At 32 weeks, your baby's body is gaining more fat, and has also increased production of a protein and an enzyme necessary for generating body heat, which means they can now regulate their body temperature better.

Week 32

Mum

There are lots of contraction apps out there, so play around with them until you find the one you like best. Alternatively, practise timing your contractions using your watch.

If your breasts are leaking colostrum, tuck some nursing pads into your bra to protect your clothes. This is a good time to buy a few nursing bras and select at least one cup size bigger than you need at present.

Dad

Discuss with your partner how much parental leave you’ll be taking, and how (all in one go, or in half-days, for example). Remember to let your place of work know – the more warning they get, the better for everybody.

Baby

You are as big and as heavy as a honeydew melon. During the next seven weeks, expect to gain a third to half of your birth weight.

Photos in the bumpandbaby.co.nz/week-by-week/ are by Lenart Nilsson. Lenart's series was bought to fame when his photo, considered the greatest photo of the 20th century, appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1965. “Everyone interprets images differently, depending on their social, cultural and religious background. In the digital era, I believe it is more important than ever to go back and take a look inside ourselves. What better way of doing that than with these photos?” ~ Jane Stene, art gallery director and curator of Lenart's definitive black and white series, told the The Guardian in 2019. It is Lenart Nilsson's wish that his images are never used for political debate about pro-life.

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