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Pregnancy Week 33


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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby is getting more complex with activity, able to breathe and suck, and squirm simultaneously now. The skull and skeleton are complete but still soft, making birth much easier on you both. Amniotic fluid has topped out at its max level this week.

Baby has reached important stage in development this week, as the immune system is developed now. That and the antibodies passed on by mother, will enable baby to handle life outside the womb.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 33

That pesky vaginal discharge, leukorrhea, is getting heavier and heavier now. You might be more comfortable wearing panty liners daily at this point in your pregnancy. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what is soaking that liner, though. A quick sniff should tell you if it's urine or not. The leukorrhea discharge should be thin and milky white with a non-offensive odor if any. If the discharge is tinged green or yellow, or bloody, it's not typical. If there are accompanying symptoms such as burning, itching or redness, again this is not expected with leukorrhea and you should call your physician. If you are soaking pads and it's not urine, call your doctor as leakage of amniotic fluid might be suspected.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Why does the doctor check the height of the uterus each visit? The fundal height is a bit of a predictor of a few things. It should match up to the weeks you are pregnant throughout first couple trimesters. The measurement is from pubic bone to top of uterus. A smaller than expected fundal height might indicate a smaller baby, or perhaps due to a tall/thin built mom, or strong abs, or baby in birth position sooner than expected, or less than usual amount of amniotic fluid, or breech baby. A larger than expected fundal height could indicate bigger baby, or multiples, or could be result of mother being shorter, scarring from a previous cesarean, a full bladder or a thicker uterine wall. If the doctor thinks the measurement is off, a ultrasound may be performed to check it out.

Preparing for Baby

New ultrasound 3D technology has given rise to commercial ultrasound/photography businesses. While this is a somewhat controversial idea, since some doctors have concern that nonprofessionals and worrying parents might see problems in a scan since they have no medical training or that even the long term consequences of ultrasounds in unproven it is a booming business. New parents are ready to shell out some serious money to get that detailed image of their new baby before birth. Check out any facility thoroughly. Ask friends for recommendations and remember this is not the same as an ultrasound done for medical purposed. Do not attempt to read more into it than a charming keepsake.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Many mothers struggle with backaches, especially in the final weeks. Ask your doctor if a massage is OK for you, and then look for a massage therapist skilled in the area of prenatal massage. Never lie flat on your back. You might want to ask for a fragrance-free treatment, without aromatherapy as certain smells might be offensive to you while pregnant. If you are cleared by your doctor, a massage can be just the thing to relieve that tired, painful back and give you a boost during your last trimester.

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Natasha Oct 27, 2014 06:59:45 PM ET

I'm 33 weeks and 3 days and i feel awful. i'm short of breath, leaked urine a few times today, and needed to move bowels a lot. i'm all bump with no weight anywhere else. i feel like i could burst. my belly is tight. i can't sleep from restless leg syndrome, heartburn and needing the loo often. i'm so ready to have this baby. this is my 3rd child.

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Guest Oct 10, 2014 11:13:58 AM ET

I am 33 weeks and 2 days pregnant! i have been on bed rest since week 24 because of a risk of preterm labor. i am super tired all the time, and have a constant back ache. i'm 2-3cm dilated already. i can't wait to meet my baby girl!

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zullyswt Sep 17, 2014 02:08:12 AM ET

I mm 33 weeks pregnant, and i'm feeling so heavy. i find it very hard to turn on bed when sleeping. i am having a baby boy, and i am so wishing to see him soon.

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dolly Sep 7, 2014 11:53:37 AM ET

I'm 32 weeks 5 days pregnant today, and i feel like the world is dropping down on me. i'm weak, tired, fatigued and short of breath. they just can't find anything wrong yet, and that is more annoying. i don't just feel like me anymore.

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turna Aug 16, 2014 02:45:36 AM ET

I'm 33 weeks pregnant. i'm suffering from a lot of complications. vagina bone pain, back pain, lower abdomen pain, etc.

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Guest Jan 23, 2014 11:16:08 PM ET

I am 32 weeks and 5 days pregnant. feeling quite good at this stage of pregnancy. i have gained 35 lbs. i was quite worried about that but the midwife said i'm a good weight & it's reassuring to see others on here have gained a similar amount of weight. i'm having a baby girl & can't wait to meet her & see who she looks like! :-)

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Alyssa Jul 26, 2013 03:22:50 AM ET

I was told i'd never get pregnant and here i am 32 weeks and 5 days. my heartburn is driving me up the wall! i have two bulging disks in my lower back and with gaining 50 pounds i am in constant pain. i keep getting infection after infection and rarely get a good nights sleep but my baby boy is definitely worth it! september can't get here soon enough

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Kandi Jul 9, 2013 12:54:56 AM ET

32 weeks and 4 days pregnant. so far i have gained roughly 50lbs (24 kilos). baby seems to be a normal size going by my fundal height. i feel very lethargic today, a little like i did in first tri (no where near as bad but i feel very off). i wake up very early to help m husband get ready for work so i think thats making me feel tired lately, very thankful i do not have to work. i feel terrible that some women have to work full time jobs while feeling like this! more power to you ladies xox

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Ashley Jun 30, 2013 01:43:30 AM ET

I'm 33 weeks today and i definitely feel like poo.. i have no energy, and just exhausted constantly :( i've only gained about 5 pounds, i'm real tiny and i had back problems before getting pregnant.. now it's just increased! but,i can honestly say i'm looking forward to my little princess being here soon!!

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Guest Jun 15, 2013 10:10:00 PM ET

I am 33 weeks today. i have gained 13lbs so far. this is my first pregnancy. i have been having contractions for 'the past 3 hours. ranging from 2mins to 30mins apart. on average they are 5 mins apart. i lost a little bit of my mucous plug yesterday. i've called my doctors office they said the doctor would call me back that was over 2hours ago! now i have really bad back ache. i feel miserable. i've felt really good until the past week!

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