Monday, December 20, 2010

Hello aida! 32 weeks pregnant

No wonder you're starting to feel huge - it's crowded in there! The growing pressure on your bladder may mean frequent trips to the loo — which can make a good night's sleep difficult. You may be gaining around 500g / 1lb a week now and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next seven weeks, fattening up for survival outside the womb. Thanks to these fatty deposits, his skin is getting plumper and looking healthier.

How your baby's growing

If your baby's a boy, his testicles have probably moved into his scrotum. Sometimes, one or both testicles don't get into position until after birth but don't worry. Undescended testicles often correct themselves before the first birthday. Read more information on your baby's development this week.

How your life's changing

You're probably gaining around 450g /1 lb a week now, and roughly half of that goes straight to your baby. In fact, he gains a third to half of his birth weight during the next seven weeks, fattening up for survival outside the womb. Thanks to these fatty deposits, his skin is getting plumper and healthier looking. Follow our tips for eating well over the next few weeks.

It's hard enough to get to sleep when you're pregnant without worrying about whether you're
disturbing your husband too. Follow our tips for a safe night's snooze. If you're concerned that sex in the final months will harm your baby, stop worrying. For most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their waters break and may even help jump-start labour, if the baby's overdue. So go for it!

Planning ahead

Midwives often recommend staying at home for as long as possible in the early phase of first stage labour. You could use a TENS machine to take the edge off the pain as the strength of the contractions increases - you may be able to hire one from your hospital (you need to check ahead of time) or your antenatal class instructor.



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