Pregnancy Calendar Week 33

YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 33

The bundle of joy inside your belly has grown to about 4 ½ pounds and she’s anywhere from 16-18 inches long. This week her immune system is in full swing and her skin is thickening up. For you, your walk may have turned into a waddle. And getting intimate with your partner could be causing pain instead of giving you pleasure.

Your Body

At 33 weeks pregnant, impending motherhood is bringing on even more awkward, painful changes:

Pregnancy Waddle

Has it happened to you yet?! About now, you’re likely moving through your days with that cute, penguin-like waddle that most pregnant women take on during the third trimester.Many women tend to notice a slight waddle as they begin the day with a full-blown waddle stride in effect as the day progresses.This charming—yet uncomfortable—characteristic of pregnancy comes about for a few reasons. First, your growing belly throws off your center of gravity, causing you to shift your weight to balance out the bump in front. And, those pregnancy hormones are at it again. They’re loosening up the joints in your lower spine, which makes you want to shift from side to side as you walk. Plus, as you baby gets bigger, your pelvis and hips spread out to make room, which affects your gait.Although your pregnancy waddle is largely unavoidable, you’ll want to exercise and stretch daily to help ease discomfort that often comes along with it.

Pain with Sex

If you’re experiencing pain and extreme sensitivity during intercourse these days, take heart knowing that this is a normal, common symptom of pregnancy that many expecting moms endure.As your body prepares for your baby’s passage through the birth canal, your vagina and pelvis become swollen with blood and fluid. This makes your vaginal walls more sensitive, which may cause you to feel pain during sex. However, some women, along with their partners, find intercourse more pleasurable. If that’s the case, enjoy.But if sex has become painful for you, try exploring other ways that you can satisfy one another physically and emotionally. This is a special time in your lives. Staying intimate, openly communicating and supporting one another’s needs is important for your physical and emotional well-being—and your baby’s too.

Your Baby

In the 33rd week of pregnancy, here’s a look at what’s happening with your little one:

Your baby’s immune system is fully developed.

Another exciting milestone this week for your baby: She’s now got a fully operational immune system. With help from your antibodies, which are being passed on through the placenta, your baby is now equipped with her own immunity. When she’s born, her body will be ready to defend against all the new substances she’ll be exposed to and fight off mild infections.

Your baby’s skin isn’t see-through anymore.

A few weeks ago, your baby’s skin started the process of losing its translucent appearance. And now it has thickened up to a point where it’s completely opaque—no more see-through skin for baby. Her skin is becoming firmer day by day, too. Compared to your skin, though, it’s still quite thin. Once she’s born, it will gradually thicken more and more. Color-wise, your baby’s complexion is taking on that pretty pink glow that newborns have.

Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow

To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 33:

Eat foods high in choline for baby’s brain growth.

Your baby’s brain is in a stage of rapid growth throughout the third trimester. To aid the expansion of her brain cells, your baby needs choline. So, make sure your daily diet includes foods rich in choline like eggs and cauliflower during the rest of your pregnancy.

Exercise boosts blood flow to your baby’s brain.

Exercising increases blood flow from your placenta to your baby, which plays a critical role in the healthy development of her rapidly growing brain. A baby’s brain triples in size during weeks 26-40. Give your baby the increased blood flow she needs by exercising every day. Taking a brisk 10 minute walk, 3 times a day, is a good routine.

Things You Should Do

  • Bond with your baby by gently massaging your bump and talking to her in a quiet, calm, loving voice.
  • Install your baby’s car seat now so that it’s ready to go after you deliver.

Words You Should KnowFalse Labor:

Contractions that aren’t regular, don’t increase in frequency and don’t dilate the cervix.

Hydrotherapy: The therapeutic use of warm water, typically in a Jacuzzi tub, that’s used to help relax a woman in labor and reduce discomfort.

Macrosomia: A condition in which a baby is born with a high birth weight of ten or more pounds. It is common with diabetic mothers.

Nesting Instinct: Near the end of pregnancy, this is a strong urge that expecting moms get to prepare for the birth of their baby. It often includes thoroughly cleaning and organizing the house, shopping for everything the baby needs, and getting the nursery decorated.

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