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How Big is Your Baby?
Your due date is nearing, and you must sure be very excited. At this stage, the baby is still growing and weighs 2.5 to 3.8 pounds. It measures around 15.2 to 16.7 inches.
Baby's growth and development
In the week 32 of your pregnancy, the baby is preparing for its birth, at this stage your baby is most likely to be in the head-down position. Also, it is feel more cramped too.
Changes You Experience
The uterus has risen to about 5 inches above the belly button by now. At such a high level, it may cause breathing problem to some women as it starts pushing against the diaphragm. Heartburn can also increase owing to it. Your sleep will get disturbed to a great extent as the increased weight won't let you sleep in a comfortable position.
Backache, mild swelling of hands and feet, numbness of feet during the end of the day, will also stand to be the common symptoms during this week. Also, as your body retains fluids now and blood pools to the legs, it is advisable not to to keep standing for long.
If pre- milk has not started forming till now, the body may start producing it this week and one may experience some leaking. Breast pads are helpful to cover it up.
Braxton Hicks contractions can be an uncomfortable experience for women. They prepare the mother for the actual labor. Changing positions at intervals and taking long warm baths will surely soothe the mother. If they don’t help, contact your doctor.
If there is any sudden change in the nature or quantity of vaginal discharge, consult your doctor immediately. Also, it is important to maintain hygiene in order to keep the infections at bay.
In order to stay away from constipation, it is important that you keep your body hydrated. It also prevents haemorrhoids and eases out the discomfort of contractions. Have lot of water and clear fluids like ginger ale, herbal tea. Do not have tea, coffee and other forms of caffeine now. Maintain the quantity of iron, calcium, fiber, folic acid and vitamins in your diet. It is important that you have vitamin C because it aids in the absorption of iron in the body.
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