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What pregnant women need to know in week 33 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

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Baby Development

How my baby growing?

Your baby is about the size of a pineapple and the length is about 43cm from head to heel and weighs over 1.8kg.

In these last few weeks before delivery, 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 light. Like a newborn, your baby sleeps most of the time and even experiences the rapid eyes movement stage, the sleep stage during which our most vivid dreams occur.

Your baby’s lungs are almost completely matured. Fat will continue to be deposited on your baby’s body for protection and warmth. Babies gain a good deal of their weight in the final few weeks before birth.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

As your baby fills out more space in your belly, lots of things might start to change: before you intend to do something, you may find yourself waddling. Finding an easy position to sit or let alone sleep is becoming more of a challenge. You may be feeling some achiness and numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this tunnel may end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain or a dull ache. Try wearing a splint to stabilize your wrist or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movements (at a keyboard or on an assembly line, for instance), remember to stretch your hands when you take breaks which should be frequently.

What should I be concerned about?

If you find a clear, creamy liquid leaking from your nipples, don’t be worry: that liquid is not mother milk. Milk are only produced a couple days after childbirth. Leaking clear, creamy-white or yellowish discharge from your breasts is a sign that your body is prepping to breastfeed your baby. The fluid you see is called colostrum, which is a precursor to the real milk you’ll start producing a few days after delivery.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

You need to ask your doctor before taking sleeping pills. There is no safe sleeping pill for pregnant women. Your doctor can help weigh the risks and benefits of taking a medication and discuss alternative solutions to pregnancy sleep issues.

What tests should I know about ?

You will spend more time in the doctor’s office in this month than ever. The tests will be more interesting this time: your doctor will estimate your baby’s size and even predict the time of delivery. Doctor may give you variable tests based on your requirements and doctor’s style, they include:

  • Weight (weight gain will stop or decrease in this time);
  • Blood pressure (may be higher than the second trimester);
  • Urine screen to check the levels of sugar and protein;
  • Legs varicose, hands and feet swelling;
  • Check the size of uterus by testing the inside to see how thin it is and start to stretch;
  • The height of the fundus (the top of the uterus);
  • Fetal heart rate test;
  • The size of the fetus, the direction of delivery (head first or bottom first), position (face down or face up) through touching;
  • List of questions you want to ask your doctor, especially what relates to labor and delivery, including the frequency and the lasting time of Braxton Hicks contractions, and pre-existing symptoms, especially abnormal symptoms.

Health & Safety

What should I know about staying healthy and safe during pregnancy?

If you are worried about insect repellents, you should use it as recommended for safety. Most insect repellents are considered safe during pregnancy, but remember to read the label carefully.

Be careful if you eat soft cheese. Soft cheese which is made of pasteurized milk is considered safe to eat. But some cheese made from raw milk, which is unpasteurized is not safe to eat or drink.

How will the baby’s growing in next week?

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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