33 Weeks Pregnant
Welcome to your 33rd week of pregnancy! Now you’re 33 weeks pregnant, it’s time to get serious about your nursery being stocked and to ensure your suitcase is prepared for a trip to hospital.
Even if you’re planning a homebirth, it’s good to have a bag ready for any situation. This practical preparation is good for your peace of mind and can help you feel more relaxed and ready in yourself to birth your baby.
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. So move with your energy, keep ticking things off your list and rest as much as you can – you’re going to need it.
Make sure you’re talking with your partner and ensuring he’s getting ready and you’re both (as a couple) getting ready, too. This is vital to your ability to be able to move towards your birth feeling safe, trusting and ready.
Your Body – 33 Weeks Pregnant
You’re continuing to gain weight steadily as baby is gaining weight. At 33 weeks pregnant your metabolism is at full speed so you may see your actual weight gain start to slow down a bit. But when your doctor or midwife 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 warm these days, as though you have an inbuilt heater. 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. The extra body heat and sweating can easily make you dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as mild dehydration can give you headaches and severe dehydration can be dangerous for you and baby.
Your Birth Plan
If you haven’t made a birth plan now is a great time to. BellyBelly’s article on birth plans has heaps of info and a free downloadable temple for you to edit as you like. By now your doctor or midwife should have 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 think about 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.
Considered A Doula?
If you haven’t yet looked into it, consider hiring 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 do take on last minute births, if you’re interested in hiring one it would be best to do it sooner than later. This is because the more time she has with you, the more time she has to help you with advice and resources.
Great (Or Not So Great) Breastfeeding Support Can Impact Your Experience
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 what’s 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 prepared for conflicting breastfeeding advice that could leave you confused and overwhelmed in those essential first days. Not all breastfeeding consultants are trained the same or have the same philosophies, and midwives are not trained lactation consultants. This is why prenatal 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 connect 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
The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby peaks at 33 weeks pregnant. Baby’s brain is continuing to develop and he opens and closes his eyes when he is awake and asleep. Your baby’s bones are beginning to harden and he has his own immune system.
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby’s weight is about 1.8 kg and she is about 38-46 cm long — comparative to a bunch of celery!