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Priya K + Follow 11 Mar 2017
Week 32 Pregnancy

GROWTH OF THE BABY:Weighing a little less than 4 pounds and measuring 16.7 inches, the baby is growing unbelievably. The baby is taking up quite a lot of space in your nest. Growing at a phenomenal rate, your little one is gaining about one pound with every passing week. In the coming weeks, the baby is going to be absolutely prepared to brace itself for the world outside. Though still soft, the bones are completely formed by now. In your next ultrasound you might to able to see hair on your baby’s scalp. The tiny fingernails and toenails have completely formed.

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Your belly is expanding and nurturing your bub in a manner that your little one prepares for survival. At 32 weeks pregnant, you're likely feeling tapping and squirming instead of your baby's signature rocking and rolling. That's because, while comfy, your baby is a bit tight for exercise space right now — she’s actually back to a curled-up position (you try standing up in those cramped quarters!). Between 32 and 38 weeks, your baby will also probably settle into the head-down, bottoms-up position in your pelvis in preparation for birth. That's because the fetus' head fits better at the bottom of your inverted, pear-shaped uterus, plus it’s easier during childbirth if your baby comes out headfirst. Fewer than five percent of babies prefer the bottom down or breech position by full-term — so don't worry if your little bean hasn't assumed the head-down position yet. There's still a good chance she'll flip before birth, even in the tight confines of your uterus.

DIET & FITNESS REGIME: You are entering the eighth month of your pregnancy. You would notice a steep rise in your weight. Your body needs about 300 calories to cater to the requirements of your growing bundle of joy.
Because your blood volume has increased 40 percent to 50 percent by week 32, your hemoglobin level may become an issue. Your physician should regularly check your hemoglobin level. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Iron is a major component of red blood cells. Without iron, your body cannot effectively carry oxygen. You can obtain iron through your diet or with iron supplements. If your physician sees that your hemoglobin is low, he will prescribe iron pills. Foods high in iron include red meats, liver, dried beans, dried fruits, leafy green vegetables, peanut butter, eggs and fortified dry cereal

Vaginal vs Caesarean section delivery

1. Caesarean section is less painful than vaginal delivery.

2. It's impossible to have vaginal delivery if your firstborn was through C-section.

3. The bond between mother and her child is less through C-section.

Statistics:Studies conducted in 2014-15, India, suggest that government hospitals had 10% c sections whereas private hospitals had 30% c sections. But in Kerala, almost similar rates for CS and normal deliveries in both private and public sector.

Vaginal delivery

Pros:

  • Natural, Should be under careful supervision
  • Speedy recovery
  • Baby more immune to respiratory disorders

Cons:

  • Lingering pain in vaginal area
  • C section (first performed in 715 BC)

Pros:

  • High risk pregnancies can be effectively performed

Cons:

  • Longer recovery time
  • Child at a higher risk of respiratory disorders
  • Mothers at a higher risk of postpartum disorder


Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum. 

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