The child

The child

Your baby now measures about 15.7 inches (40 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 4.4 pounds (1.98 kg) at the start of the week—and about 4.7 pounds (2.15 kg) at the end of the week.

The baby continues to develop reserves of body fat and the amount of amniotic fluid is no longer increasing but remains constant. The brain is growing rapidly, and the head is increasing in size. Your baby can now perceive light and darkness and tell, for example, whether it’s day or night.

Your baby continues to move and mothers-to-be should feel baby’s movements several times a day.

Pregnancy Week 33 Baby Beige
Mother

Mother

If your baby is in the right birth position, things will start to feel considerably more pleasant for you—you’ll find it easier to breathe, and any digestion problems you’ve had could disappear now. You can feel more downward pressure and a prodding or tingling feeling in your pelvis that some women describe as tiny electric shocks. This is completely harmless. Your activities affect your baby—your baby can feel when you eat, sit down, lie down or walk. She is also affected by sounds from outside.

It’s a good idea rest a little every day. The more relaxed you are during and between your contractions, the more efficiently your uterus will work. Now is a good time to start practicing relaxation!

Pregnancy Week 33 mom Beige
Partner

Partner

You’re probably focusing and thinking about the birth quite a bit now. That’s a good, natural reaction because you have quite a momentous event to look forward to.

Remember to think about your life after the birth. Talk and read books together and continue to prepare yourselves for life after your baby’s been born. Try to imagine your lives with a tiny newborn. What do you think it will be like? What are you looking forward to? Are you concerned or worried about anything?

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