Try to enjoy and savour as much of this experience as possible - write a journal and take lots of 'bump' pictures whilst you still can. Once your newborn is here, this time will all be a blur!
Changes to you and your bodyAs you approach the final stages of your pregnancy, you may start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions on occasions, if you haven't done already. This is completely normal during the later stages of pregnancy as your body prepares itself labour and you need not worry. However, if your contractions become very strong and frequent in their nature, you should consider contacting your midwife as this could be a sign that you are going into labour.
You will also need to keep an eye on the appearance of your hands, feet and face and be on the look out for any significant swelling as this is one of the signs of pre-eclampsia, the medical term for high blood pressure in pregnancy. If you do notice anything out of the ordinary, speak to your midwife or GP as soon as possible so that they can run the required tests.
By 33 weeks your baby is around the same size as a pineapple, weighs just over four pounds and is around 44 centimetres in length from head to toe.
As your baby continues to grow over the next few weeks, obviously your skin is stretching more and more and may feel itchy, in which case, you may like to use moisturising lotions and oils to help to cool and soothe the symptons.
Changes to your babyAt 33 weeks your baby is around the same size as a pineapple, weighs just over four pounds or 1.8 kilograms and is around 17 inches or 44 centimetres in length from head to toe.
Your baby's brain and nervous system have fully developed by 33 weeks and if you're expecting a baby boy, your baby's testicles will have started to descend into the scrotum from the abdomen.
At this stage of your pregnancy your baby's bones will be hardening; this is all thanks to the calcium in your diet. However, your baby's skull will not have hardened yet, as it will need to stay soft so that you can give birth more easily, continuing to harden and develop for the first few months after your newborn has arrived.
Tips for a happy pregnancyAt 33 weeks, you may well find that your baby's movements can make you feel uncomfortable and that your own movements are slower than usual due to all the extra weight created by your baby. Just try to take things slowly and rest whenever you feel tired; although staying active as much as possible will assist you with the labour and recovery afterwards.
You may also have become aware of some clear or white vaginal discharge. This is nothing to worry about. However, you should be aware of thick or yellow discharge, as this could indicate that you are suffering from an infection.
You may like to consider some simple movements to aid getting your baby into the correct position for birth. If you get down on all fours, arch your back and wiggle your hips, you will have a good chance of positioning your baby. Breaststroke swimming is also said to help open up the pelvis and help prepare baby for birth.
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