You’re 33 weeks pregnant.
Now is as good time as any to start checking things off your to do list:
- Get the nursery ready and stocked with everything you will need
- Organise car seats to be installed
- Packing your hospital bag and put it in a place where it’s easily found
- Organise care for older children for when you’re in hospital
- Stock freezer with meals for after you get home with your new baby
- Sort out birth announcement
- Organise home delivery of groceries for the first few weeks after birth.
33 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
If you haven’t made a birth plan now is a great time to.
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 info and a free downloadable temple for you to edit as you like.
Your care provider 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.
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.
BellyBelly has plenty of helpful articles on breastfeeding and alternative feeding methods, to help you feel prepared.
Your Body – 33 Weeks Pregnant
At 33 weeks pregnant your metabolism is at full speed so you may see your weight gain start to slow down a bit.
But when your doctor or midwife measures your belly, you’ll see baby is still getting bigger, even if you’re not gaining weight as fast.
That 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 can feel overheated.
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.
Insomnia has likely reared its head (again!) and getting a full night’s sleep seems impossible.
Most pregnant women find this happens in the third trimester.
Whether it’s anxiety related, hormones or simply being uncomfortable, insomnia can leave with a foggy brain and unable to cope with the day to day.
Try all the usual tricks before bed to wind down::
- Put your feet up and have a warm drink like herbal tea
- Warm bath
- Meditation or reading – avoid screens as this can increase your wakefulness
- Gentle exercise a few hours before bedtime
- Ask your parter for a massage (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.
Braxton Hicks contractions can ramp up around this time too. These are different to labour contractions as they stop when you move or change position.
True labour contractions will keep going and because it’s 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 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.
Newborn babies have very different needs when they’re born.
To understand more BellyBelly has plenty of 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 has her own immune system. This is an important milestone as your antibodies are being passed onto your baby through the placenta.
You can help your baby off to a great start in life by avoiding certain things which can impact your baby’s 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!