26 August 2012

32weeks Pregnancy Info

Length: 16.69 inches
Weight: 3.75 pounds

Maternal Changes
Braxton Hicks contractions will be increasing and may even be mixed in with periods of real contractions. Relaxin, a hormone, is being pumped into your blood stream in droves right now, causing your pelvic bones to separate. You are likely now officially waddling (but don't worry, no one has the guts to point this out to you). Keep close attention to your posture, which can help to alleviate back and sciatic pain. If you are constipated, you may have hemorrhoids. They should disappear after delivery. Keep plenty of fiber in your diet which will help with digestion and may help to alleviate heartburn. Many women start suffering from insomnia at this point as well. Although annoying, this helps to prepare you for taking care of a newborn. You will be seeing your caregiver more often now, so be sure to ask lots of questions.

Fetal Changes
The five senses are complete, and the last call for birth is now in progress. Your baby will be situating him or herself in the comfortable fetal position, preparing to enter the birth canal. If your baby hasn't turned yet, don't worry – some wait till the last minute. Your baby now uses up all the space in the uterus. This means that moving and turning is more difficult (and more uncomfortable for you) than it was just two weeks ago. Your child's days are now spent gaining weight from both fat and muscle as well as learning how to use their own body so your baby will be ready for the meet and greet just a few weeks away.

Tips for the Week
It is important to begin protecting your belly! Now that your baby takes up most of the space, they aren't as protected by amniotic fluids as they were weeks ago. Be careful not to bump your belly. If you have younger kids, they should not be allowed to jump on, poke, hit, or push their heads into your stomach. They can sit on your lap, however you should be careful. Additionally, far too many moms to be stop wearing their seatbelt near the end out of fear or because it feels bad! Big mistake. Experts say to wear it low, below the belly to protect you and your baby in the event of a wreck.

Twin/multiples info
Your babies weigh around 3.5 pounds each by this point which explains why you have been feeling so weighed down lately. Amazingly, all of their organs, with the exception of the lungs, are fully developed. If doctors fear pre-term labor, they may begin giving you medications to help develop lung function more quickly. Twins born at the 32-week mark have an excellent long-term health prognosis, although they will likely have to spend some time in the NICU after delivery. If you haven't formulated a birthing plan yet, NOW is the time to do so.

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