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33 Weeks Pregnant

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You're in the last few weeks of your pregnancy and both you and your baby are getting more uncomfortable.

Your Body at 33 Weeks Pregnant

Your body and your baby are slowing down when you're 33 weeks pregnant. You're adjusting to the extra weight and shifted center of gravity and your baby is just running out of room!

Your healthcare provider should be checking your blood pressure at each visit, but if you notice a lot of swelling in your hands and feet, you could have pre-eclampsia. This is a potentially dangerous condition that affects about 10 percent of moms and babies and should be monitored closely to make sure you're both safe.

Your skin at 33 weeks pregnant is stretching dramatically, which can cause some serious itching. However, if your itchy skin is on your hands, your belly and the soles of your feet, you could have obstetric cholestasis. Contact your healthcare provider if this is the case. If you do have obstetric cholestasis, your doctor or midwife may recommend delivering your baby early.

Vaginal discharge is normal when you're pregnant at 33 weeks, but if you notice an odd smell or it becomes thick and yellow, talk to your healthcare provider.

Your Baby at 33 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is about 17 inches long and weighs about three or four pounds. She's gaining weight at a steady pace and the calcium in your diet is helping her bones harden. Make sure you're getting enough calcium by adding some extra milk, cheese, or even a small bowl of ice cream to your diet. Ice cream? Yes, please!

human fetus at 33 weeksYour baby at 33 weeks may even have a full head of hair, but she could have just a small amount or none at all.

What to Consider When You're 33 Weeks Pregnant

When you're pregnant at 33 weeks, you may have to do a little coaxing to get your baby into the right position for childbirth. If your baby hasn't turned yet, try to spend some time on all fours and wiggle your hips and arch your back or kneel across a birthing ball or a bean bag. It might feel a little silly, but it will help your baby flip head down. Swimming can also help, particularly the breaststroke, but you should talk to your doctor before you head to the pool.

Other things to consider when you're 33 weeks pregnant is what type of assistance you'll have once the baby comes home, particularly if you're having twins. If you're going back to work, you should start to think about childcare options.

Don't forget about packing your hospital bag and learning about the pain relief options that will be available to you during birth. These last few weeks will fly by and your baby will be here before you know it!

What to Expect at 34 Weeks Pregnant

 
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