Are you excited that your pregnancy is in its final stretch? Are you ready to meet your baby? Of course, you are! It is only a few weeks, approximately seven weeks before you can hold your bundle of joy in your arms. Note that these could be fewer because babies born from the 37th week are still considered full-term. Having said that, this is the perfect time to confirm your hospital bag has all the necessary items and your car ready to you rush to the hospital as and when labor commences.
Your Baby at 33 Weeks Pregnant
At 32 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a pineapple and almost ready for delivery! He is still gaining weight and has attained about 4.2 pounds. His height has also increased and reached 17.1 inches. He will probably not grow much longer until the due date.
Around this week, your baby is putting up more white fat under the skin and is looking less wrinkled compared to a few months ago. The white fat is also giving him a less reddish complexion. The right skin complexion will develop months after delivery.
Though your baby’s brain is well developed, the skull is still pliable. Different plates that form the skull remain flexible to make it easy for the baby to pass through the birth canal. The plates of the skull will slide over each other during delivery and will take about 18 months after delivery to close.
If you are pregnant with a boy, his testicles are on their descent in the 33rd week of your pregnancy. In most of the instances, one of the testicles will not have descended fully by delivery. It will take about six months for both testicles to have descended fully.
Come on, your baby is so thirsty! At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby is very active taking more amniotic fluid. This is very important as he prepares for breastfeeding after delivery.
Your Body at 33 Weeks Pregnant
At this point, you are likely to find sleeping very difficult. Because of your growing belly, it is almost impossible to catch a good night sleep. To make it easy to sleep, you should consider sleeping on your side with the help of a pillow to support the belly. Also, do not just wait for the night to sleep; take every opportunity to relax and nap.
Back pain around this time might be bogging you down so much. The pain is caused by pressure from the increasing body weight and hormone relaxin that causes loosening of body ligaments. You can ease the back pain by supporting the back with your hand when standing up. Here are other tips that you can use to reduce back pain:
- Avoid doing heavy-duty tasks.
- Do mild but regular exercises.
- Go for low heel shoes as opposed to high heels.
- Use an upright posture (as if you are resting on a firm wall) when standing or walking.
- If the back pain becomes too much, seek assistance from your doctor.
33 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
You know what? At 33 weeks pregnant, you are into the eighth month of pregnancy. Only one month to go! Excited? You should be!
33 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
If you were to have an ultrasound scan at 33 weeks pregnant, it would reveal your baby keeping his eyes open when awake. He can also respond to different light conditions outside the womb. Go ahead and shine a spotlight and he will respond with different actions such as moving his hands and gestures such as smiling.
If you are pregnant with twins, your doctor is likely to recommend an ultrasound as part of the biophysical profile. This is an assessment done to evaluate your baby or babies’ breathing, movement, muscle tone, and quantity of amniotic fluid. This test is also done if your pregnancy goes past the due date.
33 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Around this time, your body is like a racing vehicle! The metabolism is working so hard resulting in overheating. The metabolic rate could go a notch higher in the coming weeks as your due date draws nearer. To cool the body, make sure to take ample water and relax most of the time.
Are you becoming more forgetful and feeling clumsy? It is a common symptom around this time. The problem is mainly caused by anxiety of expecting your baby in less than two months.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
These are contractions used by your body to prepare for labor. If you had not started experiencing them in the last few weeks, they are likely to commence this week. Simply relax or change your sleeping position when they start for faster relieve.
Round ligament pains
Is your belly aching when you wake up or change sleeping positions? This condition is referred to as round ligament pain. You should expect it to persist until your due date. To reduce the pain, you should do regular exercises, use a supporting pillow when sleeping, and try to support your belly when changing positions.
Things to Do at 33 Weeks Pregnant
Register at the hospital where you will give birth
By now, you must have identified the health facility where you will give birth. However, have you registered? If not, you should do so without delay. Registration is very important because it allows you to pre-visit and check the facility of delivery. More importantly, you can complete the bulk of the paperwork so that you will not have much to do at the height of your labor.
Most medical facilities recommend early registration because it allows them to reach out to your insurance provider and ensure everything is in order. What a great way to have the assurance that everything, from finances to medical experts’ preparedness, is set to give you the best?
Get the Hospital Bag Ready
Have you put together your hospital bag? If not, you need to get it ready right away as you prepare for delivery. What exactly should be in the hospital bag? Here are some of the items that you MUST include in the bag:
- Hospital paperwork, your insurance card, and ID. Note that most hospitals need your insurance documents upfront.
- A birth plan. If you have prepared a birth plan, do not forget it. It is also advisable to discuss it upfront with your doctor.
- Massage oil or body lotion.
- Water spray and sponge.
- Comfy pillows.
- Relaxing entertainment like a book, tablet or movies.
- Heavy-duty maternity pads.
- Phone and charger.
- Snacks and drinks.
- Socks and booties.
- Super-soft blanket.
- A pack of diapers.
- Going home clothes.
Have your Car Fitted with the Right Baby Seat
Do you use a car to get around? If the answer is ‘yes’, you need to have the right car seat fitted in it to safely carry your baby. There are standards for this! It has to be rear-facing and properly installed in the rear seat. One institution that can come in handy to provide you with helpful advice on baby seats is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Go ahead and check their website or visit their office for help.
33 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Identify and book a breastfeeding class.
- Enquire about room sharing with your baby. It is recommended for strengthening the bond between you and the baby.
- As the baby’s bones, ligaments, and muscles strengthen, you need more calcium. Therefore, take more foods with calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins. These include yogurt, oranges, apples, grapefruits, and calcium-enriched cheese.
- Talk to your baby more often. If possible, get your significant other to also talk to the baby.
- Do regular Kegel exercises for easier control of your pelvic floor muscles.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 33 Weeks Pregnant
- If I get into labor who should I call? What if it is at night?
- What complications can result in the need for a C-section? Am I at risk of developing these complications?
At 33 weeks pregnant, the time for delivery that you have been waiting for is now only a few weeks away. Your baby is also using every opportunity to practice skills such as suckling, listening, feeling, grabbing, and breathing that will be needed after delivery. Therefore, be fully prepared to reach out to your doctor, get emergency help, and head to the hospital as soon as possible when the need arises.