Your baby is…growing and growing…
Just what is the baby up to at 33 weeks? At this time in your pregnancy your baby is about 17.1 inches long and weighs over 4 lbs. As your pregnancy continues your baby will continue to get longer and gain weight. By the time you go into labor your baby can weigh as much as 7 or 8 lbs! While your baby is going through all these changes your own body continues to grow and hit even more pregnancy symptoms. You may find that while you are 33 weeks pregnant you’re experiencing some edema, swelling of your feet and ankles. Yes, just add this to all those other pregnancy symptoms that are challenging you at this time phase of your pregnancy! You may find this swelling intensified if it’s summertime or if you live in a warm climate. To find some relief from this swelling, elevate your feet whenever you can. You may not be able to get rid of so many of your pregnancy symptoms, but you can certainly find some relief for some of them!
Carpel tunnel syndrome?
Oh yes, even more pregnancy symptoms to keep you on your toes! At this time in your pregnancy you might be feeling some numbness and pain in your wrists and fingers. This is because the tissues that support your wrists and hands can sometimes swell, leading to a condition that is much the same as carpel tunnel syndrome. To ease some of the pains of these pregnancy symptoms consider using a wrist brace. This can be particularly helpful if you’re doing a job that requires you to use a computer. Also, take breaks as often as you can. Remember, at this time in your pregnancy it’s important that you’re as comfortable as possible even with these pregnancy symptoms.
Will be there be an end to all this growing??
33 weeks pregnant and still your belly keeps growing and growing and adding to all those pregnancy symptoms that are sometimes quite painful? There are even some days at this time in your pregnancy when you feel as though you’ve grown bigger overnight! You may feel as though you’ve lost complete control of what is happening to your body and the reality is that you have! The Baby is in charge now of what’s been happening to you and all you can do while 33 weeks pregnant is hang on until the ride is over. And the good news? In just a few more weeks you’ll most likely stop putting on weight and at that time in your pregnancy you might even lose a bit of weight.
Are you ready to go?
Your pregnancy is almost at an end and you’ll want to be sure that your hospital bag is all packed and ready to go. The last thing you want is to go into labor and be running around packing your bag at the last minute. Yes, pregnancy symptoms like fatigue and aching muscles are most likely getting you down but make the time and find the energy to get that bag packed! Being prepared is a great way to lessen some of the anxiety and worry that you might be feeling at this phase of your pregnancy. Some of the items that should be tucked away in your bag include: your birthing plan, a receiving blanket for your baby, a nursing bra, sanitary pads, and change of clothes. And don’t forget the digital camera! Thinking while you are 33 weeks pregnant is easier than when you’ve already gone into labor so start packing that bag while you can!
Take a deep breath…
There’s no way that you can forget about your pregnancy for even one day! Not only are pregnancy symptoms a constant reminder of the baby inside you, so are the reactions you’re no doubt getting from complete strangers that you meet on the street. Who can resist the glow of a pregnant woman? Even though you’re thrilled and excited with your pregnancy, while 33 weeks pregnant you’ve most likely lost that feeling of glamour along the way. You just want those pregnancy symptoms to end and your baby to arrive. Don’t worry if you’re not enjoying every minute of your pregnancy. You’re 33 weeks pregnant and been through a lot of changes. Rest assured that when you’re no longer pregnant, all the pregnancy symptoms and other ups and downs you’ve been through will all be worth it. Now that you have reach such a pivotal point in your pregnancy, all that is left to do is sit back, take a deep breath, and relax. If this is your second or third time being pregnant make some quality time to spend with your children before the new baby arrives. If pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and muscle aches are getting you down, do something quietly at home. Watch a movie with your children or do some crafts with them. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed your children will be about welcoming the new baby to your home.