What's happening in week 33
Week 33 and you are probably counting down the days!
At a glance
- Your baby's bones are starting to harden
- Swimming is a great way to relax and get some exercise
- Try and get in little naps when you can
How big is my baby at 33 weeks?
Your baby is now around 3-4lbs in weight and around 44cm long, in these last few weeks it’s possible they will grow another inch and will be putting on about half a pound a week.
They might already have a head of hair, and will have perhaps shifted position and gone head down in your womb, with their little legs folded up to their chest. This engaged position readies them to move further down into your pelvis in preparation for birth!
Your baby's bones are also continuing to harden at this stage too, except for those in their skull, which stay soft and pliable to enable baby's head to be born safely.
Their immune system will now also be fully developed with the antibodies they need for the outside world being passed from you to your little one in preparation for the birth.
The levels of amniotic fluid is now at its lowest as your baby continues to grow and take up space. With less fluid it’s likely that kicks could feel a bit sharp!
You at 33 weeks pregnant
You are probably really feeling (and looking) very pregnant now, and might have adopted the pregnant lady waddle thanks to your growing baby's position!
You might be feeling pretty exhausted quite a lot of the time, and finding you get out of puff and worn out more quickly than usual. Trying to keep as active as possible is still really encouraged though, even when you are at this late stage. Swimming is brilliant for mums-to-be as it is both a great way to relax and get a bit of exercise all while being supported by the water and feeling weightless.
You could also give yourself an energy boost with nutrient and iron rich snacks when you feel yourself flagging (much better for you than chocolate!) - and of course, get lots of rest and feet up time!
What to think about in week 33
You might be having real problems sleeping now, not only because of your mega bump, but also because of the weird dreams which can occur in late pregnancy! It can be infuriating not being able to nod off – or nodding off then waking lots in the night – but try not to stress over a lack of sleep too much. Instead, just try and make it up when you can (and don't feel guilty about it!).
An afternoon snooze on the sofa, or in the sunshine in the back garden will do you the power of good – and you really do need to make the most of every opportunity to put your feet up and rest now!
Also... Don’t forget to start preparing for your Bounty Portrait session when you start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag.
Bounty Portrait offers FREE in-hospital portrait sessions of your precious little one with no obligation to buy. You’ll also get a FREE portrait gift – choose from one of three different gifts and a FREE announcement service to share your first photos with loved ones
For that perfect Portrait session don’t forget to pack…
- A soft cuddly toy – this makes a great photo prop
- A blanket – whether it’s been knitted specially or bought. Adding this to a picture makes a great photo keepsake
- A plain top for you if you want to be in the photos
- That special ‘first’ baby outfit.
Thoughts of giving birth may increasingly enter your mind in these last few weeks and you may still be trying to sum up how to communicate your wishes to the midwives who care for you in labour. One important consideration is pain relief options when the time comes and which you would consider and which you may not.
Do your homework. It’s important to understand what pain relief options there are what potential side effects they may have like feeling woozy and less able to push at the end of labour.
Your midwife is the best person to discuss it with and if you write a birth plan, you will want to include what pain relief you would prefer (or indeed, not be offered). It’s not set in stone, so don’t worry if you do change your mind. Even if you plan for a natural, drug free delivery you can still request an epidural or pethidine once things get going – your midwives won't bat an eyelid!
You may well be experiencing tightening in your bump that can have you wondering if your contractions are starting, but don’t worry, this is very normal and many women experience what are known as Braxton hicks.
These ’practice’ contractions help your body to prepare itself for the birth. Women describe them as feeling almost like period pains or tightening around the uterus and you may also feel your bump getting hard.
Although they can be uncomfortable, most women say that they aren’t really painful and they also only last for less than a minute before easing off.
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