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33 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

33 Weeks Pregnant

33 Weeks Pregnant
33 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 17.2 inches long and weighs 4.2 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a lunch box.

Your Baby at 33 Weeks

  • Hard bones: Your little one’s bones are hardening! But the skull will still be soft at birth to allow the head to move through the birth canal—aka your vagina. Know that babies have soft spots called fontanelles between parts of their skull. They will close in a couple of years (yes, years), and that’s why you have to be gentle with the head post-birth.
  • Baby fat: The babe is also starting to chub out by adding fat on their arms and legs. Sure, it makes them extra adorable (less wrinkly too), but it mainly helps them regulate their body temperature in the early weeks of life.
  • Peach fuzz: The soft layer of hair called lanugo is falling off this week, though some may be left on the baby’s shoulders or back at birth.
  • Immune system: You’re passing antibodies to your baby to prep their developing immune system to fight off germs once they reach the outside world.

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You only have seven weeks left. You got this!

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 33

Photo by Tommy’s

Pregnancy Symptoms at 33 Weeks

  • Overheating: Feeling toasty? Your baby is actually radiating body heat, so many pregnant moms have a higher skin temperature during the third trimester.
  • Vaginal discharge: It’s very common to have more white-colored discharge during the third trimester because of your increased estrogen levels. Look out for an increase in discharge, but be aware of any big changes. If there are some streaks of blood and the discharge is particularly gelatinous, almost like a jellyfish on the beach, it may be your mucus plug coming out, which is an early sign of labor. If it’s a clear, thin fluid that comes out in a trickle or a gush—that could be amniotic fluid leaking, and means you should call you healthcare provider immediately.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions: You may be feeling these practice contractions—tightening of the belly that isn’t regular or often—here and there, as you body preps to give birth. Stay hydrated to prevent them from becoming too uncomfortable and from turning into preterm labor.
  • Carpal tunnel: Pregnant women retain fluids, which causes swelling and puts pressure, well, on a lot of things…but notably on a nerve in and around your wrist. This can cause pain, numbness and/or tingling in the hand and fingers called carpal tunnel syndrome. And you may be more likely to get it if you use your hands a lot throughout the day. Late in pregnancy, carpal tunnel can worsen; wearing a wrist splint or hand brace could help. Talk to your doctor about your options. Thankfully, carpal tunnel is likely to go away once you give birth.
  • Baby brain: Feeling forgetful? There’s no scientific evidence that pregnant women experience memory loss or brain fog because they’re pregnant. You probably just have a lot on your mind. (Can you say understatement?) Plus, you could be sleep deprived, stressed or moody—or all of the above. So baby brain can feel real. Be kind to yourself, reminding yourself that it’s OK not to be on top of every little thing. And maybe make some lists so your brain doesn’t have to retain it all.

Your 33 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At 33 weeks pregnant, weight gain should continue to be about a pound a week. You’ll stick to this rate all the way up to your due date (and beyond, if you go that far!). By now, you may have gained about 22 to 28 pounds total, so you’re probably feeling heavy and may have slowed down a bit. You have may even started the infamous pregnancy waddle.

Amniotic fluid levels out right about now, and since your baby keeps growing, you’ll have more baby than fluid. Less of that padding means baby’s kicks and jabs feel sharp and are unmistakable. Pay attention to the movements as much as you can, and call your healthcare provider right away if you notice a decrease in them.

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What About Sex? Is It Still OK?

Feeling sexy? Though some women have a declining sex drive during the third trimester, many are still feeling a surging libido (probably due to hormones and increased blood flow down there).

So long as your doctor gives the OK, sex is perfectly safe until the end of your pregnancy. It just might be a bit more awkward now, thanks to your 33 weeks pregnant belly. This is where you can get creative with positions.

Notice that belly tightening after sex? Yep, an orgasm can give you contractions. But don’t freak out; it’s totally normal—in fact, you may have been having them all along but are only noticing them now that your belly’s bigger. Problem is, those contractions can be pretty uncomfortable, especially as Braxton Hicks contractions ramp up, so you may have to rest a bit afterward. Some say a warm bath or a nap can help.

Just let your doctor know if your contractions come with any other symptoms—like fever, heavy spotting or bleeding (a little spotting is considered OK), headaches or vision changes—if the contractions don’t go away, or if you have more than four in an hour.

Post-coital contractions aren’t likely to put you into labor, so enjoy yourself while you can. But definitely consider toning it down a bit if those contractions are particularly uncomfortable or painful.

Giving Birth at the Hospital: What to Expect

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Even if you’ve had a tour of the hospital, you may not have a clear picture of what it will be actually like on the day (or days) you give birth. Ask your doctor lots of questions to demystify the process and also read up on what to expect at most hospitals.

If you’re giving birth vaginally, it will probably go something like this (c-sections will be different!):

  • Check in at the front desk. Some hospitals allow you to pre-register so the paperwork you’ll have to do is minimal.
  • Head to triage. There, you and baby will be monitored until the contractions are close together and your cervix is dilating enough to be admitted (usually three centimeters or more).
  • Set up camp in labor and delivery. How long you’ll be there is totally up to your body and your baby. You’ll hang out in your bed the most of the time if you’re getting an epidural. If not, you can probably move around the room while you labor, maybe taking a shower or sitting on a yoga ball. This is the room where you’ll meet your baby, unless a c-section is necessary, in which case, you’ll be moved to an OR. Either way, congrats!
  • Get moved to a recovery room. Here’s your new home for the next day or two. There, you’ll recover, get to know baby, start breastfeeding if you want to, and learn all about how to care for your new little one. Ask lots of questions and get as much help as you need while you’re there!
  • Buckle baby into their car seat and head home. Your home’s occupancy has just increased by one. Wow!

Top Tip for 33 Weeks Pregnant

Find out where you have to park when you arrive at the hospital and if you need a special permit.

Fun Fact

More babies are born in August and September than any other month. Feburary is the month with the least number of births. (Maybe because it’s the shortest month.)

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Week 33 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Embrace your inner penguin. It’s OK to waddle, mama.
  • Schedule your Group B Strep test for between 35 weeks and 37 weeks pregnant.
  • If you are thinking about a nanny share, put out a feeler on NextDoor or a local Facebook mom’s groups to see if any families with similar-aged children are interested.
  • Start packing your hospital bag if you haven’t already. You should have it completely ready to grab go by week 36, just in case!
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