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Pregnancy Calendar Week 32

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Your acrobat may be standing on his head now: most babies settle in the head-down, or vertex, position by this week.
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Your body is rapidly undergoing new and exciting changes every day. Our pregnancy calendar walks you through the journey from week 4 to week 40. Its our step-by-step guide to every gurgle, kick, and craving!
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Shopping for your newborn

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Shop for It Are you ready with all your baby must-haves? Have you shopped til you dropped and ticked off all the items on your list? Or are you still baffled by babygros and cotton cellular blankets?
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Signs of preterm labour

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Early Arrival Very occasionally, babies decide to make an early appearance. Although you shouldn't worry unnecessarily about preterm labour, it's good to know what the symptoms are, just in case. Call the midwife or doctor if you experience: 1. Real contractions that grow increasingly regular and painful, as opposed to practice ones 2. Pressure and aching in groin area or lower back 3. Pinkish or brown vaginal discharge or spotting.
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Let others share the magic

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It Takes Two Parents-to-be can share the magic of pregnancy in many ways. Keeping a diary is a great way to express personal feelings. Mums, especially, need to remain sensitive to the needs of their partners who may feel cut off from the experience. Share any new sensations you feel from within, encourage your partner to talk to your bumb and to feel your baby's responses. And spend time together guessing at your little one's future temperament, facial features and little habits.
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How your little one is already putting his organs to use

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What's That I can See? At 30 weeks, your little one's eyesight is sensitive enough to pick up changes in luminosity inside your womb. Your baby will respond by blinking and moving away if a bright light is shone onto your abdomen. Now measuring between 35 and 38 cm long (around 14 inches), and weighing around 1 kg (2.5 lbs), your baby has also been busy practicing breathing movements in preparation for life in the outside world.
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Making the most of your maternity leave

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Make the Most of your Maternity Leave Though you may feel impatient to meet your baby, don't wish the final weeks of pregnancy away. This is a great opportunity to concentrate on yourself for a change. So why not join an antenatal class, such as yoga or aqua aerobics, where you can make new friends. Or take up that hobby you've always wanted to try. Make time to see your friends, too, before the nesting instinct kicks in and you become obsessed with the urge to get the house ready for the new arrival.
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Choosing the right car seat

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Choosing the right car seat
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Hello Mum, I can hear you!

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What's That Noise? Sound is one of the most stimulating aspects of your baby's world. Although the amniotic liquid has a muffling effect, the womb is filled with noises from your own body and from the outside world. Your baby already startles to loud noises and pays special attention to certain special sounds: your voice in particular, as well as music and other voices nearby. Make the most of this.
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Growing bigger and stronger by the day

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Chubby Cheeks! Over the next one month, your little one will be gaining weight at the rate of about a quarter of a kilo per week, storing layers of fat in preparation for life in the outside world and making your bump seem bigger by the day. Keep an eye on your baby's movements after spicy meals this month, as certain flavours can affect your amniotic liquid and your little one is now able to differentiate between sweet and sour.
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Your antenatal class curriculum

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A Class Act Your idea of childbirth classes is probably formed from a mixture of film scenes and hearsay from other expectant parents, and the idea of sitting on the floor in a circle practicing breathing techniques with total strangers might not appeal to you or your partner. But don't let your preconceptions put you off. The vast majority of classes are relaxed, fun affairs during which couples can find answers to all their questions, share their concerns and gain vital insight into what the big day will bring. Be sure to look into all the options available in your area before signing up.
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Treasure the memory

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Tip of the Month It's easy to lose sight of your loving relationship, with parenthood looming so large in the future. So try to put a regular date in your diary for grown-up fun, romantic outings, or a special candlelit meal at home. Make the most of each other's company now. The opportunity for a quiet, uninterrupted cuddle will be rare once junior arrives!
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Swatting up for the big day

