Week 32 of pregnancy can be a unique time for some mothers, this is when you begin to plan on taking maternity leave, looking for clothes for your baby, and yes, more maternity clothing for you. This is a time for changes and you might even find yourself planning on the big day. If you are having a Cesarean section, you and your doctor may begin preparations for it by scheduling tests and even planning the actual day.
Every woman’s body changes during the 32nd week of pregnancy. As the uterus grows, you will find yourself experiencing heartburn and constipation. You need to increase the amount of water you drink and increase the amount of fiber to avoid getting constipation. Your doctor or midwife can also recommend stool softeners for you to try. Use these under their supervision only. For the heartburn problem, you need to cut down on the amount of food you eat and the types of food. Start spacing your meals out and eat twice as often with the same amounts. Avoid anything seriously spicy or greasy as they tend to facilitate the occurrences of heartburn.
You might feel more out of breath and retain more fluids. Varicose veins are also known to develop during this time as well. If any of these symptoms begin to occur, let your doctor know. You will also start to gain more weight, around one pound each week. Your doctor will instruct you on whether you need to gain more or less to maintain a healthy weight. If you are worried that you might bother your partner due to the fact you cannot sleep, talk to him and take steps to ensure you are both happy.
During week 32, you should not be over exerting yourself and overly worrying about things that are out of your control. What you should be doing is planning ahead for the big day, by getting plenty of rest, planning your baby’s room and letting others do the hard work. If you are having early contractions, try changing your posture and drink more water. This will cause you to go to the bathroom more but it will help alleviate the pain.