Your baby’s bones are hardening around 33 weeks pregnant, and you may find yourself forgetting things.
At 33 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is 17.2 inches long and weighs 4.2 pounds. This is around the size of a lunch box.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 33 weeks pregnant:
- Your Child
- Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 33 Weeks
Bumps at 33 Weeks for a Real Mom Your Baby’s Development at 33 Weeks Pregnant
Your kid is getting ready for their big day by gaining fat layers, hardening their bones, and boosting their immune system. Here’s the lowdown on what’s going on with the baby at 33 weeks.
- Hardening bones: Your child’s bones are hardening. However, the skull will still be soft during delivery in order for the head to travel down the birth canal, often known as your vagina. It’s important to understand that newborns have sensitive patches called fontanelles between different portions of their skulls. They will close in a few years (yes, years), which is why you must be careful with the head after delivery.
- Baby fat: The baby is beginning to chub out by gaining fat on its arms and legs. Sure, it makes them extra cute (and less wrinkled), but it also helps them control their body temperature in the first few weeks of life.
- Peach fuzz: The baby’s lanugo, or soft coating of hair, is coming off this week, though some may remain on the baby’s shoulders or back at delivery.
- Immune system: You are delivering antibodies to your kid in order to prepare their growing immune system to battle pathogens once they are exposed to the outside world.
Ultrasound at 33 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: 33 Weeks Pregnant Signs and Symptoms
You and your body are going through a lot while you prepare for labor, from increased discharge to feeling Braxton Hicks contractions. The following are some of the most common symptoms you may be experiencing at 33 weeks pregnant:
- Overheating: Are you feeling toasty? Because your baby is emitting body heat, many pregnant women experience a higher skin temperature throughout the third trimester.
- Vaginal discharge: Because of your elevated estrogen levels, it’s fairly usual to have more white-colored discharge throughout the third trimester. Keep an eye out for an increase in discharge, but be wary of any drastic changes. If there are some red streaks in the discharge and it is gelatinous, almost like a jellyfish on the beach, it might be your mucus plug leaking, which is an early symptom of labor. If it’s a clear, thin fluid that comes out in a trickle or flood, it might be amniotic fluid leaking, and you should contact your doctor right once.
- Contractions caused by Braxton Hicks: As your body prepares to give birth, you may feel these practice contractions tightness of the tummy that isn’t regular or frequent—here and there. Keep hydrated to keep them from getting too unpleasant.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pregnant women retain fluids, causing swelling and putting pressure on a variety of things, most notably a nerve in and around the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by discomfort, numbness, and/or tingling in the hand and fingers. And if you use your hands a lot during the day, you’re more likely to get it. Carpal tunnel syndrome can worsen late in pregnancy; using a wrist splint or hand brace may assist. Discuss your alternatives with your doctor. Fortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome is likely to go away once you have a baby.
- The baby brain: Are you forgetful? There is no scientific proof that pregnant women suffer from memory loss or brain fog as a result of their pregnancy. You most likely have a lot on your mind. (Would you call it an understatement?) Furthermore, you may be sleep-deprived, worried, moody—or all of the above. As a result, the infant brain might feel genuine. Be kind with yourself, telling yourself that it’s alright not to be on top of everything at all times. Also, write some lists so your brain doesn’t have to remember everything.
- Contractions and sex: Sex is totally safe until the end of your pregnancy, as long as your doctor provides the go-ahead. But keep in mind that orgasm might cause contractions. But don’t panic; it’s very normal—in fact, you could have been having them all along but are only now recognizing them because your tummy is larger. Post-coital contractions are unlikely to induce labor, so have fun if you want to.
Your Life When You’re 33 Weeks Pregnant
You’ve reached the point where it’s all about making sure you’re comfortable and rested with fewer than two months to go. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
- Top tip: Maternity leave should be spent healing from childbirth and connecting with your new baby, not stressing about what will happen when you return to work. Take the opportunity now, if possible, to complete childcare arrangements so you may relax on your vacation.
- Take care of yourself: What’s the best thing about slippers? They will always fit and feel fantastic, no matter how bloated your feet become. A decent pair of slippers, whether shearling-lined, memory foam or sandals, will be a joy for your feet today and after the baby arrives. They’ll also come in useful while you’re laboring in the delivery room, as well as while you’re healing and at home with your kid.
- Postpartum preparation: Even if you’re delivering your baby in a hospital or birth center, you should prepare your home bed for, well, some post-delivery body fluids. A bed pad will keep your linens clean in the event of a leak while you sleep.
- You probably already have a pregnant pillow, but think about getting a wedge pillow as well. (After all, being a comfortable pregnant person needs a plethora of pillows!) During the third trimester, your expanding baby puts pressure on your stomach, which causes heartburn. If acid reflux and indigestion keep you awake at night, the wedge pillow can provide significant relief. If you opt to breastfeed in bed, it might also serve as a useful prop.
Your Belly at 33 Weeks Pregnant
Weight growth should continue to be roughly a pound per week at 33 weeks pregnant. You’ll keep this rate until your due date (and beyond, if you go that far!). You may have gained 22 to 28 pounds altogether by this point, so you’re definitely feeling heavy and may have slowed down a little. You may have even begun the famed pregnant waddle.
Amniotic fluid levels out about this time, and as your baby grows, you’ll have more baby than fluid. With less cushioning, baby’s kicks and jabs can feel sharp and unmistakable. Pay close attention to your motions and notify your healthcare practitioner immediately if you detect a reduction in them.
Real Moms’ 33-Week-Old Baby Bump