Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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THIRD TRIMESTER / WEEK 32

32nd Week of Pregnancy

Smart Solutions for Pregnancy Swelling
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Baby's Growth and Development When You're 32 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is spending quite a bit of his time practicing the skills he'll need after birth, such as sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Other changes during your 32nd week of pregnancy include:

  • At 32 weeks of pregnancy, your baby weighs about 4 pounds and is almost 11½ inches long from crown to rump, or the length of a small watermelon.
  • Lanugo, the soft, downy hair that insulates your baby, continues to fall off this week.
  • You might notice a change in your baby's movements this week, as he becomes more crowded in your uterus.
  • Kicks and movements might seem less powerful.
  • Be sure you monitor your baby's movements from time to time, especially if you think you've noticed a decrease in activity. The10-Kick Count can help.
  • Your baby's skin is no longer see-through. It looks more like yours.

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Your Changing Body When You're 32 Weeks Pregnant

When you’re 32 weeks pregnant, you might experience new symptoms or continue with now-familiar late-pregnancy symptoms as your body responds to your growing baby's needs.

  • You might notice that your skin across your abdomen, in particular, is dry and itchy from ongoing stretching and tightening. Lather on the lotion for some relief! Thick, creamy body butters are best.
  • You might be feeling some anxiety about your baby's upcoming birth or your responsibilities as a new parent. Finding out more information about what you can expect and making decisions about his birth and care after he is born can help.
  • During your 32nd week of pregnancy, you might begin to notice mild swelling in your hands, face, legs, ankles, or feet caused by the extra fluids in your body.
  • Some swelling (or edema) is normal, but this is one area your doctor will watch closely.
  • Swelling is usually worse in late pregnancy and if you're pregnant during the summer.

Swell Solutions for Your 32nd Week of Pregnancy

Soothing Sciatica Pain

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Wellness and Nutrition When You're 32 Weeks Pregnant

When you’re 32 weeks pregnant, you might find yourself eating less at one sitting and moving less in general. But less can still mean more!

Snack for Balanced Nutrition

  • If you find you can't eat a full-size meal all at once, opt for mini-meals throughout the day. Just be sure you're getting nutrients from all of the food groups.
  • Try to choose food from at least two food groups for each snack or mini-meal choice.
  • Rotate through the food groups to hit on all of your needed nutrients.

    Focus your time and energy on activities to meet your needs right now:

  • Swimming — great for alleviating swelling or pain from sciatic nerves
  • Walking — a strong choice for reducing back pain, swelling, or leg cramps
  • Prenatal Yoga — perfect for easing worries and encouraging relaxation as well as fitness