Your Pregnancy at Week 33by Your Baby Club
Baby is beginning to close their eyes to sleep!
your baby this week:
Now that the uterine wall is thinning, your little one is getting a greater idea of what day and night is and is beginning to close their eyes to sleep and open their eyes when they’re awake. As much as it might not seem it when they’re with you in the world, your little one does now understand sleep!
Have you started to worry about how this growing baby is able to come through such a small exit? Luckily, your baby's head is nice and squishy to allow it to navigate its way into the world. Because a baby's skull is not yet formed solid, it has 4 separate plates which can move and overlap to make it possible for their heads to squeeze through the birth canal.
Some babies are born with a cone-shaped head where it elongates towards the back of the head, but don’t worry, it won't stay like that. The bones will soon relax back into a normal skull-shaped curve within a week or so and takes 9-19 months for their skull to fully form - so watch out for that 'soft spot' at the top until then.
Another great thing about your baby at this point, is that they now have their very own immune system. This will of course, be an extremely important and beneficial development for your baby once they enter the real world.
Tired? We’ll bet! You are likely still at work but do try to rest when you can - especially if you are struggling to sleep at night. Are you able to alter your working hours a little to go in later? A lay-in may make all the difference!
As your tummy gets bigger and bigger, you may be noticing increased back ache. This is a normal complaint in the late stages of pregnancy, even throughout the whole 9 months. However, you may want to consider pregnancy Pilates or aqua-natal classes, as both activities can ease your discomfort. Get your GP to refer to you a physiotherapist if you are really suffering.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it only takes five minutes per day during the final weeks of pregnancy to prevent trauma and tearing to your perineal tissues during childbirth, and to decrease your chances of an episiotomy. How? By doing perineal massages.
A perineal massage entails gentle, manual stretching of the perineal tissues lining the birth canal. Perineal tears and episiotomies (which require stiches) are painful to recover from and may leave scarring. They may also cause you to battle urinary and fecal incontinence for many years! When you look at it that way, maybe you should give perineal massages a try. If you're uncomfortable doing this yourself, ask your partner for help. Any comfortable position will do, just make sure hands are washed and fingernails are nice and short, before getting started.
By week 33, you may hear little whispers behind your back, saying, "she's nesting!" If you're suddenly determined to take every item out of your kitchen cabinets to clean and disinfect all surfaces, or reorganizing closet spaces, this is totally normal. And yes, it's nesting. This impulsive need to pack away unused items and clean the world is your maternal instincts taking over and driving you to create a clean, safe, organized place for your baby. You are powerless to resist this.
If you are starting to feel this drive - this need to prepare - use that gorgeous energy to pack your hospital bag! There's no need to get carried away, you aren't moving into the hospital. You're just popping by for a quick visit. If you want a birthing ball or another type of birthing prop, call the hospital and ask if they have those items on hand and available for you. If they don't, you'll need to add it to your packing list.
The items you should pack in your overnight hospital bag include insurance info and identification, hair ties, toiletries, Chapstick, music, camera/cellphone, cellphone charger, a item that brings you a sense of calm (like a blanket, photo, pillow, gemstone, talisman, etc.), comfortable socks and nursing bra, one set of comfortable pajamas or maternity yoga pants and a light top (you can always opt to wear the hospital's gown), nursing pillow, clothes to wear home (for both you and your little one!), lanolin, baby cap and mittens, car seat, and a baby blanket. The hospital will have disposable undies and pads. Believe us when we say you will love their undies. Ask for a few extra to take home with you. Trust us. You'll be so happy!
Don't forget to write in your pregnancy journal this week!
Pregnancy is exhausting, but when you hold that little baby, you'll realize it was all entirely worth it. Here is a list of symptoms you may experience during week 33.
- Outie bellybutton
- Larger feet
- Stretch marks, itchy or dry skin, and/or unwanted hair growth
- Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
- Braxton Hicks
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums
- Frequent nighttime wakings
- Backaches and/or leg cramps
- Crazy dreams
- Fetal activity
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