33 Weeks Pregnant


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At 33 weeks pregnant, the baby is entering her final stages of growth and development within the womb. The average baby now weighs about four pounds although obviously, some will weigh more and some less. It has already reached the maximum length of about seventeen inches.


Mommy Matters

Your heart works extra hard now as you approach the home stretch—your heart rate increases by 10 to 15 beats a minute and the heart works up to 50 percent harder.

As the baby grows larger, many things will be changing inside and outside your body! By the 33rd week of pregnancy, you will probably find that you have a more distinct waddle now and it will be even more difficult to sit and find a comfortable position to sleep in. At 33 weeks pregnant, you will probably even find yourself bumping into things!

At 33 weeks pregnant, there are chances that you encounter some numbness and aching in your wrist, hands and fingers. Well, like other similar tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which ultimately increases the pressure in the ‘carpal tunnel’. The ‘carpel tunnel’ is a bony canal which is present in your wrist. The nerves there get pinched and this creates the numb feeling or sometimes even aching or pain. You can try wearing a wrist splint and also propping your arm up on the pillow when you go to sleep. If your job entails typing or anything similar that requires hand movements then it is good to stretch your hands and fingers frequently.

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Your baby’s sucking reflex is strong enough now that if born this early, she should be able to feed independently. Her fingernails are reaching the tips of her nail beds, and may need a trim at birth.

By now the baby will be losing all her wrinkles and the skin will be smoothing out. At 33 weeks pregnant, her bones will be getting harder but the bones of the skull won’t yet be joined together. This allows them to move slightly so that the head can slip through more easily during the birth.

There is a tremendous amount of pressure on the baby’s head during birth and you may even notice that her head is slightly conical when it appears. The skull bones don’t actually fully fuse together until young adulthood. This allows for the growth of the brain during childhood.

Baby Weight and Size

At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 17-6/8 (45 cm) inches long from crown to heel! Her weight is now around 4 lb 11/2 oz (2.1 kg), just about the size of a honeydew.


33 Weeks Pregnant Infographic

33 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

Sex is, of course, down to you and your partner but many women feel particularly ‘horny’ during this stage of the pregnancy and many partners find their pregnant woman extremely attractive. Normally, sex, even in the 33rd week of pregnancy and right up until labor starts, is fine.

At 33 weeks pregnant, you may be suffering from some water retention and your notice feet, hands, face, and ankles may be a bit swollen, a condition known as oedema. It will probably be worse if the weather is warm and also gets worse in the evenings. It may seem strange but it helps to drink more water to relieve this! If, however, the swelling is really bad, then consult your doctor.

You may be suffering from round ligament pain or growing pains. Gentle exercise can help with this as can finding a comfortable resting position if, however, it is occurring often or you have a fever or bleeding, consult your doctor.

Tips and To Do’s

Visiting your doctor

Again, you can never do too many checks to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the birth and afterwards. Shopping will just be an extra chore after the baby is born so stock up now on the everyday things that you will need, not just for the baby but for yourselves. It’s even a good idea to freeze some meals so that you don’t need to think about cooking, at least for a few days after baby arrives!

Essential things to check before time to avoid botheration

  • Check that you and your partner have got all the important phone numbers that you will need. These include the midwife, your doctor, and the hospital. Make sure that you have made any childcare arrangements if necessary, for when you go into labor….and don’t forget about the care of your pets if you have any!
  • If you are having a home birth, make sure that everything is in place for this especially if you are using a birthing pool.
  • Try not to worry about money. Just make a budget that fits your means and try and stick with it. You may be entitled to extra benefits and it is worth looking into this.
  • If you are planning on breastfeeding, make sure that you know what this entails and maybe go to some classes if you haven’t done so already.
  • It is best for mother and baby’s bonding process if they are together 24/7 after the birth so check on the hospital’s policy on this.

At 33 weeks pregnant, you should be checking for fetal movement and you will probably know by now the baby’s resting and energetic moments but still keep checking! Ten movements an hour is about normal.

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