33 Weeks Pregnant


Discomfort is the major symptom in 33 weeks pregnancy. Navigating your way around will become more challenging at this stage. You may also find it harder to be comfortable when sitting or sleeping. Generally you do not have to be afraid of having sex at this stage. Intercourse during pregnancy is usually fine right up to when the water breaks. Exceptions are if the placenta is low lying, if there has been a threatened preterm labour or you have a history of preterm labour.

Here’s what you’re probably feeling this week.

  1. Overheating You’re one hot mama-to-be because your metabolic rate is through the roof.
  2. Headaches Hormone fluctuations at 33 weeks can cause headaches. So can stress or dehydration, so try to take it easy and drink plenty of water. A few extra trips to the ladies’ room is worth the sacrifice.
  3. Shortness of breath By now, you may be used to not being able to fully catch your breath (especially if you’re 33 weeks pregnant with twins). Imagine what a relief it will be when baby “drops” and frees up some space around your lungs. For different moms-to-be, this happens at different times, but chances are, it could be very soon.
  4. Forgetfulness and clumsiness This is the unproven phenomenon also known as “baby brain.” Your flightiness may be less due to your physiological changes and more due to the stress and anxiety of expecting a baby in less than two months.

By 33 weeks pregnant, you may have gained around 22 to 28 pounds total (32 to 42 pounds if you are 33 weeks pregnant with twins). For some moms-to-be, having some extra curves makes them feel sexy. Know that as long as your doctor has said sex is okay during your pregnancy, you can continue to enjoy it right up until delivery day.

Development of Baby

At 33 weeks pregnant, baby is as big as a head of celery. He or she weighs about 4.2 pounds (1.9 kilograms) and measures about 17.2 inches (44 cm) … and may grow up to a full inch this week. Weight gain is higher as your baby’s skeleton continues to harden.

Inside your womb baby is keeping his or her eyes open while awake. Baby is also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing, an important skill for life on the outside.  And baby is going through (more) major brain development.

Your baby is preparing for the intensity of birth: the bones in the skull aren’t fused together, allowing for a little ‘give’ when passing through the birth canal. These bones only fuse together in infancy.

Fluid retention may increase pressure in the carpal tunnel of your wrists, so achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists and hands could occur.

Advice

Pinched nerves may cause pain too, so be sure to stretch your hands and take breaks if you have a job that requires repetitive hand movements. A splint could also help to alleviate discomfort. Propping up your arm with a pillow when you sleep should also helps ease pain.

A 33 weeks pregnant ultrasound might be done as part of a biophysical profile (BPP). This test is done in the third trimester for high-risk patients (so if you are 33 weeks pregnant with twins, you might be getting these every so often) and after 40 weeks for women who go past their due dates. The ultrasound will gauge your 33-week fetus’ movement, breathing, muscle tone, and amount of amniotic fluid. The other part of the BPP, the non-stress test, will measure how baby’s heart rate changes when he or she moves or you have contractions.

If you feel your belly tightening occasionally, you’re probably having Braxton Hicks contractions. Here’s how you know- Braxton Hicks aren’t painful and often happen after sex or exercise.

They are different from regular contractions because they stop when you switch positions. Real contractions keep going- there’d be at least five in an hou- —and mean actual labor. And it’s early still, so at this point having real contractions would be considered preterm labor.

Certain complications and conditions make you more likely to go into labor early, such as having excess amniotic fluid, being dehydrated, or being 33 weeks pregnant with twins.

At 33 weeks pregnant, cramping like you’d have with a period could be a sign of preterm labor. So can vaginal bleeding, unusual discharge, or leaking. At 33 weeks pregnant, pressure in your pelvis could be a sign too. Be on the lookout for these symptoms. If anything worries you, empty your bladder, lie on your left side, drink water, and call your OB immediately.

Next Week – Week 34

Third  Trimester (Week 28 – Week 42)