Over the next eight weeks, the amount of fluid will decrease as the amount of baby increases.

Measuring up. Your baby weighs between 3.5 and 4 pounds and measures about 17 to 18 inches stretched out. 

Your Pregnancy at 32 Weeks

Light ribbing. Feeling your baby move is sweet, but it's less fun when a foot gets stuck up under your rib cage. Try lying on your side or changing positions to coax her into moving. 

Checkup double-up. When you reach 32 weeks, most healthcare providers will want to start seeing you every two weeks instead of just once a month. Among other things, your provider will be on the lookout for signs of infection, preterm labor, or preeclampsia.

Delivery drill. A tour of the hospital where you'll be delivering will take you through the labor and postpartum rooms, and acquaint you with registration procedures and paperwork. Knowing where to go and what to do ahead of time will prevent a last-minute scramble when you're in labor. Map out and travel two different routes to the hospital.

School days. Be an active participant in your childbirth classes: Ask lots of questions, and feel free to talk about your hopes and fears. Don't forget to bring your partner so that you're both prepared when the moment arrives.

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