Welcome to Week 32
Your Baby: Nearing the Finish Line
By the eighth month, your baby is becoming her own little person. The baby weighs around 4 pounds (1,800 g) and measures about 16 to 18 inches long (40 to 45 cm). She is almost ready to make an appearance. The baby has red, wrinkled skin but would likely survive easily outside the uterus at this point in time. The baby will still continue to grow inside your uterus with every body part still maturing.
Your Body: Tips and Tricks to Get Through the Workday
It's a toss up as to what wears on you more - being pregnant or working 9 to 5. It's no wonder that when you put the two together, you're worn out by noon and ready for bed by 7 p.m. If your bulging belly is affecting your ability to work, you may consider some of the following suggestions to help cope with your day a little better:
- Take frequent short breaks during the day.
- If certain times of day are worse for you, ask to rearrange your work hours so that you are more comfortable and productive during that period of time.
- Be comfortable while at work. Wear comfortable clothes and sit at a comfortable desk and chair adjusted properly to support your lower back.
- If you are on your feet working all day, try resting one foot on a stool or something low at different times during the day. This will help to relieve some of the pressure off your back.
- For stress relief, use some of the relaxation techniques that you have learned in childbirth classes. This helps to relieve stressful periods during your pregnancy as well as during labor and delivery.
- You may need to modify some of your activities at work if the activity requires you to lift or maintain balance. Your weight change may affect your ability to perform certain activities. It could also be dangerous to you and the baby.
- Try changing some of your routine activities after work to be able to rest or take a short nap.
- Ask your partner to help with various tasks that you normally do, such as housecleaning or grocery shopping.
- Take care of yourself by listening to your body. It is important if you continue to work to recognize that you have to get enough rest and relaxation. Find solutions and you will be able to continue to work and remain healthy and happy too!
On a Different Note: The ABCs of Delivery
Are you anxious about labor and delivery? Are you eager to learn as much as you can about it ahead of time? If so, start by learning about different delivery positions.
With your due date fast approaching, you should start shopping around for a few infant essentials. You'll need a car seat to take your baby home from the hospital. Once home, you should have a crib or a bassinet for your baby to sleep in. Other must-haves include diapers - cloth or disposable - and some sleepers, booties or socks, hats, blankets, and some one-piece outfits. For the rest, keep your fingers crossed that your family, friends, and colleagues will shower you with gifts.
Reviewed By: LaQuita Martinez, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alpharetta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.