33 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 33 Weeks Pregnant

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33 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 33 Weeks Pregnant

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Your Pregnancy – 33 Weeks Pregnant

Welcome to your 33rd week of pregnancy! This week, take a few minutes to ensure that your nursery is stocked and your suitcase is prepared for a trip to hospital – even if you’re planning a homebirth, its good to have a bag ready for any situation to save on stressing last minute. At 33 weeks pregnant, you probably have a few weeks to go yet, but it’s a good idea to be ready ahead of time. Not only will it prevent panic in the event that baby arrives early, but it will set your mind at ease. It’s likely that you’re having trouble sleeping about now, and a long list of things yet to accomplish only makes you toss and turn more at night.

Your Body – 33 Weeks Pregnant

You’re continuing to gain weight steadily, because baby is gaining weight. But, your metabolism is really at full speed right now, so you may see your actual weight gain start to slow down a bit. But, when the doctor measures your belly, you’ll see that baby is still getting bigger, even if you’re not gaining weight as fast.

That fast metabolism is probably making you feel really overheated these days, too. Even if you’re pregnant during winter, you may feel the need to shed clothes at this stage of pregnancy. Dress in layers, so that you can feel comfortable. You probably already feel big and clumsy, there’s no need to feel sweaty, too! The extra body heat and sweat can easily make you dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of good water – if you have access to well filtered water that is great (check out Blue Zone Water if you’re looking for a really healthy water solution). Even mild dehydration can give you headaches, and severe dehydration can be dangerous for you and baby.

If you haven’t made a birth plan (or as some prefer to call it, birth preferences!), it’s time to do so. BellyBelly’s article on birth plans has heaps of info and a free downloadable temple for you to edit as you please. Hopefully, by now, your doctor has discussed childbirth options with you – as they say, if you don’t know your options, you don’t have any! These include labouring in water, active birth, pain medications etc. It’s important to consider all the options available and try to make a preliminary decision on whether or not you want pain medications and how you plan to labour. Your hospital should be accommodating if you change your mind, but having a birth plan in place helps ensure you won’t have to make a lot of last minute decisions. If you haven’t yet looked into it, consider a doula who can go over your options in detail and support you with your birth plan. With a doula, you have significantly less chance of requiring interventions – even 50% fewer caesarean sections with a doula. While doulas to take on last minute births, if you’re interested in hiring one, I wouldn’t wait too long before deciding! This is because the more time she has with you, the more time she has to help you with advice and resources.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a good first stop for breastfeeding help and advice, but It’s also a good idea to find out about whats on offer from your hospital or midwife as far as lactation consultants go. Most hospitals have a consultant on staff or new mother breastfeeding classes run by a lactation consultant. If you’re planning to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to let your hospital know that you’d be interested in any help, however one of the biggest complaints I always hear about stays in post-natal wards is the conflicting breastfeeding advice leaving new mothers confused and overwhelmed in those essential first days. You need to be aware that not all breastfeeding consultants are trained the same or have the same philosophies, and midwives are not trained lactation consultants. This is why pre-natal breastfeeding education is crucial.

You can hire lactation consultants privately if you find you need some help, which can be a great option, because you can choose someone you resonate with and you know what you are getting. Look for an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) which is the gold standard in lactation care.

33 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby’s weight is about 1.8 kg and she is about 38-46 cm long. She will gain about .22 kg each week from now on.

Baby’s bones are continuing to harden. His brain is also continuing to develop. These days, when he’s awake, his eyes are open.

He’s also working hard on a new skill that will be critical once he enters the world. He’s beginning to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing. We take it for granted, but it’s actually a very complex and precise group of muscle movements that let us do all of these things as needed, without choking!

Kelly Winder is a birth attendant (aka doula), the creator of BellyBelly and mum to three beautiful children. Follow Kelly on Google+ and become a fan of BellyBelly on Facebook. BellyBelly is also on Twitter. Please note that all of my suggestions and advice are of a generalised nature only and are not intended to replace advice from a qualified professional. BellyBelly.com.au – The Thinking Woman’s Website For Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.


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