Does time seem to be standing still? Do you feel that your pregnancy is dragging on? Don’t worry! Most mothers feel the same way at eight month pregnancy. It’s just a matter of a few weeks from now, and you’ll have your little bundle of joy in your arms! But before that, here’s a simple guide to help you understand pregnancy at 33 weeks.
33 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms:
Pregnant women experience the following symptoms at 33 weeks:
- Shortness of breath
- Sleeplessness and increasing discomfort when sleeping
- Numbness in the fingers and hands
- Weight gain
- Edema or water retention
- Occasional tightening of the uterus (also called Braxton Hicks)
- Overactive bladder
- Increased fetal movement
- Belly button pops out
- General clumsiness
33 Weeks Pregnant – Changes In Your Body:
From frequent visits to the washroom to discomfort when sleeping, an expecting mom’s body experiences a wide range of emotions. Here’s a list of changes that your body would undergo at 33 weeks pregnancy:
- Insomnia or sleeplessness is a common problem during pregnancy, but the problem is even more pronounced during the third trimester. Hormonal changes, anxiety over the impending birth, frequent urination, indigestion, leg cramps and the increasing discomfort of carrying a huge tummy are probable reasons. Set a bedtime routine to help you sleep better – take a warm bath, drink a glass of milk, or listen to soothing music. Do not eat or drink just before you sleep to avoid heartburn and discomfort. But if you feel hungry, eat a light snack. Try and avoid coffee, tea and other caffeine-rich beverages as they could keep you awake at night.
- Do your nails grow faster than usual? Does your hair feel thicker than usual? These changes are caused by estrogen- a pregnancy hormone that helps in the development of your baby. During pregnancy, estrogen is released from the fetal-placental unit and the ovaries. These hormones help your baby develop vital organs like liver, kidney, etc. and even prepare you for lactation. Estrogen is also responsible for the mood swings common in the third trimester.
- You may feel a tingling sensation in your fingers or find your hands and wrist become numb often during pregnancy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common among women in their third trimester. Swelling and fluid retention increases pressure on the median nerve causing numbness to the fingers and hands. Try using a splint or keep your arm propped on a pillow when sleeping to avoid the feeling of numbness in your fingers and hands.
- At 33 weeks, your uterus keeps on expanding pushing your abdomen causing your navel to pop inside out. This is normal, and there’s nothing much that you can do. But don’t worry, because your belly button will get back to its normal position automatically after delivery.
- Don’t worry if you keep forgetting things because that’s nature’s way of preparing you for motherhood. The part of the brain that deals with emotional skills shows increased activity among expecting mothers to help them connect with their children. Amidst all the excitement and planning, a pregnant mom’s ability to focus on things diminishes. But this is just a temporary phase; things will get back to normal a few months after delivery. The only way to tackle this is to stay calm and stop being hard on yourself. Make a note of important things on a notepad and leave them in places where they are easy to see. Set a reminder on your phone or laptop. And most importantly, slow down on your work and personal commitments. Get friends and family to help you remember things.
- The third trimester is also the time when you feel like the proverbial bull in a china shop. A burgeoning tummy often throws you off balance. Do you drop things often or are afraid of tripping over when walking? Lack of sleep and constant fatigue contribute to your clumsiness. There’s nothing you can do except remain extra cautious. If you drop things, have a laugh and get on with the job at hand.
- A continuously expanding tummy is pushing all your internal organs including the lungs. Simple activities like climbing the stairs or walking become a chore. Luckily, there’s nothing much to worry. Breathlessness is a common symptom and does not harm your baby in any way. The next time you feel short of breath, remember to stand up as straight as you can. This gives more space to the lungs allow you to breathe easily.
- Braxton Hicks or false pain is common from the 8thmonth onwards. The uterus sometimes contracts leading you to believe that you are in labor. Sometimes, these contractions are painful and sometimes there’s no pain at all. But unlike actual labor, the cervix does not dilate, and contractions do not grow stronger. False labor subsides after a while or after you start/stop an activity. But if the pain increases in intensity or prolongs, it is best to call your doctor to rule out preterm labor.
- Stomach pains are also common at 33rd week of pregnancy. The ligaments supporting your uterus are continually stretched to accommodate an expanding uterus. This causes pain on both sides of your lower abdomen. Pain in and around the abdomen isn’t a cause to worry unless it follows fever or bleeding. There’s nothing much that you can do about it except change to a comfortable position.
[ Read: Symptoms Of False Labor ]