Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 33

You are now well into the third trimester and the thirty third week of your pregnancy, and the pregnancy symptoms you will experience now will be quite different from before. Your health care provider will require seeing you more frequently than usual. This will be the case, especially if you have been diagnosed with complications or high risk pregnancy. Keep taking good care of your diet and exercise, which is vital both for you and your little one.

Your body
As your baby is occupying more and more space in your belly, you will start to experience more intense changes in your activities and emotions. Earlier in your pregnancy, you would have been able to walk casually; whereas now, you may see that you are wobbling. It is becoming even more challenging for you to sit in a comfortable position now, let alone sleeping, and you would probably be bumping into counters and chairs due to the change in your center of gravity.

Some of the most common symptoms you would start feeling during this stage of your pregnancy are numbness or achiness in your hands, wrists, and fingers, which is often referred to as the carpal tunnel syndrome. This is caused because of the pressure experienced by the carpal tunnel due to the fluid retained in your wrist. As a result, the nerves inside the tunnel get cramped, which creates numbness, ache, burning pain, shooting, or tingling. You can try using a brace or splint to stabilize the position of your wrist and remember not to sleep on your hands. 

By 33 weeks of your pregnancy, you would have gained about 26 or 27 pounds, and it is during this phase when most pregnant women tend to put on pounds rapidly than the previous weeks. The two main reasons for this are the retention of additional water in your body and the rapid growth of your baby, as most babies tend to gain between 5 and 9 ounces every following week from now.

It is now time for you to think about building stamina and flexibility for the birth of your baby, and the best way to practice this is through yoga. Even if you have not started doing yoga yet, it is never too late. However, if this is going to be your first time, take it easy with your moves. 

Some of you may find it harder to have large meals at once like before. In that case, you can eat less, but in frequent intervals. Always make sure that the iron content in your body does not get down. Take foods that are enriched with iron, such as cereals, dark green vegetables, whole wheat bread, dried apricots, etc. 

Your baby
This week, your baby would measure a little more than 17 inches and would weigh around 4 pounds. As your pregnancy progresses week after week, your baby is on her way to reach her birth length and weight. When you give birth, you can expect your little bundle of joy to be more than 20 inches in length and weigh up to eight pounds. 

Your baby’s brain is still growing in size and maturing. The auditory cortex, the area in the brain, which is responsible for sensing sound, is now beginning to function in your baby’s brain, along with other parts like visual cortex – the area which is responsible for processing visuals, broca’s area – which is responsible for the processing of language and speech.

Some babies may now start to settle in a certain position and many would probably be in a head down (cephalic) position by now. However, if your baby has not changed position yet, there is still time, so do not worry! In such cases, you may consult your doctor or health care provider to teach you exercises which can help your baby switch her position.

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