Your pregnancy at 32 weeks
What's happening with mum
If you haven't yet experienced Braxton Hicks, you should start feeling them around now and they will become stronger and more frequent. Your tummy may often feel hard and the skin stretched very tight.
You may also find you have trouble breathing or are sometimes short of breath. This can be caused by pressure on your diaphragm, caused by your growing uterus.
Your weight is likely increasing at the rate of around a pound a week. This increase is partly due to an increase in the volume of blood your body is producing. Over the last 32 weeks it will have gone up by 40 to 50%.
What's happening with baby
As baby continues to grow, his developing brain will make preparations for birth. This includes the section of the brain called the hypothalamus. This acts as a control center and amongst many other things it is also the body's thermostat. It knows what temperature your baby's body should be and sends messages to keep it regulated.
This means that the fine, downy covering of hair called lanugo, which has been insulating and keeping baby warm is no longer required and around this time it will begin to fall off.