Pregnancy Week 33

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 4.23 pounds (1.918kg) and measuring 17.20inches (43.7cm).

How big are you?

Your uterus now sits about 5.11 inches (13cm) above your bellybutton and about 12.99inches (33cm) above your pubic symphysis. Your total weight gain by now should beabout 21.82-27.77 pounds (9.9-12.6 kg).

Depending on how big your baby is, you may be feeling uncomfortable in different ways. If your baby is sitting quite highup, then there is a good chance that you would have already been kicked under yourribs. This can be extremely painful!

It is also not uncommon for babies to be low and lying in your pelvis by this stage.This can sometimes lead to sciatic nerve pain, which it when your baby is causing pressure to be placeon the sciatic nerve. This may leave you feeling pins and needles in your lowerback, legs and feet.

How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby may begin to practice sucking this week by sucking on his/her fingers.
•  Your baby will continue to deposit fat under the skin this week as he/she will continueto gain weight.
•  As a result of the fat deposits, your baby’s skin will be changing color from redto pink.

Your Nutrition
Continue to eat the correct foods in order to ensure that your weight gain is goodand that you are getting the correct amount of nutritional value.

You may find that you will begin to experience heartburn more often as your stomachdoesn’t have as much space as your baby is getting bigger. Eating smaller mealsmore often may help ease heartburn. For more ways read our article on reducingheart burn during pregnancy.

Ensure that you wash all fruits and vegetable prior to preparing. This will helpreduce the amount of pesticides and food preservatives you will be taking in, asthese chemicals will be harmful to your baby.

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Pregnancy Week 33