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33 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to this week:
1.     Your baby’s immune system is developing.
2.     Overheating.
3.     Clumsiness.
4.     Breathlessness. But you’re used to this by now, aren’t you?
5.     Your innie has probably become an outie.

How your life will change this week:
If pregnancy brain has been making you feel like your head isn’t connected to your body, you may be able to blame it on the sex of your baby. Interestingly, women pregnant with girls tend to be more forgetful than those pregnant with boys. Writing things down can help take the pressure off your short-term memory, as can simplifying your life, especially in these last weeks. If your feelings of frustration and overwhelment feel out of proportion, chat to your partner or your doctor about it. You could be suffering from depression.

Your bump is so big now that your centre of gravity will have changed, making you feel wobbly on your feet. Take things nice and slow – rushing will only make you feel more unsteady. In other changes this week, your metabolic rate is much faster than normal, which may make you feel like you’re overheating, and your belly button will have popped out. Don’t worry, it’ll become an innie again after you’ve given birth.

Your baby’s development this week:
Any day now, your baby will be getting ready for birth by turning head down. Your baby’s head will move into position to press on your cervix. Your doctor or your midwife will pay close attention to the position of your baby now – some babies may move and face upwards again, or may take longer to get into the right position.

The bones in your baby’s skull are still soft and won’t fuse together until after the birth. This is so your baby can move easily down the narrow birth canal. But the rest of the bones in your baby’s body are hardening now. As your baby grows, there is less space for amniotic fluid in the womb. This may mean that you can feel them poke you more sharply than before – there’s less fluid between you and your baby’s elbows and toes.

Your baby is still gaining weight and probably weighs about 2kg by now. This week they may grow by nearly 2cm! Your baby will keep their eyes open when they’re awake, and they are busy coordinating breathing, sucking and swallowing. 

This week’s To Do list:
  • Read some information on newborn care.
  • Make sure your nursery is ready for your little one.
  • Buy some supplies (like nappies, clothes and bedding) so you are set for when you come home with your baby. Take a look at our Newborn Checklist for ideas.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Flexing your calf muscles in the morning and in the evening before bed can help minimise leg cramps.Ask your partner to hold your foot and flex your muscles for you.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Sister Pippa Hime, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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