What to Expect when You’re 33 Weeks Pregnant
Seven weeks to go and the waiting game is on! These next few weeks may start to drag – it seems like years since that exciting first pregnancy sign but you’ve still got a long wait till you deliver. Remember to relax and enjoy being pregnant!
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs up to four and a half pounds and is around sixteen inches long. He or she is busy developing the immune system with antibodies passed from your system to theirs – this will help protect your baby from germs and allergens after they’re born.
Symptoms and What to Expect
Increasing insomnia is a common sign of pregnancy around week 33, and it is often accompanied by “restless leg syndrome”. You’re lying in bed, you’re bone tired, but your legs think they’re running a marathon! Make sure you stay as active as possible during the day. You could also try some relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, drinking chamomile tea and tucking lavender under your pillow.
Other symptoms of being pregnant at this stage include edema (swollen feet, ankles, and hands), varicose veins, forgetfulness, a weakened bladder, and braxton hicks contractions.
Another common sign of pregnancy in the final weeks is clumsiness! Your center of gravity has moved (due to that big lump on the front!) and that can mean your spacial awareness gets out of whack. Take things slowly, get hubby to take over the dishes and stay away from grandma’s precious china!
To Do List
Even when you’re pregnant, babies already have strongly developed senses, can recognize your voice and will respond to all sorts of stimuli from inside the womb (he or she may even kick along to a favorite song!). So spend lots of time touching, talking and singing to your baby!
When she’s pregnant a woman can often get a little down in the dumps. Remember to take time for the things you love and be kind to yourself.
Believe it or not, pregnancy can also be a really isolating time for the man in the relationship. He’s probably studied up on all the info about pregnancy that he can and is doing his best to support you but there’s only so much he can do.
Pregnancy, labor, and childbirth are very much centered around the woman. Make sure that you include him in the process as much as possible. Getting him to read to the baby bump can be a really nice way to do this.
Useful Links and Articles on Pregnancy
At this stage of pregnancy, that basketball on your front is probably making things more than a little uncomfortable for you. Luckily, there are a few clever manufacturers out there who specialize in making products to make things more comfortable for pregnant women. We take a look at belly bands, maternity support belts, compression socks and pregnancy seatbelt adjusters.
If you’re a good Girl Scout, it’s time to think about “Being Prepared” and we’ve prepared a great little checklist of things you’ll need in your hospital bag to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Even if you’re planning to deliver at home, you should have a bag packed just in case.
All of the pregnant signs and symptoms you’re dealing with may make the thought of exercising seem like some kind of cruel and unusual torture. But, keeping active will actually help to alleviate many of the symptoms. We give some practical suggestions on getting more exercise in the 28th to the 40th week of pregnancy.