33 Weeks Pregnant
— Period to experience labor pains!
In the coming weeks, your uterus will grow larger and eventually your abdomen will also stretch to accommodate with the growing uterus.
A woman who holds twins has the uterus size same as a full-term pregnant woman at 40th week. Women carrying twins or triplets are more likely to experience symptoms of labor during this period. 50% of the women bearing twins will deliver the babies too early.
Symptoms experienced by a 33 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 33 weeks pregnant, almost you may feel difficult to make anything ready. Fatigue is one of the most common reasons that is most likely hitting you very much. On average, now you are carrying a weight of a small watermelon inside the belly that really taking its toll upon the energy levels. So, it is very much essential to get enough rest during pregnancy third trimester.
During pregnancy week 33, you may experience Braxton Hicks contractions more frequently. During this period, such kind of pre-labor contractions can confuse you and can cause false terrors that can lead to false visits to your maternity center. During this period, you may feel these contractions as more painful. To confirm whether they are real labor pains or Braxton Hicks contractions, change the position whenever you feel those contractions. If the pains go away when you change the position, then they are false labor contractions. Real labor contractions will go on to plague regardless of what you do. As the time passes, these contractions will become more intense.
Pregnancy edema is also a common symptom that you experience when you are carrying 33 week fetus. Swelling of your feet and ankles is in a manner which you may feel that they will never be back to their normal size. Living in very hot or cold climate can make the swelling even worse. Drinking enough water and elevating your feet whenever you can, help to avoid pregnancy edema.
Frequent urination is also one of the pregnancy symptoms that will bother you until the childbirth. Unfortunately, you cannot do anything to prevent this symptom.
Mood swings are also common during this period and they make you feel emotionally unstable. Try to find ways that give you pleasure and inform your partner how you feel. You also make a community online and share your emotions and feelings. This is a good idea to keep yourself busy and away from thinking such discomforts.
Physical changes that occur in a 33 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 33 weeks pregnant, your belly is so big and you may feel waddling as part of your daily life. If you love to paint your toe nails, now it is almost an impossible task. Probably, you are increasingly feeling uncomfortable and even it is very difficult to find a comfortable to position to sit. Sleeping is anyways a big trouble for you.
Even though you feel so uncomfortable, just remember that you will be holding a little one in your arms within few weeks. Make sure to spend some quality time to communicate with your baby. Rub the belly while talking with your little one and enjoy your little ones kicks.
This week, you may notice yourself having some urinary leakage also called as incontinence. This is most common in women during their second and subsequent pregnancies. Whenever you sneeze, laugh, cough or lift any heavy object, you may notice leaking of a small amount of urine from your bladder. Most women experience this, particularly at the end of pregnancy. Practicing pelvic floor exercises will help to strengthen the muscles that support your bladder.
Fetal changes that occur in a 33 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 33 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of 17 inches long and weighs up to 4.4 pounds.
During those upcoming weeks, your baby gains more than half of his/her birth weight. Few babies have their heads full of hair by this week, while others will have only a little bit of fuzz.
This week, there will be more maturity in your baby’s lungs and they start the production of surfactant that helps the baby’s airways to remain open and not collapse. Even you may have threatened premature labor; the care provider will give a cortisone injection that can help the baby’s lungs to mature.
The growth of baby’s brain continues to increase and is also increasing in its size. Also, brain parts start their functioning, such as auditory cortex (hearing sense), visual cortex (visual sense) and Broca’s area (speech and language processing).
Wrinkled skin is almost gone by this week. The increased fat storage under the skin will make the baby’s skin look smoother. For the rest of the weeks, the baby concentrates more on gaining its weight.
Finger nails are almost well developed and they reach the tip of the baby’s finger. But, there is no danger of the baby accidentally scratching the skin because the nails are softer due to the continuous immersion in the amniotic fluid.
Hardening of the baby’s bones will also continue this week; however the bones in the skull will continue to be softer. Bones in the baby’s skull need to move easily and also overlap in order to fit the baby’s head appropriately in the birth canal.
What care should be taken by a 33 weeks pregnant woman?
Are you planning to take childbirth classes? If so, they may be starting now. Birthing programs teach you more about breathing methods to make yourself ready for the upcoming labor, and about the birth process itself. You may also want to consider into classes on breastfeeding and baby massage.
Consume a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA). DHA is very much essential for brain and vision development. Not only DHA helps with your little one, but also it greatly helps the mother by preventing preterm labor and postpartum depression.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 34…