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SNEAK PREVIEW If you want to go the extra length and supplement antenatal classes with some home-based learning, get a selection of books, magazines and information pamphlets on labour and birth, and watch videos that show what a vaginal delivery and a caesarean section are actually like. Being well prepared will help you to be less anxious on the day.
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Don't forget your homework

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Tip of the Month Athletes always perform better if they've perfected their skills well in advance. The same will be true for you in labour. If you take time at home to rehearse the pain management skills you've learned in your classes, you'll be able to perform the relaxation, breathing, and coping techniques much more successfully when you really need them. Fifteen minutes practice a day will make all the difference on the day. So make it part of your daily routine and get those pelvic floor muscles working!
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Your growing needs

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Eat Up for the Birth With only a few weeks to go, it's worth thinking about your dietary intake again. You'll be needing good energy reserves to get through the big day.
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Daddy's checklist

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Daddy's Checklist As birthing partner, you have your own list of To-Dos for the birth. If you haven't done so already, visit the maternity unit and work out a couple of routes from your house in case your usual one is blocked on the big day. Prepare the camera, and get to grips with the baby's car seat in advance.
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Sight and sound

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What can your baby see and hear? Learn how your child's senses are optimized for bonding with you, and how to use sight and hearing to connect with your little one even before he is born.
Learn about your baby's sight and hearing

How long can I keep working

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Stay Comfortable at Work As long as you are having no complications, you should be able to continue working right up to the final weeks or even days of your pregnancy. But make sure you schedule in regular rest times (15 minutes is often enough) when you can switch off from the daily grind and tune into your baby's world.
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What to do about stretch marks

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About Stretch Marks Stretch marks – the dark lines that can develop on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks and thighs – occur when the connective fibres in the skin become damaged after persistent stretching. Other than their unsightliness, they have no health implications, and more often than not they will fade over time.
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How to stay comfortable on the job

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Stay Comfortable at Work As long as you are having no complications, you should be able to continue working right up to the final weeks or even days of your pregnancy. But make sure you schedule in regular rest times (15 minutes is often enough) when you can switch off from the daily grind and tune into your baby's world.
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Helping your child to feel part of the pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a joyful time -- one that you'll want to share with everyone you love. To include your young child, help her see the baby as a real little person who is already part of your family. Here's how!
Sharing your pregnancy with your child

Let sleeping mums lie

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Difficulty sleeping? Between a kicking baby, frequent trips to the bathroom, and the challenge of finding a comfortable position, it can be hard to sleep when you're pregnant. Fortunately, we have tips to help.
How to get a good night's sleep while pregnant

Shop 'til you drop

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Baby booties, bath towels, stretchsuits, nappies -- here's a list of everything you'll need for your newborn's early days at home. Plus, important safety tips to keep in mind while shopping for children's clothing.
Your baby's first shopping list

Is sex okay?

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Wondering if it's safe to have sex during pregnancy? Learn how pregnancy affects orgasm and libido; what your partner may be feeling; and when spotting or other complications are cause for concern.
Enjoying sex during pregnancy

You're almost there!

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The last trimester is a remarkable period of growth and development for your child. It's also a time for you to slow down and take it easy. How to make these last few months more comfortable and fulfilling? Read on!
Taking care of yourself during the last trimester

Just testing - or real thing?

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While Braxton-Hicks are harmless "practice" contractions, preterm labor is the real thing. Here's how to tell the difference between the two -- plus how doctors stop preterm labor, and steps you can take to prevent it.
What you need to know about preterm labor

Can I Keep Working?

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It's a question every pregnant woman eventually asks: How long can I keep working? For the answer to this question -- plus on-the-job strategies for staying healthy and comfortable at work -- read on!
Working while pregnant

In the home stretch

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Now that you're in your last trimester, your expanding belly may cause shortness of breath, heartburn, and indigestion. How can you make your last three months more comfortable? Read on!
Easing third-trimester discomforts

Listen with tum

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Did you know you can set the stage for reading even before your baby is born? From gathering your favorite children's books to writing your baby's daily story, here's how to make reading a part of your child's life.
Setting the stage for reading