Your Baby is the Size of a Ukelele
Head to Toe
Highlights of the Week
- Your baby is growing rapidly, about the size of a Rubik’s Cube, with developing facial features and distinct fingers and toes.
- You’ve entered the second trimester, often referred to as the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy, known for reduced morning sickness and increased energy.
- While you can’t feel them yet, your baby is moving and practicing reflexes in the womb.
- If you choose, this may be the time for a gender reveal ultrasound to find out the sex of your baby.
- You might start noticing changes in your body shape, prompting you to consider maternity clothing for comfort and style.
- Some women experience improvements in their skin, with a pregnancy “glow” and reduced acne.
- Many women feel a boost in mood and energy as morning sickness subsides.
- Begin bonding with your baby through talking, reading, or playing music to your belly.
- Baby is about 17.5 inches in length and weighs around 4.75 pounds.
- Baby’s lungs are almost fully developed, and they are practicing breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid.
- Baby is now in a head-down position, ready for birth.
- It is important to schedule your next prenatal appointment.
- Attend childbirth classes.
- Pack your hospital bag.
- Consider your birthing options.
- Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider.
- Do kick counts.
- Think about grandparent names.
- Childproof the nursery.
Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 33
As your baby continues to grow and put pressure on your organs, you may experience some discomfort and new symptoms at 33 weeks pregnant. These can include:
Braxton Hicks contractions:
As you near the end of your pregnancy, you may start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. These are practice contractions that can feel like your uterus is tightening and then releasing. They are usually painless and irregular.
Shortness of breath:
As your uterus expands, it can put pressure on your diaphragm, making it harder for you to breathe. You may also experience shortness of breath due to the increased blood flow to your body during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the muscle at the bottom of the esophagus to relax, allowing stomach acid to flow back up into the esophagus, which can cause heartburn.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can slow down the movement of food through your intestines, which can lead to constipation. Eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water can help alleviate this symptom.
Aches and pains in your pelvis or back:
As your baby grows and your body changes, you may experience aches and pains in your pelvis or lower back. This is caused by the pressure of the baby on your pelvic bones and the ligaments that support them.
As you near the end of your pregnancy, your body is working hard to prepare for delivery, and you may feel more tired than usual.
Swelling in your feet, ankles, and hands:
As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice that your feet, ankles, and hands are swelling. This is caused by the increased blood flow to your body during pregnancy.
As your pregnancy progresses, it can be harder to get comfortable and find a position to sleep in. You may also be dealing with other pregnancy-related symptoms, such as heartburn and frequent urination, which can make it difficult to sleep.
During pregnancy, the fluid retention and weight gain can cause pressure on the nerves in the wrist, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome, which can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the hands and wrist.
As your pregnancy progresses, your body produces more blood and fluids, which can cause your labia to swell. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
As your baby grows and your uterus expands, it can press on your bladder, making you feel like you need to urinate more often.
During pregnancy, the hormonal changes can affect your memory, concentration and cognitive function, making you feel like you’re in a bit of a fog. This is called “pregnancy brain” and it is normal.
33 Week Pregnancy Checklist
At 33 weeks pregnant, it’s important to keep on top of your prenatal care and prepare for your baby’s arrival. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Schedule your next prenatal appointment:
At 33 weeks pregnant, it’s important to schedule your next prenatal appointment with your healthcare provider. During this appointment, your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure, measure your belly, and listen to your baby’s heartbeat. They will also answer any questions you have and discuss any concerns you may have.
Attend childbirth classes:
This is a good time to attend childbirth classes to learn about the different stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as pain management options. Childbirth classes can also provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns with a professional.
Pack your hospital bag:
As your due date approaches, it’s a good idea to start packing your hospital bag. This should include items such as comfortable clothes, toiletries, and any items you want for the baby, such as clothes and a blanket.
Consider your birthing options:
It’s important to think about your birthing options at 33 weeks pregnant. This includes discussing with your healthcare provider about your preferences for pain management, whether you want to have an epidural, or if you prefer a natural birth.
Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider:
It’s important to discuss any concerns you may have with your healthcare provider at this stage. This can include any questions about your pregnancy, your baby’s development, or any concerns about your health.
Do kick counts:
At this stage, it’s a good idea to start monitoring your baby’s movements by doing kick counts. This means counting the number of times your baby moves or kicks within a set period of time. This can help to ensure that your baby is healthy and growing well.
Think about grandparent names:
As your due date approaches, you may want to start thinking about what you want to call your baby’s grandparents. This is a good time to discuss this with your partner and family members.
Childproof the nursery:
At 33 weeks pregnant, it’s a good idea to start childproofing the nursery. This includes making sure that there are no sharp corners or edges, and that any electrical outlets are covered. You should also make sure that all the furniture is secure and that any loose items are removed.
Your 33 Week Pregnant Belly
At 33 weeks pregnant, your belly is likely to be quite large and prominent. The size of your belly will depend on a variety of factors, including your body type, how much weight you’ve gained during pregnancy, and the position of your baby. Some women may have a larger belly at this stage while others may have a smaller one.
As your belly grows, it can place added strain on your body, leading to aches and pains in your back, pelvis, and legs. It can also make it harder to move around and perform everyday tasks. Additionally, the increased weight and size of your belly can also cause strain on your abdominal muscles and lead to diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)
To take care of your belly, it is important to practice good posture and to use proper body mechanics when lifting or moving. You can also try using a maternity support belt to help alleviate some of the pressure on your lower back and pelvis.
Additionally, prenatal yoga or other gentle exercise can help to strengthen the muscles in your abdomen and back, which can help to alleviate discomfort. It is also important to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is also important. It is also important to listen to your body and rest as much as you need.
Baby Development at 33 Weeks
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby is continuing to grow and develop rapidly. Your baby is now about 17.5 inches in length and weighs around 4.75 pounds. Their size is similar to that of a ukelele, and they are taking up more and more space in your uterus.
Their lungs are almost fully developed, and they are practicing breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid. They are also able to open and close their eyes and respond to light. The baby’s brain is also continuing to develop, and they are developing their sense of touch. Their hair is also starting to grow, and their nails are starting to form.
Your baby is now in a head-down position, ready for birth. They are starting to settle into a head-down position in preparation for birth, although some babies may still be in a breech position at this stage.
There are some special considerations for a baby at 33 weeks pregnant, as they are considered to be preterm and there is a higher risk for complications if born at this stage. However, with proper care and monitoring, most babies born at this stage will be healthy. Your healthcare provider will monitor the baby’s growth and well-being closely and may recommend additional tests or monitoring if there are any concerns.
It’s important to note that every baby develops differently, and not all babies will hit these milestones exactly at 33 weeks. These are general estimates and not a guarantee of your baby’s development.
How Many Months is 33 Weeks Pregnant?
33 weeks pregnant is equivalent to 8 months pregnant.
This week of pregnancy is an exciting time as you and your baby are nearing the finish line. You may experience new symptoms and your baby will continue to develop and grow rapidly. It’s important to keep up with your prenatal care, prepare for your baby’s arrival, and discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider. Enjoy this special time as you await the arrival of your little one.