Your Body – Week 32

Week 32! This is your 8th month of pregnancy. Only another month to go. Your baby can come out into this world anytime now. All the planning and preparation that you have done so far will prepare you and your partner for the arrival of the little one. All you need to do is to be mentally prepared that your baby might show up soon. The thought can invoke mixed feelings in you, which is perfectly alright.

So, what do you notice this week?

  • Your body will have increased blood volume (40 to 50 %) since you got pregnant. This is mainly to keep up with the demand of your growing baby and your body.
  • Your growing uterus pushes up near your diaphragm. This causes crowding of your stomach, leading to shortness of breath and heartburn. As we said earlier, to relieve your discomfort, sleeping with body pillows with pillows help. Also, a fiber-rich diet and eating smaller meals more often may also be of help.
  • You may experience pregnancy contractions (indicating preterm labor). These differ from Braxton Hicks contractions (which are of shorter duration and occur less often) by being persistent and longer. Women in 32 weeks of their pregnancy with twins are at higher risk for preterm labor, so if the contractions are longer, please consult your doctor.
  • Leaky boobs and frequent urges to pee are still common.
  • Your areolas look darker.  There is no scientific reason for it, but as old-wives-tales go, it is said that they darken to be noticed by the baby during breastfeeding
  • There may be increased vaginal discharge (body prepares for delivery and decreases chances of infection).
  • The mucus plug covers the cervix for a few days (or hours) before labor. It is a thick, gooey (at times bloody) substance. You need to keep an eye when your body expels it.
  • If the discharge from your lady parts is watery and in a constant flow, your water might have broken. So, be careful about that.

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Continue charting! Give your gynecologist a constant update. Stay positive, the end is almost near.

Common symptoms this week:

  • Fatigue
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • Leaky breasts
  • Heartburn
  • Urine leakage
  • Breathlessness
  • Loss of appetite

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