week 26

Your baby’s development

At 32 weeks pregnant your baby is now about 42cm long and weighs around 3lb 7oz. All of their systems are well developed with the exception of lungs and digestive tract, which need a few more weeks yet.

When your baby is awake their eyes are open and they’re doing lots of things that a newborn baby would do, like grasping at their feet and sucking their thumb. Your baby is also making lots of facial expressions and you’re probably fascinated to see what they’ll look like when they come into the world!

You & your body

Sciatica causes a pain that can go from your back, over the bottom and down the legs and is common during late pregnancy. It can be down to a trapped nerve or the position your baby is in. Make sure you avoid lifting anything heavy and when you sit, try sitting cross-legged on the floor (like school children do). Some sciatica sufferers find sitting very painful so it may be better to lie down. Or sit using a pillow behind the small of your back for support.

When sleeping, see if you can lie on your left hand side, which will help the blood flow better around your body and can help with sciatica during pregnancy. You might find that sleeping with a wedge-shaped pillow underneath your tummy or using hot or cold packs helps to reduce your back pain. And it’s wise to avoid high heeled shoes! Seeing a physiotherapist can help in some cases.


You may also want to read our article about backache in pregnancy for more tips and advice.

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Did you know?

Braxton Hicks can occur more often if you get dehydrated. Drinking a couple of glasses of water regularly during the day can help.

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