33 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is the size of a pineapple and has more than likely moved into the head down position, preparing for birth.

33 weeks pregnant

While every baby is different, the average baby will weigh in at a little over 4 pounds and is more than 17 inches long this week.

33 Weeks Pregnant

If your baby is in the head down position, he or she will move down into your pelvis anytime between now and the next 6 weeks. This prepares your baby for birth but it also allows blood to flow into their developing brain.

His or her immune system and lungs are still in the process of maturing, so, if born now, your baby would have an excellent chance of survival but would need extra support.

Your baby’s bones have been hardening for the last several weeks. However, the bones in the skull haven’t fused together yet. This allows those bones to overlap, thus making it easier for your baby to squeeze through the birth canal. Those bones will not completely fuse until they are much older, allowing for the brain and other tissues to grow.

How You Are Changing

No doubt you are experiencing all types of aches and pains right now. It may be hard to find a comfortable position when sitting and lying down.

Some pregnant women get achiness, even numbness in their fingers. The tissues in their wrists retain fluid and press on the carpal tunnel. It may be necessary to wear a splint on your wrist or prop it up when sitting down.

You may be having Braxton Hicks contractions, your body’s way of preparing for childbirth. These contractions are often good reminders for making sure you and your partner have all the things ready for your baby’s arrival.