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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.

Pregnancy Week 33 Comfort Meter

I feel absolutely wonderful!
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Natalie Aug 21, 2018 06:19:26 AM ET

I am 33 weeks pregnant with my first child and I keep getting white mucus. And my vagina hurts inside. And my back is sore.

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Leila Feb 8, 2018 01:42:41 PM ET

Hi I am 33 +3 days pregnant and I keep getting really bad pelvic and vaginal pain with a lot of thick discharge, which is starting to look watery. Is that normal?

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Magreth Dec 1, 2017 09:56:21 PM ET

Hi, I am 43 years old , I am on week 33, with my first child . I am still salivating since the first trimester. Is this normal?

Lindsay Jan 5, 2018 09:33:49 PM ET

Yes, it is. i have been salivating since first trimester until date and i'm 33 weeks pregnant with my second baby. my first baby, i didn't salivate, but ob says it's normal because of hormones. all the best with your first baby.

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ethel Jul 14, 2017 05:17:01 AM ET

I am 33 weeks pregnant with my second born. In the first pregnancy i had some complications where as the baby had to be pulled and the doctor said my pelvic bones were tight, the baby could not pass through. Since this is my second born will the same happen or I might deliver normal? Anyone who had the same issue, please advice.

Guest Feb 24, 2018 03:04:22 AM ET

Same happened with me but, they won't let me deliver normal with my second because she's bigger than my son was. so i'll have to do a c section.

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kaydie Jul 9, 2017 06:06:32 PM ET

Am 32 week 5 days I had my son at 34 weeks is there a possibility a could go early again about the same time

Natalie Nov 17, 2017 04:06:52 PM ET

Hey, could i just ask how was your baby when born so early??

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Mary Cristino - PH Jun 25, 2017 11:23:11 AM ET

I'm on my 33rd week, this is my 4th (and last) pregnancy, I am having series of contractions so went to see my doctor and turned out it's preterm labor (but cervix not yet open). I was advised to take duvadillan for a week and complete bed rest. Most of the time it is very uncomfortable, back ache and abdominal pain which I am not sure if it's braxton hicks or what. This is my 4th pregnancy but each pregnancy always felt like the first time, since each pregnancy is unique.

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Rica love Jun 22, 2017 04:14:23 AM ET

I'm 33 weeks pregnant with my second child and can't wait to meet my daughter. She's very active at times. Counting down these weeks.

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Helen Jun 2, 2017 02:20:25 PM ET

I'm 33 weeks pregnant with twins and having a yellowish discharge for the past two months now, which has no smell, I was worried and my doctor says it's normal, but I can't stop worrying.

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Mamacarly Mar 14, 2017 01:57:24 PM ET

I'm 33 weeks today. I've gained 22 lbs and am feeling good although tired a lot and the nausea from the first trimester has been coming back in waves. I can relate to women saying they feel really heavy and it's hard to move around and get up and down. Excercise at the gym has been incredibly uplifting both in my mood and how I feel. I am for 30-40 mins on the treadmill, switching from jogging to walking briskly at an incline and feel my best after a good sweat. I also do light weight training designed for preggo women. I am preparing myself for this marathon called childbirth! This is my second baby and I've really learned a lot on what to do and not to do this time around and although it's not a cakewalk by any means, this pregnancy feels better on my body over all And I'm excited to meet baby boy #2

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Mymy Feb 7, 2017 06:22:33 PM ET

I'm 33 weeks pregnant ...Baby isn't that active ..Is that a Concern?

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