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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 33

 
 
How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 4.23 pounds (1.918kg) and measuring 17.20 inches (43.7cm). 
 
 
How big are you?
Your uterus now sits about 5.11 inches (13cm) above your bellybutton and about 12.99 inches (33cm) above your pubic symphysis. Your total weight gain by now should be about 21.82-27.77 pounds (9.9-12.6 kg).
 
Depending on how big your baby is, you may be feeling uncomfortable in different ways. If your baby is sitting quite high up, then there is a good chance that you would have already been kicked under your ribs. This can be extremely painful!
 
It is also not uncommon for babies to be low and lying in your pelvis by this stage. This can sometimes lead to sciatic nerve pain, which it when your baby is causing pressure to be place on the sciatic nerve. This may leave you feeling pins and needles in your lower back, legs and feet. 
 
 
How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby may begin to practice sucking this week by sucking on his/her fingers.
  • Your baby will continue to deposit fat under the skin this week as he/she will continue to gain weight.
  • As a result of the fat deposits, your baby's skin will be changing color from red to pink.
 
In these last few weeks before delivery, the billions of developed neurons in your baby's brain are helping him or her to learn about the in-utero environment - your baby can listen, feel, and even see somewhat. Your baby’s eyes can detect light and the pupils can constrict and dilate in response to light.
 
Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time and even experiences the rapid eye movement (REM) stage, the sleep stage during which our most vivid dreams occur!
 
Your baby's lungs are almost completely matured. Fat will continue to be deposited on your baby's body for protection and warmth. Babies gain a good deal of their weight in the final few weeks before birth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Your nutrition
Continue to eat the correct foods in order to ensure that your weight gain is good and that you are getting the correct amount of nutritional value.
 
You may find that you will begin to experience heartburn more often as your stomach doesn't have as much space as your baby is getting bigger. Eating smaller meals more often may help ease heartburn. For more ways read our article on reducing heart burn during pregnancy.
 
Ensure that you wash all fruits and vegetable prior to preparing. This will help reduce the amount of pesticides and food preservatives you will be taking in, as these chemicals will be harmful to your baby.
 
 
Your body
With labor and delivery only 2 months away, you may be considering how you'll cope with pain during childbirth. Among the things you'll want to learn about are the most commonly used techniques for pain relief. These include breathing techniques such as those taught in Lamaze classes, pain-relief medications given through injection, and epidurals, where doctors can give an anesthetic by means of a soft, thin catheter that's placed in your lower back.
 
Whatever your ultimate choice, the more you know, the better informed your decision can be. Although you don't have to make a decision yet, talk to your health care provider now about your choices.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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