In our pregnancy week by week guide, you can find out what to expect when you’re 32 weeks pregnant.

You at 32 weeks pregnant

You’re almost certainly feeling breathless at times, because of the pressure of your growing baby and uterus on your lungs.

Your belly button is either stretched flat or sticking out. If you have belly button piercings, it’s a good idea to take them out if you haven’t already.

pregnancy illustration, week 32

Baby basics
You’ll feel less like shopping as time goes on. So it might be a good idea to have some basics ready for when baby arrives:

  • somewhere for baby to sleep safely – a cot or bassinette
  • a properly fastened and adjusted, approved, rear-facing child restraint 
  • a safe pram or baby carrier 
  • lots of nappies and a nappy bag
  • wraps – really big cotton or muslin ones are best
  • clothes for dressing your newborn – most full-term babies can wear size 000, and 100% cotton is best next to baby’s skin
  • daily care essentials – baby wash (non-soap is best), cream for baby’s bottom, sorbolene cream for dry skin and a thermometer.

Most hospitals will give you a list of baby equipment. Birth classes will also help you go through the basics.

A freezer full of food is another good ‘baby basic’. You’ll have your hands full feeding baby, so it’s great if you’ve got something nutritious to feed yourself and other family members.

Packing your bag
If you’re planning to give birth in a hospital or birth centre, think about packing your bag now.

Essentials include hospital admission forms, maternity pads, pyjamas and some basics for baby (singlets, socks, tops and bottoms or one-piece suits, large cotton or muslin wraps). You might also want to put in some things for labour – old, oversized t-shirts, extra undies, warm socks and lip balm.

Easy-open tops for breastfeeding, along with a maternity bra and breast pads, are also a good idea.

Extra ultrasound scans
If everything’s going smoothly, you’re not likely to need any more ultrasound scans after 18-20 weeks.

But if you’re having twins or more, if you have a medical condition like gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia, if there are concerns about the growth of the baby, or if you’ve had problems in previous pregnancies, your doctor, obstetrician or midwife might suggest extra ultrasound scans.

If your baby is lying in the breech position towards the end of your pregnancy, your health professional might also recommend another scan to check why your baby is in this position and where your placenta is.

Your baby when you’re 32 weeks pregnant

Your baby’s weight has almost doubled in the last four weeks. From now on, your baby’s weight will grow faster than its length:

  • Your baby is about 28 cm long from head to bottom, and weighs about 1.7 kg.
  • Your baby is still putting on fat beneath the skin, looking plumper all the time.
  • Your baby might be head down now. If not, don’t worry. Many babies leave it until the last moment to turn around. Quite a few babies are in the breech position at birth.
  • Your baby’s eyes are a dark grey or blue colour. They’ll change in the weeks after birth, but you won’t know the final colour until about a year after birth.

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Last updated or reviewed
13-03-2016

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