33 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
33 WEEKS PREGNANT
Yes! This is week 33 of your pregnancy. The big day is getting so much closer! There’s just 7 weeks left until your due date, but baby could come a little earlier. (Baby could also come a little later than your due date, too, but we’ll pretend for right now that that’s not a realistic possibility. Shh!) At this point, you’re probably the most uncomfortable you’ve been so far in your pregnancy. You’re probably also not getting a whole lot of sleep, which makes the discomfort seem that much worse. Just remember, it’s almost over. And once you’re holding that precious little baby in your arms, all the misery you survived during your pregnancy will be forgotten.
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a head of lettuce. He weighs about 4.2 pounds and measures about 17.2 inches long. At this point, the baby won’t grow much longer. He’s probably very close to the length he’ll be at birth, but he will continue gaining weight each week until he’s born!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 33
Ugh! More pregnancy symptoms? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You are so close to the end of your pregnancy, but there are still some pregnancy symptoms you’re going to have to put up with until your little one decides to make his or her grand entrance into the world. And here are the pregnancy symptoms you might experience this week at 33 weeks pregnant:
- Headaches. Your hormones are all over the place right now, which can cause you to have headaches. Dehydration and stress can also cause headaches at 33 weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as possible to try and ward off those headaches as much as possible.
- Overheating. While overheating is a symptom many women will deal with this late in pregnancy due to your metabolic rate being sky high right now, it’s especially an issue if you’re pregnant in the hot months of summer.
- Forgetfulness. Otherwise known as “baby brain,” forgetfulness is a common symptom during pregnancy. It’s generally attributed to all the stress and anxiety pregnant women feel about impending motherhood, though the actual cause is not certain.
- Shortness of breath. Your lungs are being crowded to the point that they can’t fully expand, which leaves you struggling to catch your breath at times. Try to take it easy and when you feel yourself becoming short of breath, sit down and rest. You don’t want to overexert yourself and pass out!
Insomnia. Not sleeping much these days? It’s no wonder you’re having trouble getting to sleep (and staying asleep) at night with all those trips to the bathroom, jumpy and achy legs, not being able to get into a comfortable position, and being so dang hot! Rest when you can throughout the day and try to find something to do at night to relax you so that maybe you can at least get a little shuteye before morning.
33 WEEK BABY BUMP
By 33 weeks pregnant, your weight gain should be somewhere around 22 to 28 pounds so far. If you’re having twins, your weight gain is going to be a bit more than that – around 32 to 42 pounds. If you’ve been craving those sweets – and giving in to those cravings more than you should – you might be surprised to find your weight gain is even more than these suggested weight gain totals. Oops!
At this stage in your pregnancy you’ve probably already experienced Braxton Hicks contractions. These are called “practice contractions,” and you’ll know if you’ve been having them because your belly will tighten up and you may have mild pain from these contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are not as painful as real contractions and are often brought on by having sex or doing strenuous activities.
Many women mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for real labor contractions, but there are ways you can tell the two apart. Real labor contractions will be painful, they’ll be regularly spaced so you’ll be able to time them, and no amount of changing positions or resting will make them go away. Braxton Hicks contractions will be irregular and changing positions or drinking water will often make them go away.
33 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
You more than likely will not have an ultrasound at 33 weeks (unless you’re high risk), but if you were to have one, you’d see your baby doing some amazing things in there. He can now keep his eyes open while he’s awake. What a huge milestone! You might also catch your little one sucking his thumb. Baby has been practicing sucking and swallowing for some time now – he’s getting really good at these actions! The baby’s bones are hardening, and his brain is continuing to develop, also!
At 33 weeks, if you’re considered high risk (this is you twin mommies!), you may have an ultrasound done that will check things like fetal movement, amniotic fluid levels, baby’s breathing, and muscle tone. You may also have a non-stress test done. The non-stress test measures how the baby’s heart rate changes when you have a contraction or when the baby moves around.
The ultrasound and non-stress test are done as a precaution to give your doctor a head’s up on how the baby’s doing and on whether or not you’re showing signs of possibly going into preterm labor.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 33 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At 33 weeks pregnant you should be busy getting all the final preparations in place for the baby’s arrival – in case he or she decides to make an early appearance! You should also be resting as much as possible. If you’re sitting around twiddling your thumbs in boredom, here are a couple other things you can be doing right now at 33 weeks pregnant:
- Register at the hospital. If you haven’t already, you should go register at the hospital for labor and delivery. Doing so ahead of time will prevent you from standing around while in labor filling out paperwork!
- Finalize your birth plan. This is something else you’ll want to have prepared before you go into labor. Decide what your birth plan is, such as: will you want an epidural? Are you having a water birth? Who do you want in the delivery room with you? Do you want music playing while you’re in labor? – While birth plans have the potential to change last minute due to any issues that may arise while you’re in labor, you should have a general idea of how you want the labor and delivery process to go. Many women find this makes them feel less anxious about giving birth!
- Sam C's Editorial Team