32 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy week 32 fetus
length ~ 17 in  |  43 cm     weight ~ 4 lbs  |  1.8 kg   /   Mommy, you're HOT!

Fetal development in week 32

In the latest womb reports, your amazing baby has now developed sensitivity to temperature!

Which means you’re likely to get a swift kick if you put a hot pad or bag of ice on your ginormous belly.

For the Elton John lovers out there - baby’s got blue eyes.

Actually, even if you're too young to know who Elton is, all babies have blue eyes at this point.

This could easily change after birth (or even between now and labor), but for the time being, blue it is.

Thanks to their recently matured lungs and a strengthening immune system, over 90% of babies born in their 32nd week survive!

So - go ahead and throw a mini-party right now because it’s pretty much a done deal - you've got a human-being that's going to make it!

That's not to say you actually want your wee womb-squatter to pack their bags and move out now, because they'd still end up in the ICU for a good while, rather than in your arms at home.

Babies are best when fully baked!

And how's mom doing?

Choo choo... back on the same lame symptom train and the ride is ... well, let's just say you can count getting up to pee every 10 minutes as part of your daily exercise regime.

Also, when you're getting up for your millionth potty-break, watch out for lightheadedness and get up nice-n-slow during these last weeks as your blood tends to pool in the lower limbs, resulting in low cranial blood pressure.

If you haven't yet started facing the elephant in the room, it's time to bite the bullet and talk about labor and birth.

Let's be clear on one thing: your labor is your labor - it's not the doctor's, it's not your mother's, it's not even your partner's, so it's time to start taking steps to prepare yourself for one of the most intense experiences of your life.

In the next few weeks you need to resolve the following issues before labor kicks in

  • Who do I want around me while I labor? (People you trust).

  • What sort of pain management options do I want to use?

  • What sort of medical interventions do I want to avoid?

  • What sort of environment do I want to give birth in?

Your due date will be here before you know it, so don't start slacking now! It's not a good idea to be going in to labor unprepared and uncertain of what to expect as any lingering anxiety only serves to double the pain of contractions.

Did You Know?

Will there be sex after the baby? Studies show that—on average, first-time parents have sex two to three times per month two months after the birth of their child. By the sixth month, they increase their rate to three to five times per month. Interestingly, parents with two or more children have sex an average of three to four times per month two months after delivery, and four to seven times per month at the six-month mark.
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