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
Your Baby’s Development
In these last few weeks before delivery, the billions of developed neurons in your baby’s brain are helping him or her to learn about the in-utero environment — your baby can listen, feel, and even see somewhat. Your baby’s eyes can detect light and the pupils can constrict and dilate in response to it.
Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time and even has rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the sleep stage during which our most vivid dreams happen!
Watch Your Baby GrowYour baby’s lungs are almost completely matured. Fat will continue to build on your baby’s body for protection and warmth. Babies gain a good deal of their weight in the final few weeks before birth.
With labor and delivery only 2 months away, you may be considering how you’ll cope with pain during childbirth. Commonly used ways to help manage pain include breathing techniques such as those taught in Lamaze classes; pain-relief medicines given through injection; and epidurals, where doctors can give an anesthetic through a soft, thin catheter placed in the lower back.
Whatever your choice, the more you know, the better informed your decision will be. You don’t have to decide yet, but discuss your choices with your health care provider soon.
Pregnancy symptoms at 33 weeks
You may notice that your feet, hands, face, and ankles have become a bit swollen. This water retention is known as oedema. It is often worse in warm weather and later in the day.
Surprisingly, drinking more water, not less, will help. So, drink up! But if the swelling’s severe, and you have headaches, call your midwife or doctor straight away, because these are sometimes symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
How your life’s changing
- Make life easier for yourself now. Stock up on basics, everything from tins to tights, before shopping becomes too much of a chore. Cook up extra portions to freeze ahead for the early weeks. You’ll be glad you did when your baby’s arrived.
- Make sure you and your partner have all the important numbers on your phone – your midwife, doctor and the labour ward. If you have pets and older children, arrange for someone to take care of them. Then you’ll be able to focus on just yourself and your baby when the time comes.
- If you’re worrying about money, try not to spoil your maternity leave fretting. Work out if you’re budgeting enough for your baby. There may also be benefits which you can apply for to help you manage.