32 Weeks Pregnant
At 32 weeks pregnant, your uterus is measuring about 5 inches above your navel and is pushing your organs every which way (wherever there is room). This may cause heartburn or constipation.
Heartburn may become more of a problem as the uterus pushes up on the stomach. In order to minimize heartburn and indigestion, eat frequent, small meals instead of fewer, larger ones. Try avoiding acidic foods like tomatoes (such as spaghetti sauce or pizza). If this does not help, talk to your healthcare provider about taking antacids.
You may also be bothered by constipation more than ever. In order to lessen the symptoms of constipation, drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber. If it gets really uncomfortable and you are unable to have a bowel movement without pain, talk to your healthcare provider about stool softeners. Stool softeners are often combined with prenatal vitamins, but you do not want your system to become reliant on them.
Other symptoms of late pregnancy you may be experiencing include:
- Fluid retention, which can cause varicose veins and swollen ankles, hands, and face.