By week thirty-three, your baby weighs just over four pounds and measures a bit longer than seventeen inches! In the process of losing the last remaining vestiges that used to comprise their wrinkly, slightly alien-like look, baby is now a smoothed out, rotund little being encompassed in soft layers of fat that cover a still-hardening skeleton.
Despite the hardening of the skeleton, the bones located within their skull have yet to be fused together and will remain this way until early adulthood. The reason that the bones remain unfused is to allow for enough overlapping movement to enable the soft, pliable, and slightly separated skull to pass as unencumbered as possible through the birth canal while still providing the ample protection it needs.
Baby will continue to gain weight through the last remaining weeks of your pregnancy. Many of the foods you eat contribute immensely to his or her overall growth, such as eating calcium-rich foods that result in your baby’s bones firming up, undergoing the hardening process, and becoming durably strong.
To learn more about week thirty-three of pregnancy and all of its captivating developments, read on below!
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Your Physical and Emotional Health
33 Weeks Pregnant
During week thirty, your life may very well consist of sleepless nights full of aches and pain, and days spent waddling about as you clumsily bump into chairs, counters, people and more.
Many pregnant women are surprised during this time in their period when they begin to experience numbness, tingling, and shooting or burning pains in the wrists, fingers, and hands. Resulting from an increased level of fluid creating pressure in the bony carpal tunnel located on your wrist, nerves running within this tunnel become pinched.
Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist.
Nerves that run through this “tunnel” may end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache. The impacted nerves can result in mild pain or severe pain and is often vastly improved after giving birth.
For now, if you are experiencing any pain in your fingers, wrists, or hands, investing in a stabilizing splint will help to alleviate symptoms, as will taking on aposition where your arm is propped up, such as on a pillow.
If you are working during this time and your work requires a lot of repetitive hand movements, ensure that you are able to take frequent breaks to rest your hands and stretch them out.
At-a-Glance Chart of Common Week 33 Pregnancy Symptoms
|Strong movements from baby due to high amniotic fluid levels. Many Of your baby’s movements may feel particularly sharp and pronounced to your during this time||Fingernail changes are common. If you have fingernails that are brittle, try eating bananas, nuts, whole grains, and avocados to get plenty of biotin|
|Heavy, aching breasts can cause backaches and stomach pains. Try to mitigate the aches and pains by wearing a maternity bra with plenty of built-in support
|Dehydration affects many pregnant women during this time. It’s very common to be so wrapped up in your symptoms that you forget to take in adequate fluids. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking at last eight cups of water per day|
|Hip pain during this time will typically increase in severity. Make sure that you are not picking up heavy items and also take the time to sit down and rest frequently||A marked increase in severity of “practice” Braxton-Hicks contractions. Changing your position ought to make an episode of these contractions stop|
|An increased frequency of vaginal discharge is very common, and you may even feel like you are urinating. If you find yourself experiencing a sensation that feels like you are urinating, it may be an indication that your water has broken early.||Breathlessness: Due to your lung’s ability to fully expand, you may find it very difficult to breathe during this in your pregnancy. Try taking on a standing position and maintaining a straight composite to allow maximum airflow into your lungs|
|Exhaustion; feelings of malaise severely impacted sleep; sleep with vivid and/or unsettling dreams/nightmares||Mood swings; emotional peaks and valleys; Anxiety, nervousness, fear, agitation|
|Hemorrhoids; gas||Leg cramps
|Significant increase in frequency of urination||Clumsiness becomes more frequent as your belly grows even bigger and your center of gravity continues to shift|
Your Baby’s Health and Status
33 Weeks Pregnant
At this point, your baby’s nervous system is completely developed! Through the many months, baby has been hard at work becoming mature, and is now even enjoying its latest ability to differentiate between night and day! As a result of the thinning out of your uterine walls, light is able to penetrate the womb, and babyis able to tell when the two of you are out in the sunlight experiencing the daytime hours.
