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32 weeks pregnant
Baby R-C is probably sucking on his thumb, and is busy sprouting some hair on his head. He is also rotating into the birthing position as he moves his head closer to your pelvis. It’s time to start thinking more about the delivery, including whether you want to use pain medication during labor.
The Baby Bit
Baby R-C keeps getting closer and closer to being born, and now measures in at close to 18 inches (45.7 cm), the size of a pomelo, and weighs about four pounds (1.8 kg). His head has a full coating of fuzz, and his skin is filling out as he packs on the pounds. He is still a little ways away from his first mani-pedi, but he does have a full set of both fingernails and toenails already. In fact, one of his favorite activities right now is sucking his thumb, which actually improves coordination and familiarizes him with his body. You’re a bit of time away from when Baby R-C sucking his thumb could be a problem – at this point, it’s probably actually a sign of healthy development.
Baby R-C is really practicing for the big stage, breathing and “swimming” like crazy. He is also probably already in the head down position to prepare for delivery. Although there’s no guarantee, over 90% of babies born in the 32nd week of pregnancy survive, so if the reality of a person in your womb hasn’t sunk in yet, it really should soon.
The Mama bit
This late in your pregnancy, you know your symptoms pretty well, and of course they differ between all moms. You’ve probably reached a peak in that increased bloodflow by now that’s been contributing to any number of symptoms, so those symptoms are probably still present. Just remember, that extra 50% of blood in your body is currently helping to keep Baby R-C snug and safe, and is going to help make up for the blood you lose in delivery. Probably the most common symptom of third trimester pregnancy is the increased need to pee, so never go too far from a bathroom! The hemorrhoids, flatulence, and constipation might continue as well. It’s also time to start thinking about what you want to do for pain management during delivery. You’ll have plenty of time to discuss your options with your healthcare provider, as you’ve reached the point where even the healthiest pregnant women’s appointments increase to once every two weeks. Epidural anesthesia is among the most common pain management options, though many women also opt for other medications, or elect to have medication-free births entirely.
It’s also important to prepare for after delivery – you want to be as prepared as you can be for Baby R-C’s arrival, including “baby-proofing” the house to keep it as safe and welcoming as possible for the day when you finally get to bring him home. Baby R-C may not be up and moving on his own right away, but he will reach that point sooner than you know it, and you’ll be glad to have dealt with any potential hazards before then.