What to do when you’re 33 weeks pregnant? We’ll help you answer all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 33.
Your Baby in Week 33
Now he continues to accumulate fat under his skin!
At week 33, although your baby’s skeleton continues to harden, the bones in his skull are not fused together yet. This makes it easier for him to move and fit through the birth canal. He continues to accumulate fat under his skin which makes him lose that translucent look more and more. This also reduces his wrinkly appearance. Your baby now weighs around two kilograms and measures up to about 18 inches in length.
Although your baby could sense light and decipher the difference between day and night a couple of weeks ago, his sense of light is improving day by day as your uterine walls are becoming thinner. You may feel that your baby’s movements and kicks are getting sharper at this stage of your pregnancy.
What’s the big news this week, you may be wondering! Big news comes in the form of your baby’s very own immune system. While antibodies are being passed on from you to your little soldier, he will continue to develop his fetal immune system. Once he is born, he will use his own immune system as an armour to protect himself from germs and other elements that could harm his body.
As your baby is already in position with his head facing downwards, he could descend into your pelvis at given time in the next few weeks to come. It not only makes it easier for the mother to give birth but also allows for the blood to flow to your baby’s rapidly developing brain. At this stage, he continues to suck on his little thumb and he is able to hear your heart beating at all times.
Symptoms of Week 33
Round ligament pain and growing belly
Round ligament pain is another name for the pain that you have been experiencing in your growing belly. This pain occurs because the ligaments that have so far been supporting your belly are now stretching out and gradually getting thinner. The more your belly grows, the more the ligaments stretch. Go easy, will you?
Your legs maybe cramping because of all the sudden weight that you have gained recently. It can also be said that as your baby is growing in size, the nerves and blood vessels that go to your legs may have added pressure put on them.
Varicose veins and maximum blood circulation
Are you sleeping on your left side now? That is the best position for maximum blood circulation. Also, try keeping a soft pillow for better support for your legs.
What you may be facing is called the Pelvic Girdle Pain. This is an umbrella term for all the pain happening in regions near the pelvic area. Your body is working overtime and needs all the rest that it can get. Go easy on your chores and take naps during the day.
Shortness of breathing problem
Do you feel like you are gasping for air every now and then? If yes, here is what you need to know. As your baby is slowly and gradually growing week after week, your uterus is pushing up against your diaphragm. This is turn leaves very little space for your lungs to expand. If you are facing an extremely difficult time even while normally breathing, then it is time to rush to the doctor.
Your Body in Week 33
The D-day seems far!
You are probably wondering how time is moving so slow, right? Each day seems like a long, long day and you may be really looking forward to the day the little one pops out! We know, the next 7 weeks may seem like 7 months for you. But you are almost through…hang in there.
Counting the kicks
You are probably counting upto 10 kicks in couple of hours, but from now on, it may come down as the baby struggles for some space. Remember, it’s getting crowded in there! If you don’t feel anything for a while, take some rest. Have a snack or juice and your baby may suddenly become super active again!
As you find yourself in week 33, you will notice that your footsteps are getting clumsier and you have started walking like a duck. It is only natural as you have put on so much weight, your baby has grown so big and your feet have become larger and swollen, thanks to all the water retention. You could have some fun by recording that new duck waddle of yours! It is going to get difficult lifting your feet up properly now, so do not put too much pressure on them. Avoid climbing too many stairs at one go and always wear comfy flat shoes with good grip.
These two months require you to rest as much as you can. You will also feel like your body is getting warmer with each passing day. This is because your metabolic rate is acting all sorts of crazy. As the last few weeks come into the picture, the pregnancy brain also kicks into full gear. You can blame your crazy hormones for this.