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    Less movement means, you guessed it, more growth.

    A developing fetus in the thirty-second week

    Your baby’s development

    Taking time to practice new skills.
    Your baby continues to grow during week 31, but his movements are getting smaller as he becomes more crowded in your uterus.

    Your baby weighs about 4 pounds and is almost 11.5 inches long from head to tush, or the length of a small watermelon. Here's what else is happening:

    • Your baby is practicing the skills he’ll need after birth, such as sucking, swallowing, and breathing.
    • Kicks and movements feel less powerful.
    • Lanugo, the soft, down hair that insulates your baby, continues to fall off.
    • Your baby’s skin is no longer see-through. It looks more like yours.
    A spoon, grains and a pile of vegetables

    Your nutrition and health

    Less is more: mini meals when you can’t eat a big one.
    If you find you can’t eat a full-sized meal all at once, that’s normal at 32 weeks. That’s because your uterus is enlarged and is pressing against your stomach, making it more difficult to eat.

    If you’re unable to eat larger meals, opt for mini meals throughout the day. Just be sure you’re getting nutrients from all 5 food groups (grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and protein). Here’s how:

    • Choose from at least two food groups for each snack, or from at least three food groups for each mini meal
    • Rotate through the food groups to cover all of your needed nutrients
    Adult legs extending on a couch

    Things to think about now

    Simple tips to help reduce swelling.
    As your delivery date nears, you might experience swelling in different parts of your body. This is completely normal. Try these simple tips to help reduce swelling symptoms:

    • Don’t sit or stand for long periods. Take breaks often and take a brisk, brief walk to keep circulation and fluids moving.
    • Elevate your legs when possible. Sleep with your feet propped on a pillow to keep fluids from pooling in your lower body.
    • Lie on your side. Keep one or both knees bent. Use extra pillows for support.
    • Maintain regular exercise, but be sure to check with your doctor before trying any new exercises.

      • Walking is ideal for swollen feet
      • Swimming or water aerobics push fluid from your tissues to reduce swelling
    • If you swell suddenly or if the swelling is particularly bad, contact your doctor.
    A pregnant woman with a bathing suit sitting near the pool with her legs partially in the water

    What happens next week

    Those little eyes are adjusting nicely!
    As your baby gets bigger, the pupils of her eyes can adjust to darkness and light, just like yours.