In case it is your first pregnancy experience then you should be little cautious from the stage of 33rd week of pregnancy. You are well into the third trimester and can have new symptoms. Some of you would have sudden contractions resembling labor pain. You can always discuss with your doctor about how to identify true labor pain. Keep a kit always ready in your bedroom so that you can carry it whenever you have to rush to the hospital. Your doctor would insist on seeing you regularly after this week and this becomes compulsory if your pregnancy has any complications.
33 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
You are on the final stage of pregnancy struggling with a big belly. The size of the belly varies from one woman to another. Your weight continues to increase week by week and most of them will have an increase of 25-28 pounds by now. Your healthcare provider will have a complete chart of weight gain and will let you know about the current position. Half of your weight gain is because of your baby’s weight and placenta.
You will have symptoms of fatigue, leg pain, abdominal cramps, and many contractions in a day with repeated intervals. But make sure that you are not getting increased pain during false labor. It becomes difficult for you to stand and walk and even to sleep properly at this stage.
Insomnia or sleeping sickness is the worst problem experienced by many pregnant women at this stage. You become restless and impatient day by day waiting for delivering the baby. Don’t worry if you have less movement from your baby from this week since the baby may not have enough space for making kicks as before. In case you got 10-12 kicks per hour earlier, now it has drastically reduced to 10 kicks for 2-3 hours.
You can get back pain and leg cramps at this stage and taking oatmeal bath can help in alleviating the symptoms. Get involved in some easy work and listen lots of music to keep you calm and relaxed. Continue to eat and drink and try to get some sleep whenever you can. If possible continue doing exercises till delivery.
33 Weeks Pregnant Development of the baby
The weight of the baby will be from 4-5 pounds now and he would measure anywhere from 15-18 inches. Most of the skeleton of your baby begins to harden now except his skull bone. It is the skull bone region that has to travel through the birth canal when the baby pushes himself out. Hence the skull bone remains less hard and is still flexible to facilitate easy process during delivery. There will be more fatty deposits beneath his skin that contributes for more weight of the baby. As experts believe, the sutures that runs on the skull of the baby still remains open (not fully closed) for this reason.
Now the baby should be lying there in breech position keeping his head down. Most of the babies will be ready for pushing out as soon as the time comes. But you need not worry if the baby’s head is in normal position since there is plenty of time left for turning his head.
You can continue doing certain exercises and yoga postures so that your baby can easily twist his position facing head down. His breathing patterns are now almost normal through the lungs and the baby prepares himself for breathing on his own in the outside world.
At this stage the baby will be sleeping for more hours doing little exercises and kicks. If at all he kicks you, you can feel the kicks are now turning sharp and intense unlike before. You can feel more pain in the belly region as the baby continue to kick you since the baby has attained full growth now occupying the entire womb. He cannot move around like before and this would certainly restrict his movements.
33 Weeks Pregnant Tips
In this week and the subsequent weeks do not relax on your back. This position will not facilitate enough blood flow to the uterus and hence you can try to sleep sideways. Some women may feel dizzy and lightheaded if they sleep on back position. Growing uterus may not allow the required blood flow to the heart muscles making you feel dizzy.
There is reduction of blood pressure for many women due to the above reason but it is normal at this stage. The inferior vena cava of the heart may not get enough blood supply and hence it will return less volumes of blood to your brain and other vital organs. It is good to keep some pillows between your knees when you are resting.
Though it is difficult for you, you should keep on eat and drink as before to maintain the weight of your baby. Try to do little exercises and yoga daily since doing this each day will help you during childbirth.
Some women may feel tingling or numbness in their hands and legs at this stage. This can be due to reduced blood flow and loss of mobility as before. You can talk to your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms of concern.