This is the 8th month of pregnancy, your baby will probably adopt the position of birth (head down), or will do so after this pregnancy week 32. Your belly keeps getting rounder, but if your baby has decided to go a little down, the digestive problems may go away. Conversely, tingling in the arms may appear.
Symptoms Of Pregnancy Week 32
Nine-weeks to go, some women experience more discomfort than others. This includes lower back pain, abdominal pain, heartburn, and digestive problems, shortness of breath, stretch marks, leg cramps, varicose veins and hemorrhoids, frequent urination, and sleep disorders.
Some women may already have contractions at this time, which could be Braxton-Hicks contractions. They typically last between 30 seconds and two minutes and are thought to be useful for the body in its preparation for childbirth.
At this stage of pregnancy, your baby weighs about 1.5 kg for 37 cm. He may have moved vertically to the birth position (head down), preparing himself for the big day! This position can cause you some discomforts:
- Your baby’s head pressing against your perineum.
- His feet kicking into your rib cage.
- Occasionally, his head may rest directly on the sciatic nerve.
For others, this reversal will be done later… or not! The baby will then be in a breech position, presenting his buttocks first. Don’t worry, OB/GYNs and midwives are used to this and know exactly how to adapt to such a situation.
Pregnancy Week 32: What To Do?
Got a breech baby? Don’t worry about that! At this point, there are many ways to help your little one achieve a more optimal position for childbirth. Swimming, yoga, and the birthing ball are also good options.
Make some shopping and get all the items you will need in the first few weeks, such as diapers, clothes, baby bedding, and other baby essentials.