Learn what’s happening in week 33 of pregnancy and find out how your baby is developing.
At 33 weeks, you’re almost halfway through the eighth month of pregnancy. Your baby is the size of a head of lettuce and is going through the final stages of mental and physical development.
Babies born in the 33rd week have over 98% chances of survival without any long-term complications.
At this point in pregnancy, your body is certainly feeling the effects of being pregnant for eight months and you will notice many changes.
What Happens in Your Body in Pregnancy Week 33?
You’re probably experiencing many symptoms of pregnancy including frequent urination, leg cramps, and heartburn. Plus, your growing belly it the size of a basketball, so it’s no wonder you can’t fall asleep.
Insomnia is one of the common symptoms of pregnancy at 33 weeks that strikes about three in four pregnant women.
At this stage, your body needs plenty of rest, so try to relax with a warm bath, read a good book or listen to soothing music before going to sleep.
Also, avoid eating and drinking before bedtime.
During pregnancy, your body produces more blood and your heart has to pump faster which can result in your heart skipping beats. An irregular heartbeat is common during pregnancy and most cases don’t require any medical intervention.
However, some arrhythmias can be harmful to you and your baby, so if your heartbeat is irregular in pregnancy. contact your doctor.
Changes in Your Body at 33 Weeks Pregnant
Your doctor will continue to monitor your weight and if he notices rapid weight gain, he may test your urine to rule out preeclampsia. By the end of this week, you should have packed on between 21 and 35 pounds.
Your baby puts a lot of pressure on the largest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve and this causes back pain (sciatica). Take a warm bath and switch the side you sleep on to alleviate back pain. However, if you’re in severe pain, you should immediately call your doctor.
During the eight-month of your pregnancy, you may notice that your ankles and feet are swelling more than before. This happens because your uterus puts pressure on the veins in your legs.
If you’re experiencing swelling of your feet, prop them up above heart level for 15 minutes, at least, two to three times daily.
Your Baby at 33 Week of Pregnancy
This week your baby is 19 inches long and weighs a bit more than four and a half pounds. Baby’s eyes are closing during sleep and opening while awake, and he/she is able to distinguish between day and night.
Your baby now has got his/her own immune system and antibodies are being passed from you to your baby, as the immune system continues developing. Baby’s bones are continuing to harden and the brain is also continuing to develop.
The fetus has probably moved to the head-down position which prepares him for birth and allows blood to flow to his brain.
Pregnancy Week 33 Tips
This week is the perfect time to ensure that your nursery is stocked and your bag is prepared for a trip to the hospital. It’s always good to have your bag ready for any situation to avoid last-minute stress.
At this stage, you may be dealing with insomnia, uncomfortable aches, and swollen body parts. Drink lots of fluids to manage some common pregnancy symptoms at 33 weeks like constipation and water retention.
Count the kicks regularly to make sure your baby is active.
Doing pelvic floor exercise strengthens your pelvic muscles and helps manage incontinence (leaking urine) after delivery.
Your baby is not considered full term for several more weeks, but early labor is possible so you should know the signs.
Signs of early labor include:
- bloody or brownish vaginal discharge
- contractions at regular intervals
- severe lower back and leg cramping
- your water breaking
Call your doctor if you detect some of the signs of early labor or notice decreased fetal movement.