Your baby’s digestive system is also ready for the momentous transition to mouth feeding. And although you are a few weeks away from the date of delivery, your baby is looking like a new born. Fat has continued to accumulate under his skin and it’s no longer transparent.
Fetal position: Breech or head down?
By this week, you are probably feeling squirming and tapping instead of your little one’s signature rolling and rocking. That’s because although your baby is comfortable, he doesn’t have plenty of space right now. He is now in a curled-up position. In a few weeks, your baby will settle into the head-down position in your pelvis as he prepares for the big day. That’s because his head fits perfectly at your pear-shaped uterus. It is also easier if your baby comes out with his head first.
Baby’s sleep cycles
Speaking of the D-day, hope you are preparing and resting for it because your bambino is. Your little one is sleeping like an angel (with regular wake and sleep cycles) in preparation for the delivery date.
Your baby is probably preparing for delivery this week by flexing his muscles. If you feel your uterus hardening and bunching once in a while, those are known as Braxton Hicks. The irregular practice contractions are usually felt first around mid-pregnancy and increase in strength and frequency as you progress.
These rehearsals are just a warm-up for the big day and usually experienced in early weeks. It is more intense in women who have been pregnant before. The contractions feel like a tightening sensation that starts at the top of your belly and spreads downwards. They last for between 15 to 30 seconds.
They usually stop when you change your sitting position; therefore, you should try to walking if you have been standing or getting up if you are lying down.
If you are experiencing real labor contractions, then they will be regular and stronger. In the mean time, you can try a hot shower to help with easing the discomfort.
Week 32 pregnancy tips
- Don’t obsess over those stretch marks. Study by the American Academy of Dermatology has shown that up to 90 percent of pregnant women get them. They are also a sign that your baby is growing.
- Know the signs of early labor: period-like cramps, diarrhea, tightening feeling in your womb, water breaking and vaginal cramps.
- Your growing uterus is crowding and you may find that your appetite is waning. Try eating, regular small snacks.