You are now 33 weeks pregnant (or in your 34th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
The growth spurt continues: by the end of this week your baby could measure as much as 43.7cm/17.2in long from top to toe. By now, she’s probably head down in your uterus — most babies are at this point — though she may continue to change position. Her skull bones are still pliable and aren’t completely joined, making it easier to exit from the birth canal. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.
How your life’s changing
You may notice that your feet, hands, face, and ankles have become a bit swollen. This water retention ( is often worse in warm weather and later in the day. Surprisingly, drinking more water, not less, will help — so drink up! But if the swelling’s severe, and you start to have headaches, call your midwife or doctor immediately, because these are sometimes symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
Make life easier for yourself. Stock up on basics — everything from tuna to tights — before shopping becomes too much of a chore. Cook up extra portions to freeze as ready meals for the early weeks — a godsend when you’re breastfeeding. Make a list of important numbers — your midwife, doctor and the labour and delivery unit — and put it by the phone. If your partner’s difficult to get hold of, make sure he has a pager or a cell phone. What about your pets and older children? Sort out care for them and you’ll be more relaxed when the time comes.
Financial worries can mar your enjoyment of pregnancy and maternity leave. Work out if you’re budgeting enough for your baby. Have you looked into how much childcare may cost when you go back to work? There may be benefits and tax credits which you can apply for to help you manage — find out more.
Pregnancy tip: Bored with pregnancy? Try this!
“Every time I start to get bored with being pregnant, I lie down and rub my belly. Sure enough, my baby starts to kick, and I think about how wonderful it will be when I’m able to hold him.” — Barbara