Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 33
Now that you are 33 weeks pregnant and almost halfway through your 3rd trimester, you may be experiencing various new symptoms. Women having their first pregnancy should take extra caution. Usually, doctors may want to start seeing women during this week more. This is basically to rule out any of the potential pregnancy complications.
The baby now weighs about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. The baby will keep eyes open while awake. Amazing! Your little one starts coordinating breathing with sucking and swallowing. The bones are hardening. At this point of time, the baby’s growth is also oriented towards major brain development. Congratulations! Your baby is getting smarter!
At 33 weeks pregnant, most babies have changed into a head-first. Your body is preparing for child birth. The baby may be still in ‘breech’ position, (bottom or feet facing downwards in the uterus). In case, your baby hasn’t turned upside down, don’t worry, some are lazy or unpredictable. They decide to turn at the last minute! You can also try certain exercises to help the baby or consult the doctor.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 33
The high metabolic rate will leave you feeling overheated. You will also experience headaches due to hormone fluctuations. Dehydration, stress, shortness of breath, forgetfulness and clumsiness are also some of the major symptoms during this week.
Make sure you focus on right amounts of protein intake to support this phase of growth. Make sure you eat a lot of plant foods such as rice, wheat and corn. Also add meat, pulses, beans and lentils to your diet. This will definitely ensure you good mix of essential proteins.
In case, you get bored with being pregnant, lie down and rub my belly. This will give you a sense of satisfaction as the baby starts to respond. You will feel wonderful. It is as if you are holding your baby in arms!