You’re 33 weeks pregnant.
Now is as good a time as any to start checking things off your to do list:
- Get the nursery ready and stocked with everything you will need
- Organise for car seats to be installed
- Pack your hospital bag and put it in a place where you can easily find it
- Organise care for older children while you’re in hospital
- Stock the freezer with meals for after you get home with your new baby
- Sort out the birth announcement
- Organise home delivery of groceries for the first few weeks after the birth.
33 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
If you haven’t made a birth plan now is a great time to do it.
Having a birth plan helps you to understand your options and what to do if things change unexpectedly.
Often women who decide not to have a plan find ‘going with the flow’ can set them up for a disappointing experience.
BellyBelly’s article on birth plans has heaps of information, and a free downloadable template that you can edit to suit you.
Your care provider should be able to accommodate your needs, if you change your mind.
But having a birth plan in place means you won’t need to make a lot of last minute decisions.
Considering 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.
When you have a doula, you have a significantly lower chance of requiring interventions. There are 50% fewer caesarean sections where a doula is involved.
Although some doulas will take on births at the last minute, if you’re interested in hiring one it would be best to do it sooner than later.
This is because the more time your doula has with you, the more time she has to help you with advice and resources.
Great (Or Not So Great) Breastfeeding Support Can Affect Your Experience
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a good first stop for breastfeeding help and advice. It’s also a good idea to find out, from your hospital or midwife, about what’s on offer in terms of lactation consultants.
You can hire lactation consultants privately, if you find you need some help. This can be a great option, because you can choose someone you connect with and you know exactly the care you’ll be getting.
Look for an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), which is the gold standard in lactation care.
BellyBelly has plenty of helpful articles on breastfeeding and alternative feeding methods, to help you feel prepared.
33 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
At 33 weeks pregnant your metabolism is working at full speed. You might see your weight gain start to slow down a little.
When your doctor or midwife measures your belly, though, you’ll see baby is still getting bigger, even if you’re not gaining weight as quickly as before.
Your fast metabolism is probably making you feel really warm.
In fact, it’s almost as though you have an inbuilt heater.
Even if you’re pregnant during winter, you might feel overheated.
The extra body heat and sweating can easily lead to dehydration.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, as even mild dehydration can give you headaches.
Insomnia has probably reared its head (yet again) and getting a full night’s sleep now seems impossible.
Most pregnant women find this happens in the third trimester.
Whether it’s anxiety related, due to hormones, or simply about being uncomfortable, insomnia can leave you with a foggy brain, making it difficult to cope.
Try all the usual tricks to wind down before bed:
- Put your feet up and have a warm drink, like herbal tea
- Have a warm bath
- Try meditation or reading, but avoid screens as this can increase your wakefulness
- Do some gentle exercise a few hours before bedtime
- Ask your partner for a massage (it’s great for aching muscles, too).
If sleep eludes you, lying there watching the clock won’t help. Try listening to some soothing music, or read until you feel drowsy.
33 Weeks Pregnant: Cramping
Braxton Hicks contractions can ramp up around this time too.
These are different from labour contractions as they stop whenever you move around or change position.
True labour contractions will keep going, and if they happen this early, this is preterm labour.
Be sure to contact your care provider if you have any signs of preterm labour, such as regular cramping with bleeding or pain.
33 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby
At 33 weeks pregnant your baby’s brain is continuing to develop.
She opens and closes her eyes when she is awake and asleep.
This means she can tell the difference between night and day.
However don’t expect this to mean she’ll know the difference after birth.
Babies have very different needs after they’re born.
To understand more, read some of BellyBelly’s many articles about babies and sleep.
We recommend you read 8 Facts Parents Need To Know About Babies And Sleep and How Do You Get Your Newborn To Sleep? for more information.
The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby peaks at 33 weeks pregnant.
Your baby’s now has her own immune system. This is an important milestone, as your antibodies are being passed on to your baby through the placenta.
You can help your baby get off to a great start in life by avoiding certain things which can affect her health.
Read 5 Ways To Give Baby’s Immune System A Head Start for more information.
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby’s weight is about 1.8 kg and she is about 38-46 cm long – about the size of a pineapple.