32 weeks pregnant
32 weeks! Now your baby is just over 50 days away. Have you stopped to think about everything that has happened so far? How your baby developed and all the emotions you had.
See your baby’s progress, the fingers forming, the little face, feel the movements, follow each novelty and with all this, see your body taking shape and working to snuggle and protect it.
When you think about it that way, the pains caused by its growth inside the uterus become even less intense. These last weeks will be for him to strengthen each of the functions and gain muscle mass and gain weight.
Do you know how much he measures and how much he weighs that week? So keep reading and learn ways to ease the hassles of this phase.
Your baby measures about 43 cm and weighs 1.8 kg, with an increase of 200 grams per week. The heart beats 150 times a minute and it moves the whole body, at least until it grows bigger and has no space to move.
Vision and hearing are sharper. He blinks, follows the differences in light and can distinguish the sound of his voice. Responds to stimuli. If you haven’t started talking and singing for him, it’s still time.
The bones get harder and the nails grow. Provide a kit to cut the baby’s nail when your birth is you or someone you know who will do it. In fact, it is not such a complicated task, with a little care and attention, you will get your baby used to it and it will get easier.
In these weeks, he will start to turn or has already turned to the position fitted in the pelvis. As he loses space, he moves less, but the movements are felt stronger. If you don’t notice movement in a period of 2 hours to 3 hours, lie down, eat a chocolate and wait.
Any questions, talk to your obstetrician.
What happens to mom
Calm down, little. Headaches, back pain, pelvic pain, swelling and constipation will end. In a few weeks, the heavy belly will turn into a beautiful baby.
Tiredness and difficulty sleeping should last for a few more months after he is born, but if you introduce a sleep routine, this problem will also resolve itself.
The uterus is 15 cm above the navel and presses on many organs, especially the diaphragm and lungs, making breathing more difficult.
You put on about ½ kg a week, exactly to keep up with your baby’s weight gain. Your heart beats faster than normal beats.
Care that should be taken at this stage
The intake of fluids, preferably water, a balanced diet, with foods rich in fiber, iron, calcium and vitamin C, help in reducing the symptoms of pregnancy. One indication is omega 3, which benefits the baby’s brain formation.
Walking, yoga, pilates and water aerobics are the most suitable exercises, exactly because they are of low impact. The practice of physical activities strengthen the muscles and help at the time of delivery.
At bedtime, support your belly on a pillow and lie on the left side, the most suitable position for pregnant women, as they do not press the vena cava.
Have you checked if there is anything missing from your to-do list before the baby is born? One is to choose the pediatrician for the first consultation.
Among the tests requested by the doctor, starting this week, cardiotocography is performed, which assesses the baby’s heartbeat and movements. In the case of high-risk pregnancies, this test takes place once a month.
How to choose your baby’s pediatrician
The pediatrician will probably be the doctor who will monitor your child’s health for the next 12 to 13 years of life. Hence the importance of choosing a good professional.
To assess the pediatrician, consider the following characteristics:
– proximity or access to the office
– references or referrals from friends and family
– service by agreement or private
– service availability
– specialty in pediatrics
And of course, it is important that you feel free to take any questions about your baby and that he is willing to respond in the best possible way. Also, ask other patients how their care is.