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What an exciting week! Your baby’s developing all five senses in preparation for joining the outside world, and she can now see, taste, and even hear. Most of her bones are hardening and her skin is less wrinkled now. Your baby weighs about 1.8 kilograms, and she’s about 43 to 46 centimetres long. You could be experiencing some wrist pain, and you might notice some fluid leaking form your breasts. There’s so much going on this week, let’s dive into it. 

33 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

This week your baby is developing in the following ways:

  • Senses. Your baby's brain is still developing rapidly as her five senses get ready for the world outside the womb. At this point, she can see the liquid world around her. She can feel sensation when she grabs a toe or sucks on a finger. She can taste the amniotic fluid and hear your heartbeat. There's no air in the amniotic sac to carry scent, but if there were, she'd be able to smell her surrounding environment.

  • Smoother skin. As fat stores begin to deposit under your baby’s skin, it looks less red and wrinkled.

  • Hardening bones. Your baby’s bones are hardening, however, the skull remains soft and flexible, so that she’ll be able to pass more easily through the birth canal during a vaginal birth.

  • Head is growing fastBecause of tremendous brain development, your baby's head circumference has increased by nearly half an inch just this week.

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33 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Some of the pregnancy symptoms you can expect around this week might include:

  • Wrist and hand pain. If your wrists and fingers feel achy, painful, or numb, you're not alone. Many pregnant women develop carpal tunnel syndrome, characterised by swelling around the nerves at the wrist, due to water retention. The pain and swelling will probably disappear after you deliver. In the meantime, try shifting your sleeping position so that you're not putting any pressure on your hands or wrists. You may also want to wear wrist braces to keep your wrists extended. If possible, reduce any repetitive motion — typing, for example. If your pain persists, contact your doctor.

  • Fluid leaking from breasts. You may have noticed fluid leaking from your breasts as you near your due date. Called colostrum, this 'pre-milk' will be your baby's first nourishment if you're planning on breastfeeding.

  • Itchy skin. As your skin stretches to accommodate your growing belly and breasts, you might experience itchy skin. Soothe your skin with some lotion, and avoid hot baths or showers as these can dry your skin even more. Instead, opt for warm water. Try to resist the urge to scratch your skin, as this can make it even worse.

FAQ at 33 Weeks

Should I still be gaining weight?

You'll continue putting on about half a kilogram a week until just before delivery. Don't try to slow your weight gain: your baby needs this nutrition right now. She weighs almost 2 kilograms but she may double her weight over the next seven weeks.

Are there any nutrients that are particularly important now?

It's more important than ever to pay attention to your diet. Your baby's fat and protein requirements [https://www.in.pampers.com/pregnancy/healthy-pregnancy/article/pregnancy-diet-plan-protein-while-pregnant] are at their greatest over the next few weeks, so be sure to eat balanced meals. Good sources of protein include meat, poultry, beans, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Is it OK to bend over during the 33rd week of pregnancy?

Yes, but make sure you do it the right way. Try bending using your knees instead of your waist. This takes the pressure off your back and directs it to your legs instead. Though heavy lifting is not advisable at this stage of pregnancy, if you must pick something up, make sure you hold it close to your body and rise with your legs instead of straining your back. Remember, bending won’t hurt the baby as she’s protected by amniotic fluid. Sometimes, though, it’s worth asking for a little help as bending with a bigger belly can cause you to lose your bearings and fall. It can also increase the chance of heartburn, and the sudden rush of blood to your head could cause dizziness.

33 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Pay special attention to your diet, eating plenty of protein and healthy fats

Plot and time your route to the hospital and practice getting there

Wear a wrist brace or shift your sleeping position if you’re having wrist pain

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33 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

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Pay special attention to your diet, eating plenty of protein and healthy fats

Plot and time your route to the hospital and practice getting there

Wear a wrist brace or shift your sleeping position if you’re having wrist pain

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