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Pregnancy Week 32

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Your Baby's Development This Week

Your baby is now around 16 1/2 and 17 inches in length and about 4-4 1/2 pounds. While the baby is growing like crazy, the movements may seem less rowdy than previously. That is partly due to the fact that there is less room to negotiate in there now. The baby's movements may seem more bumping and squirming than kicking and flipping.

Baby's hair continues to grow and toenails have completely formed.

Most likely, the baby is head-down now, but not worry if he or she's still bottom down. Most babies will turn before labor, even though the uterus is more crowded.

Researchers say babies at this stage dream, although they only sleep in half-hour segments generally.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 32

The uterus can be felt about 5" above the belly button now. The upward growth of the uterus will result in more heartburn. To alleviate it, eat small frequent meals, don't lie down after meals, and ask your doctor what is permissible to take to help when the heartburn keeps you up at night.

Your uterus is gearing up for the big day, with practice contractions, or Braxton Hicks. If you are a first time mom, you might not even notice them, however as you get closer to birth, Braxton Hicks contractions will get stronger and longer. If you are unsure if it's the real thing, switch up your activity level. If you were resting, get up and walk. If you were busy, then take a warm bath or put your feet up. Real labor can't be abated by changes in activity.

Visit With the Obstetrician

You will probably begin seeing your doctor every two weeks now, as opposed to the monthly visits previously. After 32 weeks, a test may be done, called the biophysical profile or BPP to determine fetal health. This test is done whenever a baby's health is in question or if this is a high-risk pregnancy. It's a non-invasive procedure that combines an in-depth ultrasound with a nonstress test. The ultrasound portion will take up to an hour or so. Using both tools, the doctor will be attempting to obtain a snapshot of baby's overall health by looking at five specific aspects: breathing, movement, muscle tone, heart rate, and amniotic fluid.

Preparing for Baby

You might already know your baby's sex. Parents of sons have to decide whether or not to have their baby boy circumcised. Approximately 65% of all baby boys born in the US are circumcised, but the American Academy of Pediatricians remains neutral on the topic. It's a 5-10 minute procedure and is typically performed in first few days after birth, or possibly postponed for a couple weeks depending on doctor's recommendation. It is done under a local anesthesia, such as a cream applied to the skin, or through an injection. The possible benefits to the procedure are fewer urinary infections, less likely to have penile cancer in future, and lesser risk of sexually transmitted disease. The risks can include bleeding, infection and rarely painful erections later in life. This can be a difficult decision with so much conflicting information, so it is best to discuss it well in advance as a couple and with your physician.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Baby is now using all five senses, so it is an ideal time to work on connecting with the baby, in preparation for birth. If you have a firm idea of the baby's gender and have a name picked out, beginning using it. The baby will become accustomed to hearing it before birth. Reading to the baby, especially books you intend to share later with him or her are nice ways to connect. Also, singing to your child is something your baby will hear and respond to in utero. When baby is pushing or kicking in one spot, rub or push back gently. Make sure to take plenty of belly photos and record this first time period of baby's life. Journal your thoughts and feelings for baby to read later. When baby's big day arrives, you know you won't be strangers!

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rayleen Feb 13, 2015 06:32:01 AM ET

H.i i'm 31 weeks and 5 days. i feel sick all the time. i can't eat much. i was told i have gestational diabetes. i had full blown contractions when i was 30 weeks pregnant, and it lasted for 35 hours. they stopped on their own. i was in hospital for 2 days, and was told that i could go back into labour. this is my 5th child and i always had c-sections. i told my doctor and they won't answer any of my questions. i am going through depression. i also suffered from manic depression with my second child. he was a preemie baby born at 27 weeks.

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Jessica Jan 5, 2015 10:40:27 PM ET

On the 30th of december, i went for test and found that i am 10 weeks pregnant. can you estimate, when i got pregnant because i slept with two men, and now i'm not sure who the father of the baby is.

babyAnayah Jan 10, 2015 10:58:22 AM ET

When was your last period, an when was your due date?

Guest Jan 11, 2015 07:24:56 PM ET

Do the ovulation test.

khanyi Feb 19, 2015 04:01:26 AM ET

Hello. you probably got pregnant on october 24th-26th, because it took 3 days for the baby to stay in your womb. plus, sperms stay for 24 hours in you.

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Fifii Jan 4, 2015 06:39:11 AM ET

I am 32 weeks and 3 days pregnant. it's my first baby, and well, excited i am. my belly is as stiff as anything. i don't feel much movement by my lil' man but he is growing rapidly. luckily, no heartburn, just little aches and pains. i sleep really well at nigh, sometimes maybe over 12 hours. it's not long left until he is born, and i cannot wait to hold him in my arms.

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lilmamma 215 Dec 30, 2014 07:38:34 PM ET

If i'm 8 months and 3 days pregnant, when did i get pregnant and when will i have my baby?

Unknown Jan 11, 2015 07:08:15 AM ET

Ask your midwife or look in your pregnancy notes. if you don't know when you conceived, or when your due date is, how do you know you're 8 months and 3 days pregnant?

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Guest Nov 24, 2014 09:52:05 PM ET

I am 34 weeks. my baby's head has been down since my third month of pregnancy. is this normal?

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Suze Gregoire Oct 31, 2014 11:49:14 AM ET

I'm 31 weeks pregnant and i'm diabetic. this is my third pregnancy, but i lost the first and second one. can i ask the doctor to induce at 32 weeks because my blood sugar is very high?

yessie Nov 12, 2014 02:53:54 PM ET

Hi, suze. the doctor will not induce you because of high blood sugar. they will only induce you if there's a problem with the baby or you, and 32 weeks is way to early. if your not already taking anything for it, you should start right away. i'm 31 weeks pregnant with a massive headache and i need my baby to cook a little longer.

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Guest Oct 11, 2014 09:00:57 AM ET

I'm 34 weeks, and i'm having a girl. i've had a great pregnancy. i just can't wait to meet my daughter. she is my blessing.

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dwanna Sep 19, 2014 02:16:48 PM ET

I'm 33 weeks and 2 days. i'm so ready. i can't sleep at night, and i get numb on one side. i don't have that much longer to meet my baby girl!

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desirae Jun 21, 2014 04:35:30 PM ET

I am 32 weeks and 3 days and this is my first pregnancy. my over all pregnancy has been great. i'm really huge, but outside of that i've had no pains, no morning sickness, nothing at all. half of the time i'll forget i'm even pregnant, until i look down or go to get up. lol. i'm in the best shape ever. i walk every day at lease a mile or two a day. i cant wait to meet my son. i still can't believe i'm pregnant with no complications. once so ever i honestly don't feel pregnant at all and it feels so crazy. i just hope my labor & delivery goes as simple and easy, as this whole 8 months of pregnancy has.

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Christina Sep 16, 2013 05:51:42 PM ET

So i went for my 32 week check up today and they said i didn't grow from the tape measurement and no weight gain, and wanted an ultrasound before next check up. i was in tears but he reassured me that everything was ok, but can't get in until thursday.

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