32 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

32 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

This week, you’re 32 weeks pregnant. You’re officially 2 weeks into your 30’s and that babe of yours is the size of an armadillo this week! [I know I’ve been doing the fruit and vegetable comparisons, but I preferred the animal comparison this week… I am growing a little Texan in my belly, after all, so I thought the armadillo was perfect!

32 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Swelling of your feet, legs, hands, and face in pregnancy can be very normal and most all pregnant women complain of swelling at some point. Elevating your legs, wearing support stockings, and staying well hydrated can help to reduce discomfort related to swelling. Swelling can, however, be an early sign of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a high blood pressure disorder that can occur during pregnancy or soon after childbirth. If not recognized and treated, preeclampsia can cause serious complications. If you are pregnant, learn the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia: swelling of hands and feet, a headache that will not go away, seeing spots or having blurred vision, pain in the upper right area of the abdomen or shoulder pain, nausea and vomiting (in the second half of pregnancy), sudden weight gain, and difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms, especially if they occur in the second half of pregnancy, contact your health care professional right away.

32 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Okay okay okay… I get it now. The aches and pains of the third trimester are no joke, y’all! This baby girl is sitting nice and low. Sometimes I joke that if I really wanted to, I could braid her hair! The pressure is causing all kinds of… secondary effects… that are really rather frustrating! On the one hand, I can’t believe that I’m only 32 weeks pregnant… one the other hand, I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I’m already 32 weeks pregnant! It’s hard to believe that there are only 8 weeks left in this pregnancy… in just two months my baby girl will be here and I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HER!! But I’ll have to… 32 weeks is way too early for her arrival! I need her to cook cook cook a little bit longer!

Bump photos by Kristen Dee Photography

What are you feeling?

Butt problems

Remember that pressure I told you I was feeling down low and how it’s been causing some secondary issues? Well, those secondary issues are causing me some major discomfort this week. Hemorrhoids are no joke, y’all! And this one is really a source of extreme frustration for me – it wakes me up at night and keeps me consistently uncomfortable all day long.

I was up at 2am sitting in a hot sits bath when I decided to find a cure since Preparation H was not doing the trick and neither was this incredible stuff that usually nips them in the butt [pun intended, hah!], and I found a trick that SAVED THE DAY!

A cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar and applied to the area almost immediately removed the pain – I kid you not. Three hours later, I repeated the application and the pain was gone. GONE. The swelling was still there, but the pain relief was all I needed to be happy! BEST. TRICK. EVER.

Electric Crotch

The pressure manifests itself in other ways, too, you know! That feeling of electricity down below is no fun! My chiropractor says that it is because of baby girl’s positioning is putting pressure on a nerve that makes for all the electric currents that stop me in my tracks!

Tailbone Pain

For all that electricity up front, there’s also quite a bit of pressure in the back, too! Last pregnancy, I don’t remember all this downward pressure presenting itself until the very end [like 37 weeks and on…], bunt this time, I’m waddling like a duck and placing a hand on my tailbone as I do it! Thankfully, I’m visiting my chiropractor every week, which is incredibly helpful in the relief efforts!

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Preeclampsia

After week 20, your doctor will start monitoring your blood pressure and the level of proteins in your urine to check for preeclampsia. What exactly is preeclampsia? It’s a serious blood disorder that typically shows up towards the end of pregnancy and is marked by extremely high blood pressure. This condition, when not monitored and treated can affect all of the organs in a woman’s body and ca be pretty dangerous for the baby.

What are the symptoms? The first symptom is an elevated blood pressure level – that means a blood pressure reading of over 140/90. Another symptom is an increased level of proteins in your urine. While catching these symptoms requires a doctor’s visit, here are some of the symptoms you can be on the lookout for:

  • swelling of the hands and face or a headache that doesn’t go away.
  • seeing spots or changes in eyesight
  • pain in the upper abdomen or shoulder, nausea and vomiting
  • sudden weight gain
  • difficulty breathing

What will happen if I have preeclampsia? If you’re found to have preeclampsia, there are a few things that will happen. If it’s mild and you’re fairly early on in pregnancy,  you may be put on bedrest and monitored. If your preeclampsia is more elevated and you’re earlier in your pregnancy, you may be put on bedrest in the hospital. In both of those cases, you will probably be prepped to deliver your baby by 37 weeks, which is considered the safest time to deliver when preeclampsia is present. If you’re later in your pregnancy and/or the preeclampsia is severe, you’ll probably be sent to the hospital for delivery that day. In this case, it’s much safer for everyone with baby to be delivered than to cook any longer when mom is in that condition.

Pregnancy Milestone – Preparing for Maternity Leave

With 2 months left in your pregnancy, it’s time to start “closing up shop” if you have a job and will be taking a maternity leave. With my first pregnancy, I was teaching high school Spanish, so the maternity leave prep-work required of me was far more extensive then that it has been now with my work-from-home sales job. When preparing your work-load for maternity leave, there are a few things to consider:

1. Prepare for MORE than just 12 weeks.

When I was preparing for my 6 week maternity leave at school last time, I prepared 18 weeks of lesson plans. Seems excessive, doesn’t it? Here’s why:

Pre-Maternity Leave Planning – If I needed, for whatever reason, to leave for my maternity leave early [bedrest, preterm labor… etc], I wanted to be as prepared as possible so that worrying about the office was the LAST thing I had to do. So, I had 6 weeks worth of lesson plans ready for the 6 weeks prior to my due date. [This also made the last 6 weeks of working while pregnant MUCH easier on me!]

Maternity Leave Planning – I had my 6 weeks of maternity leave plans ready as usual!

Post-Maternity Leave Planning – Just in case I went past my due date and started my maternity leave a week or two later than planned, I wanted to have an extra few weeks ready to go. In this same method of thinking, what if I ended up having an emergency c-section or an experience that required a longer recovery period than what 6 weeks had to offer? I wanted to be prepared for the unexpected just in case. I ended up being infinitely thankful that I had chosen to overplan because the first 6 weeks back at work were much easier for me!

2. Consider that you may have to leave in a hurry.

Since you could go into labor at any time of day [or night], go ahead and consider the things you’ll need to do to truly close up shop at work. Type up your out of office reply and have it saved as a draft email for easy access to set up once labor has started. Make sure you have someone at the office who can help with any last-minute items you will need handled if you need to make a quick exit!

When it comes to handling the maternity leave prep-work, getting it done will allow you the opportunity to relax a bit and allow yourself to focus on the end of your pregnancy and that sweet baby’s arrival!

How to Survive this week:

Time to start prepping for baby’s arrival – and this might require some prepping to do at work! Getting everything ready for your maternity leave early will allow you to relax a bit and enjoy your last few weeks of pregnancy without worrying about all the preparations you’ll need to accomplish at the office! You’re 32 weeks pregnant and your precious little one will be here before you know it!

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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