It is a well-known fact that during the entire period of pregnancy the little one is gaining weight, and this also happens during pregnancy week 33.
How is the baby developing during the 33rd week of pregnancy?
It is good to know that the amount of amniotic fluid is at its peak during this week. As the baby gets larger the amount will decease to make space for the little one.
In this week the brain of the baby makes great developments. Since the brain is developing at such a fast pace, the head of the little one increases in size with 2/8 of an inch to make space for the brain. Although until now the skin of the baby has been quite translucent, now it begins to get a pink color because there is baby fat added.
How about the mother?
It is no surprise if you realize during pregnancy week 33 that up to this point you have gained about 28 pounds or even more. Also you have to prepare for the fact that the majority of women gain weight faster during the final trimester because the baby also grows more rapidly. Starting with this week the babies gain 5-9 ounces on a weekly basis.
What changes occur?
It is no surprise that during pregnancy week 33 the majority of women are more than excited about meeting their baby for the first time. This might be the perfect moment to pre-register into a hospital if the hospital’s policy allows it. This way you won’t have to be filling out forms while being in labor.
During this week it is common for women to experience mild edema or swelling. The bad news is that it won’t go away in the following weeks. A lot of women say that the symptoms are worse in high temperatures. Another symptom that you could experience during the 33rd week of pregnancy is bloating. To avoid these you should make sure that you drink a lot of water and other fluids to stay hydrated.
Another thing that you could experience during this week is numbness and tingling in your fingers and wrist. This is even more accentuated in case of those women who type a lot. Swelling could also occur in the wrists. You could ask your caregiver during pregnancy week 33 whether wearing a brace would make the symptoms better.