You at 33 weeks pregnant
As well as feeling more excited as the birth approaches, you might also have more swelling, aches and pains, heartburn and reflux. You might be feeling more tired and urinating more often.
Rest whenever you can, and ask for or accept help whenever people offer it.
Signs of labour
Here are some signs of labour, which might start soon:
- a show
- your waters breaking in a slow leak or a big gush – phone the hospital or let your obstetrician or midwife know
- more pressure as your baby’s head shifts lower in your uterus and into the pelvis
- more Braxton Hicks contractions
- cramping in your lower pelvis, a bit like period pain.
You’ll know you’re in labour when you feel contractions that last for a minute each, coming at regular intervals (about five minutes apart).
If you experience any of these signs or you think labour has started, call the hospital, your midwife or doctor straight away. If it’s before 37 weeks, you might be in premature labour. Some premature labours can be stopped or delayed.
Your baby when you’re 33 weeks pregnant
This is what your baby is doing:
- Your baby is about 29 cm from head to bottom, and weighs about 1.9 kg.
- Your baby is practising sucking and swallowing. These reflexes won’t be fully coordinated until about the end of 34 weeks pregnant.
- Your baby’s liver is storing iron. These iron stores will help your baby until 4-6 months after birth.
- Your baby’s lungs are maturing, producing lots of surfactant to help your baby breathe after birth.
- Babies born now have a very good chance of survival, but are still premature. They’ll need to be looked after in a neonatal intensive care unit or special care nursery.
If you notice a change in your baby’s movements at any stage, call your midwife, doctor or your hospital immediately.