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If you’re 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is between 16.5 and 17 inches long and weighs about 3.5 to 4 pounds. By now, your baby’s toenails might be visible, and you might even feel him hiccupping sometimes. Feeling your baby move is special, but occasionally it might be uncomfortable, particularly if his foot accidentally prods under your ribs. From here on, your healthcare provider might ask to see you more often, perhaps every two weeks instead of monthly. Just like every other week of pregnancy, this one is filled with exciting little milestones and interesting changes. Read on to find out what else this week might have in store for you and your little one.

32 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

This week, you’re in approximately your seventh month of pregnancy. Here are some of the ways in which your baby might be developing around this time:

  • Toe to toe. Your baby's teeny toenails are now visible.

  • Hiccupping. That strange sensation in your belly — which feels like a rhythmic jerking — may be your little one hiccupping. Hiccups occur when the diaphragm contracts, and they're quite normal.

  • Room to move. Your baby is probably in a head-down position. With about two pints of amniotic fluid in your uterus now, it's fairly easy for your baby to switch from a head-up to a head-down position. In fact, even if he has been in a head-down position, he may turn around several times before birth. Over the next eight weeks, the amount of fluid will decrease as your baby grows.

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32 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Here are some of the symptoms you might experience at 32 weeks pregnant:

  • Uncomfortable kick. Feeling your baby move is sweet, but it's less fun when a foot gets stuck up under your rib cage. If you feel this kind of discomfort, try lying on your side or changing positions to coax him into moving.

  • Stretch marks. As your skin stretches, you may notice red, purple, or brown colored lines on your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and breasts. These socalled stripes of pregnancy can fade with time after the birth of your baby.

  • Back pain. During the third trimester, it’s natural to feel some lower back pain as you gain pregnancy weight and as pregnancy hormones loosen your muscles and ligaments. Back pain may also be caused by posture problems resulting from your center of gravity shifting, and by any stress you might be feeling.

If you’re pregnant with twins or multiples , read up on what else you might experience around this stage of pregnancy.

FAQ at 32 Weeks

Why will I need to see my doctor more regularly from now on?

When you reach about 32 weeks of pregnancy, your healthcare provider may want to start seeing you a little more often. From now on, you might need to schedule a checkup 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. Plus, these more regular checkups are a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.

I’m finding it hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in. What can I do?

Now that your belly is growing much bigger, it can be difficult to fall and stay asleep. Sleeping on your side with your knees bent may be the most comfortable position. You can then support your belly with pillows. Placing a pillow between your legs may also help you feel more comfortable.

Is traveling still OK at 32 weeks pregnant?

Traveling in your third trimester may be a little more uncomfortable than traveling earlier in your pregnancy. Plus, it could also be more risky as there’s a higher chance you could go into labor far from your healthcare providers. Talk to your provider to learn what's best for you. If you would like to travel, consider taking a shorter trip and going by car. Plan your schedule so that you can take plenty of breaks.

Consult your doctor about whether flying at 32 weeks pregnant is right for your situation; flying at this stage may not be recommended if yours is a high-risk pregnancy, for example. Airlines each have different regulations for allowing moms-to-be to fly later in pregnancy, so double-check with your airline, as well, if you plan to fly.

32 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Map out and travel two different routes to the hospital. Think about which route you’ll use if you need to go to the hospital during peak hours.

If you can, take a tour of the hospital where you'll be delivering. Hospital staff may let you see the labor and postpartum rooms and acquaint you with registration procedures and paperwork, so that you feel more at ease on the big day. Knowing where to go and what to do ahead of time will help prevent a last-minute scramble when you're in labor.

Your childbirth classes may be starting around this time. Be an active participant, and ask lots of questions. Feel free to talk about your hopes and fears. Don't forget to bring your partner along so that you're both prepared when the moment arrives.

If you happen to have a prenatal appointment this week, ask about who your healthcare provider's backup practitioner is, in case you need consult someone when she is not available.

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32 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Map out and travel two different routes to the hospital. Think about which route you’ll use if you need to go to the hospital during peak hours.

If you can, take a tour of the hospital where you'll be delivering. Hospital staff may let you see the labor and postpartum rooms and acquaint you with registration procedures and paperwork, so that you feel more at ease on the big day. Knowing where to go and what to do ahead of time will help prevent a last-minute scramble when you're in labor.

Your childbirth classes may be starting around this time. Be an active participant, and ask lots of questions. Feel free to talk about your hopes and fears. Don't forget to bring your partner along so that you're both prepared when the moment arrives.

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