You're 32 weeks pregnant

You are now in your 32nd week of pregnancy. Here is what is going on inside you body

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  • How big is your baby?

    Your baby will measure, from crown to bottom, around 29cm, which is about the size of a cereal box. He’ll weigh around 1.8kg.

    Now find out how your baby is growing…

  • How is your baby growing?

    Your baby sleeps most of the time, and rapid eye movements (REM) that are associated with dreaming are detectable. While your baby’s only awake about 5%-10% of the time, during these periods he can open and close his eyes.

    He’s also practicing breathing movements, to help his lungs develop. When he does this, he swallows amniotic fluid, which passes out through his bladder.

    Your baby’s senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch are fully developed. He may have changed position, turning his head down as he starts to get ready for birth.

    Now find what is happening in your body…

  • What’s happening to your body?

    At this point in your pregnancy, you may want to find out more about episiotomy. This is where a cut is made in your perineum – the area between you vagina and anus – to help widen your vagina and deliver your baby. The cut is then stitched up afterwards. You might have one to speed up your labour if your baby’s in distress, or if it’s thought you’re going to tear badly and that a surgical cut would be better. While having an episiotomy used to be pretty common, midwives now try to avoid them as much as possible, unless it’s clear you would really benefit from one. If you’re strongly against having an episiotomy, talk to your midwife, and put it in your birth plan.

    Learn more about what symptoms to expect this week and check out our week by week pregnancy guide...

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