By 33 weeks of pregnancy, we can tell you to take a deep breath and relax! You’re probably excited to meet your tiny baby finally! Your little one is preparing his or herself for the big day.
What to expect at 33 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?
As your baby grows bigger day after day, your body will keep on adjusting up until the delivery day. Here are the common symptoms of the 33rd week of pregnancy:
Shortness of Breath
By now, you may be used to not being able to take a full breath, especially at nights.
By the 33rd week of pregnancy, your metabolic rate will be very high therefore you’ll feel overheated.
At this stage of your third trimester, insomnia strikes hard! This symptom is very normal due to all of the changes happening in your life and all the physical changes inside your body.
Strong Fetal Movement
During the 33rd week of pregnancy, you’ll notice fetal movement twice a day. Check the clock and start counting every move or kick.
Swollen Ankles and Feet
At 33 weeks pregnant, you may notice that your ankles and feet are swelling more than before. That’s because your expanding uterus puts tons of pressure on veins on your feet and ankles.
As your baby keeps growing, he or she puts extra pressure on your sciatic nerve so may try taking warm baths and switch your sleeping positions.
Pregnancy hormones can make your nails grow faster than usual but you’ll notice they are easily broken. Consider biotin, bananas, nuts, whole grains, and avocados in your diet.
Ugly and painful, I know! But don’t worry varicose veins aren’t harmful!
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are your body’s way to prepare for the labor day; you’ll notice that your uterus become tighter.
How big is your baby at 33 weeks pregnant?
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby will be as big as a head of celery; weighing around 4.2 pounds and measuring around 17.2 inches long.
What’s happening with your baby? (Baby’s Development)
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby has reached a critical milestone; antibodies are being transferred from you to your little one. Amazingly, your baby is developing his or her own immune system which will be ready once you give birth.
33 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
During the 33rd week of pregnancy, you’ll notice that your baby’s eyes are open while awake. Your baby is learning to arrange between breathing and sucking their tiny thumb.
When to call the doctor?
Call your doctor if you detect any signs of the following symptoms:
- Decreased fetal movement
- Shortness of breath for a longer time than usual
- Vaginal bleeding
- Blurred Vision
The Checklist of the 33rd week of pregnancy:
- Is your hospital bag packed?
- Prepare for postpartum care
- Keep on your healthy diet
- Attend some yoga classes
- Install baby car seat