Another critically important development baby has undergone is that they are now the proud new owners of their very own immune system! Now you are passing your own antibodies to your baby as it continues to undergo the process of developing and fine-tuning its own immune system, which will be crucial to fending away germs from life outside the womb.
During week thirty-three and beyond, your baby is acting increasingly like a newborn; sleeping with closed eyes, opening their eyes while awake, engaging in a regular cycle of sleep and awake time, and chowing down whenever it sees fit.
Your little one feeds at many intervals throughout the day and will continue to put on additional layers of fat to pad and warm its little body. Next week, he or she will not only grow up to another full inch but also gain a half a pound each week thereafter, until it fully doubles in weight at the time of its momentous debut into the waiting world!
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge
33 Weeks Pregnant
- While in week thirty-three of your pregnancy you may engage in some slight coaxing movements to prep your baby into the correct position for childbirth. A great position to try is getting on all fours and wiggling your hips and arching your back
- Swimming is also a great way to coax your baby to turn headfirst and become prepared for labor. The breaststroke is particularly recommended. Make sure you talk to your doctor before entering the pool.
- Try to keep your feet up as much as possible, especially if you’re experiencing issues sleeping
- Try to avoid caffeine as they can worsen sleep issues. Remember caffeine is present in tea and chocolate too!
- Use many pillows in addition to a pregnancy pillow to enable you to become as comfortable as possible in bed. With your big baby bump and relentless urge to urinate due to baby pressing up on your bladder, it may require a plethora of pillows for you to become comfortable enough to sleep
It might also be difficult to get comfortable in bed. This can be even more of a
To-Do List and Reminders
33 Weeks Pregnant
- Practice exercises to encourage baby to “turn” and become prepared for birth
- Practice breathing exercises
- Invest in a wrist brace if you are having carpal-tunnel symptoms in your fingers, hands, or wrists
- Start ensuring that you are getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, also known as DHA, within your diet. Studies show that babies develop earlier when born to mothers who had plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. An omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet can also immensely help to prevent preterm labor and assist with depression issues.
Easy ways to get Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet are shrimp, red snapper, salmon, tilapia, pollock, and catfish. Try to stay away from swordfish, tuna, and shark as these types of fish have been found to contain toxins. If you’re not a fish-lover, you can also get omega-3 fatty acids from DHA eggs (check the label)
- Thoroughly read the reminders below and have many of them checked off your list
- Decide on the type of birth you will be having. Whether you are intent on using pain medication, an unmedicated, drug-free approach, or even having a caesarean birth, make sure that you are well-informed about the route you plan on taking
- Sign up for a childbirth class if you haven’t done so already. Childbirth classes are extremely valuable resources for pregnant women and their partners. Offering insights far beyond what you might expect, these classes cover pain-relief options for labor such as epidurals, medication, spinals, and a variety of drug-free approaches. Also offering a range of relaxation techniques, these classes are an outstanding resource for preparing both you and your partner for the upcoming big day
- Pack a bag for the hospital to be ready for your due date. Include a change of clothing, toothbrush, toothpaste, healthy snacks, slippers, a comfortable pillow, cozy blanket, nursing bra, and a camera.
- Stay vigilant in looking out for pre-eclampsia symptoms
- Invest in flat shoes with plenty of support to assist with clumsiness
- Decide you will be in the room with you during labor
- Research options for pain relief during labor
- Ensure that your health insurance is in place and is accepted by the hospital or service you will be using for birth
Omega-3 Fatty Acid: Also known as DHA, is found primarily in fish oils and crucial to the development of your baby’s brain and vision. Fetuses receive nearly all of their Omega-3 fatty acid during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Cool Things to Know About Week 33 in Pregnancy
- While there is no air in the amniotic sac, by now your baby would be able to smell scents if they were in her immediate environment
- As a result of their immense brain growth, the circumference of baby’s head has increased by ½ inch in the past seven days
- Women who are carrying female fetuses tend to experience baby brain more than women carrying male fetuses!
- The pressure on baby’s head during the birthing process is so intense that it can result in baby being born with a cone-shaped head!
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