32 Weeks Pregnant: Where are Baby’s Feet?“I release tension. My womb has so much space for you, baby.”
Welcome to 32 weeks! Today we’re going to bust some preconceived ideas and be proactive about baby’s positioning.
Maybe you’ve heard from you care provider that baby’s position doesn’t matter until 36 weeks. We’re on a mission to change that notion. By reading this now, you’re able to lovingly make space for baby and get your body ready for easier childbirth.
Baby’s position fits the shape of available space inside the womb. This space is shaped by the abdominal and pelvic muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue (or fascia). If uterine space is not optimally available, then baby’s body may not line up with the way out. So how do we figure out what needs to be done?
First, learn how to identify your baby’s position with our Belly Mapping® Workbook. This playful, bonding time with baby is also fun and relaxing. Second, add balance to your body. (See our Spinning Babies Activity of the Week.) This allows baby to move in response to the room created by the release of tension or torsion in the soft tissues and joints. And we all have tension, simply from the way we sit in the car or at our computers, or how we carry heavy bags or children on the same side all the time.
Our goal is to encourage an ideal labor starting position for baby. Once labor begins, baby almost always changes position to rotate as they move through the pelvis. Being head-down is a great first step toward optimal positioning.
If baby is breech or sideways at 32 weeks, get started with turning activities and add professional bodywork. Try our self-directed 6-day program for Helping Your Breech Baby Turn. See Week 31 for more tips about turning a breech or transverse baby.
Spinning Babies Activity of the Week
No matter what position your baby rests in (including head-down), begin practicing the Forward-Leaning Inversion once daily for 30 seconds or three-to-four slow, mindful breaths.
Forward-Leaning Inversion helps make more room in the uterus by untwisting any ligaments in the lower uterus and cervix. Baby will use that space, with the natural pull of gravity, to snuggle into a more ideal position for birth.
Read our full instructions before beginning and have a helper nearby. Don’t do the Forward-leaning Inversion if you have heartburn, glaucoma, high amniotic fluid, hypertension, or are at risk of a stroke.
Your Baby This Week
Did you know that even babies dream? Right around now baby’s REM or dream cycle begins! What do you think your baby dreams about? Baby weighs almost 4 pounds and measures about 16.5-17 inches long.
You This Week
It’s possible you’ve already noticed some Braxton-Hicks or toning contractions, which we like to think of as practice contractions. Your uterus is warming up for the big day! Toning contractions feel like a tightening and hardening of your belly but should not be painful. There’s no need to worry about these practice contractions. If they become more frequent and increase in intensity call your provider. Other normal pregnancy changes include darker areolas—possibly to help baby see them better—and increased vaginal discharge.
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy: