Week 32 is a time when practice becomes commonplace. Your baby will begin to practice basic survival skills such as breathing and sucking. Your body is also going to be practicing certain skills, most notably those Braxton Hicks contractions. Those are helping to get your body ready for delivery.
What to Expect with Physiological Development
All of your baby’s major organs are developed fully now, except for the lungs. This means that if your baby needed to be born early, from this stage on her chances of survival are much greater.
Your baby is also beginning to inhale amniotic fluid as a way to practice breathing when that day arrives.
Your 32 Week Ultrasound
When you go in for a week 32 ultrasound, you’ll notice your baby is completely inverted, and in the correct position for delivery. Of course, if there are any issues with regard to positioning, your doctor will address those with you at this point in time.
Your baby’s fingernails are also fully grown. You might even be able to see these on an ultrasound. You should be noticing your baby kicking, moving his arms, and doing many of those other basic activities that will become familiar within just a few more weeks outside the womb.
Changes in You
One of the most noticeable changes you’ll experience in yourself is those Braxton Hicks contractions. That’s because your body is beginning to practice and get ready for the actual contractions that will help to push the baby out when the time is right.
If you don’t know what these are, they’re basically small contractions or tightening sensation that starts at the top of the uterus and then spreads downward. They can last anywhere between 15 and 30 seconds. Some have been known to last much longer than that.
The best way to determine whether these are Braxton Hicks contractions or the real thing is to change your physical position. When you switch positions, the contractions will stop.
What You Should be Doing
You might also notice that your dreams at night are beginning to be a bit interesting, to say the least. These are often due to pregnancy hormones. If you’re so inclined, consider getting yourself a dream journal and writing down some of these dreams when you wake up.
It’s also a good time to begin familiarizing yourself with the signs of early labor. This can include your water breaking, extremely painful cramps, vaginal bleeding, and an extreme tightening feeling in your uterus.
Ending Week 32
Begin discussing birthing options with your doctor and spouse or partner. Natural childbirth is always best, but a caesarean may be necessary for some women.