Week 33 of Your Pregnancy

October 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Week 33 of Pregnancy

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

8 Month Pregnant baby in the wombThe top of your uterus is now about 5 ¼ inches above your belly button. Your weight gain on average is between 22 and 28 pounds.

You may begin to feel awkward and clumsy as you get bigger. You are not used to your size and center of gravity.

You may still be feeling short of breath as your baby puts pressure on your lungs and diaphragm. At some point soon you may feel your baby drop deeper into your pelvis, getting read for delivery. This is called lightening. It may help take pressure off of your lungs and upper abdomen, but it will increase the pressure on your bladder, hips and pelvis.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is about 15 ½ to 18 ½ inches long and weighs about 4 ½ pounds.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 33 Weeks?  -  Video

Here is a great video of a baby in the womb at 33 weeks or 8 months..(31Weeks since conception)
Click here to watch a short video

How is Your Baby Developing?

Week33FetusYour baby’s eyes are well developed now and its pupils can dilate and contract in response to light.

Your baby is responding to sounds. The music a baby is exposed to can alter its mood. Fast music may excite your baby while natural sounds and the human voice, classical or choral music have a calming and sedating effect.

If your baby hears a piece of music repeatedly it may remember it and possibly even move in time to it. If your baby has been exposed repeatedly to certain music while in the womb, they may become relaxed and alert and stop crying if the same music is played for them after birth.

Your baby is already thinking, learning and remembering. Its brain will continue to grow rapidly, especially through its first year of life.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Be sure to do your Kegel exercised. This will tone the muscles in your pelvic floor to help support your uterus, bladder and bowel. A toned pelvis can help prevent urine leakage and hemorrhoids. It can also help during labor and after delivery.

You are targeting the muscles around your vagina and anus. If you are not sure which muscles to tighten, try stopping the flow of urine while you’re going to the bathroom. If you succeed in stopping the urine flow, you are tightening the correct muscles. Once you have identified these muscles, discontinue practicing while you are urinating. This can lead to urinary problems.

Now you want to tense your pelvic floor muscles regularly. Try to firmly tense the muscles for 5 seconds at a time. Do 4 or 5 repetitions. Work yourself up to holding the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time. Relax for 10 seconds in between and do several sets throughout the day. Keep the muscles in your belly, thighs and buttocks loose while you tighten your pelvic floor muscles.

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