Belly development at 32 Weeks Pregnancy
Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012
By week 32 your baby will have undergone considerable growth and development. She would be around 19 inches in length and would weigh approximately 4 pounds by this time. After this point, babies are able to survive outside the womb. Baby weight gain is at its highest during the third trimester and about 28 grams may be gained each day. This weight gain will reflect in the size of your abdomen. Your 32 weeks pregnant belly will have enlarged quite a lot and this is also the time when your abdomen will drop down low as the baby shifts into a downward position in preparation for birth...
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...The 32 weeks pregnant belly size should be around 30 to 34 cm. Coincidentally; the measurement of a pregnant belly in centimeters actually corresponds to the number of weeks of pregnancy. There may be a slight variation of about 2 cm.
In case your 32 weeks pregnant belly measurement is below 30 cm, your doctor may perform an ultrasound scan known as a growth scan. This helps to accurately measure the baby’s growth. The scan also helps to measure the various parts of the baby. The doctor may then ask you to come in for another scan in a couple of weeks to monitor how much growth has taken place. In some cases, the belly may appear smaller when there is a lesser amount of fluid surrounding the baby. Belly measurement may also be affected by your height, abdominal muscles and shape. The position of the baby is another influencing factor. There may be variation in the rate at which babies grow. Therefore when average baby growth charts or figures are used, the measurements may not match up. However this does mean that something is wrong. Your baby may seem to be smaller in size for some time and may then experience a growth spurt. Genetics and ethnic background can also play a role in the size of the baby. If your baby is active and you have been going for your regular checkups, there is no need to worry.
As your belly grows larger towards the end of the pregnancy, you may experience certain symptoms such as lower back pain, constipation, heartburn and hemorrhoids. Sleeping problems may also occur during this time. To help you sleep better, you can make use of a pregnancy pillow. These pillows conform to the shape of the body and relieve discomfort.
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