This is the stage where you may be forgetting things but don’t worry, this is completely normal and very natural. Your baby will be developing continually and its bones are at the hardening stage ready for when it is born. By the time you reach the 33 weeks stage, your baby will be roughly the size of a standard lunch box which equates to approximately 17.2 inches in length and 4.2 pounds in weight.
33 Week Baby
- Bones: This is the time when your baby is strengthening their bones. They are getting continually harder throughout their body, although their skull will be the exception so that it is easier for your baby to pass down the birth canal. It is important that you know that babies have softer areas of the skull known as fontanelles as these will need to be protected more when they are born until they are fully hardened. This process takes a couple of years which is why a baby’s head has to be supported and protected through the early stages of life.
- Fat: The percentage of fat that your baby has gained will continue to increase and will be also starting to accumulate on areas such as their arms and legs now too. Not only does this make them look super cute when they are born but it also helps them to maintain well-regulated body temperature.
- Fuzz: Whilst developing in your womb, your baby will already have developed a soft layer of hair across its body known as lanugo which will start to fall off by the 33-week stage. It is common that there will still be some of this fuzzy short hair left when your baby is born but it will not remain. Common areas for it to be seen at birth on the back and shoulders.
- Immunity: The antibodies from your body are being passed on to your baby as it grows within you. This is important so that it can be protected from germs when it is born and comes in to contact with all sorts when the time comes. You can boost your immune system and your baby’s at the same time by eating well and exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy.
What Will You Feel Like at 33 Weeks?
- Hot: As your baby is giving off heat from within your womb, it is common for women in their third trimester to feel much hotter than normal. The skin temperature is raised due to their baby.
- Discharge: As your oestrogen level increases during your pregnancy, there is likely to be some vaginal discharge. Although this may be a little unsightly, this white, creamy substance is completely normal and is absolutely nothing to worry about. But if there is any blood or a large mucus plug, you may be being warned by your body that labour is on the way. If you experience any clear, thin liquid which may appear in either a trickle or gushing, it is advised that you make immediate contact with your medical professional as this is likely to be amniotic fluid that is leaking.
- Braxton Hicks: You are probably aware of these as they are one of the most talked-about things during pregnancy and they are your body’s way of practising its ability to create contractions for when the times comes for real labour to start. To prevent them from getting too uncomfortable or from start premature labour, make sure that keep yourself as hydrated as possible.
- Carpal Tunnel: Carpal tunnel is where nerve pain is caused in the hand and/or fingers. It causes a tingling or numb feeling to occur. As pregnant women retain fluid, this extra fluid means that more pressure is put on to many areas of your body including your wrists and this can cause Carpal tunnel. If you are someone who uses their hands frequently throughout the day, then you are more likely to get carpal tunnel during your pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. You can help reduce the symptoms, swelling and pain of this by wearing a splint or brace, but make sure you talk to your doctor about this if it is bothering or worrying you. The pregnancy-related Carpal tunnel is unlikely to last once you have given birth so rest assured that it is just a temporary thing.
- Forgetful: There is definitely such thing as having “baby brain” and the further you get into your pregnancy the more you will experience this. Interestingly, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that “baby brain” exists, but it is noted by the majority of pregnant women that they feel as if they are losing their mind. But when you are stressed, highly hormonal, lacking in sleep, uncomfortable and potentially in pain, is there any wonder really? Don’t be too hard on yourself during pregnancy – your body is going through a lot to perform the miracle of growing a baby. Try using lists to ensure that you don’t forget things that are really important to you during this time.
33 Week Mum Tum
You will continue to gain around one pound per week until the end of your pregnancy. If this is the average weight gain for you, then you will have already gained between 22 and 28 pounds by the time you get to 33 weeks. You will probably be feeling heavy, slower and tired. Have you started to waddle yet?
Despite the fact that your baby is continuing to grow, the amniotic fluid levels have reached an equilibrium now so the weight you are gaining as of this period of your pregnancy is baby weight and not amniotic fluid weight. As there is less padding, you will feel much more of the baby movements and it’s good to pay close attention to these. If you notice any significant changes in movement or if you notice that there is no movement at all, then you should contact your medical professional as soon as possible.
Sex at 33 Weeks
There is no right or wrong answer as to whether you should feel like you want to have sex during the third trimester of your pregnancy. Some women do not want sex at all though others have a surging libido. However you are feeling, it is all thanks to the hormone levels in your body and the fact that you have got an increased blood flow in your vagina.
Generally, it is absolutely fine to continue having sex but you need to ask your doctor as every pregnant woman is different. The difficulty is the position you can get in to in order to have sex, but this just means you have to be a little more creative and who knows, you might even just find your new favourite position!
It is worth noting that orgasms can causes contractions, so if you keep feeling your stomach tighten after you have had sex then you may have started Braxton Hicks. You can calm this situation down by resting after sex, having a nap or warm bath. If you do feel like you are having proper contractions or any other symptoms of labour are occurring then it is advised that you contact your doctor. These can include if you have a fever, bleeding, heavy spotting, headaches or changes in your vision.
It is rare that contractions occur after sex will induce you into early labour, but be wary and perhaps consider toning down your sexy time if you are known for being a bit wild!
There is every chance that you have already been for a tour of the hospital you plan to deliver your baby in, but you might like to find out a little more about what it might be like on the specific day or time you may give birth. Talking to your doctor and asking as many questions as possible is a great way to calm yourself, stop any anxiety and to gain as much understanding as possible about the process of labour in your chosen hospital. There are some general points that happen in every vaginal delivery though, such as:
- Check-in: Be sure to make it known that you have arrived at your hospital of choice. There is usually a front desk for you to do this at and there is commonly a pre-registration process which is recommended so that you do not have to spend time doing paperwork when you are in labour and in pain.
- Triage: Once you have made it known that you have arrived at the hospital, you will be heading to triage. This is where the medical professionals can keep a close eye on you and your baby, as well as monitor your contraction and the dilation of your cervix. It will be at this stage that it is determined whether you are admitted or not. If you are less than three centimetres dilated then you will be sent home.
- Make yourself comfortable: Once admitted, there is no set amount of time that you will be in the hospital for. So make yourself as at home and as comfortable as possible. You will be in or on the bed for the majority of your time here if you are choosing to get an epidural as your pain method. But if you are going for a natural delivery, then you can keep walking around the room, bathing or bouncing on a yoga ball to help move your labour along. Unless you are going to have a caesarean, this is the room where you will meet your baby for the very first time.
- Once you have given birth, you will be moved into a recovery room where you will spend the next day or two so that you and your new arrival can be monitored. You will start to bond with your baby outside of your body, learn how to breastfeed if you are wanting to feed your baby that way, and will be able to get assistance and knowledge of how to care for your baby. Ask anything you want to know and get the help you need whilst you can.
- Heading home is super exciting! Be sure that baby is fastened into its car seat safely and securely for the journey home. Enjoy this moment – your life is changing!