Pregnancy week 32
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How's the foetus during week 32?

Getting cramped in there

  • Your baby is about 42.2cm in length from crown to heel and weighs about 1,7kg- the size of a pineapple.

  • Her toenails have grown and all five senses are working.
  • Your baby may not move as much because there is less space available in the uterus.
  • Your baby passes urine from her bladder.

What's with my body: Picking up weight

  • Haemorrhoids can become a problem because your growing baby presses down on your pelvic floor.
    You are probably gaining about 450g a week, but don’t worry, it's mostly baby, not you. 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

You and your partner have probably started thinking about names by now for your little one. Choosing a name for your baby is exciting – and has a long term impact!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's neurons are now in place and he already has billions more than there are stars in the universe. From now on, each neuron is forming up to 15,000 links with other neurons as he receives and responds to signals and information. Your baby's brain is forming trillions of connections, making it possible for her to learn in the womb. All of this brain development may be the reason that your baby sleeps frequently at this stage.

How you may be feeling:

Although you may be feeling more flexible these days, you might also be experiencing a decrease in your mobility.

Take extra care when getting out of the bath or any other low position - make sure to move slowly and try not to let your pelvis and lower back bear the brunt of any exertion.

That doesn't mean you need to stop exercising though, as keeping active will help relieve back, hip and leg pain. Walking, swimming, practicing yoga and Pilates will all help you recover physically after childbirth.

For the guys

Conventional wisdom - and society's deep-seated stereotypes - still tells us that a Real Man's place is in the office (with a white collar and a briefcase); a woman's place is in the kitchen (barefoot and pregnant, please); and that any "work-versus-family" concerns are solely for women or sissies.

Dads, for the most part, are left alone... left to wallow in their guilt about getting home from work when the baby's already been put to bed.

So how do we alleviate that guilt? How do we make things right with our baby? And how do we get them to say "Dada" instead of "Mama"? Read more in The Involved Dad.

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