33 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

33 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

SEVEN WEEKS LEFT, Y’ALL. You’re 33 weeks pregnant and your baby is the size of a head of cauliflower! You can do this. Yes, you can! Have you noticed that time is seeming to slow down quite a bit?

33 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

If you haven’t done so, start planning to optimize your likelihood of success with breastfeeding. Ordering a breast pump that is covered under your insurance is easier than you think.This is a very helpful, free service that can help you figure out which pumps are covered and get it to your doorstep without any hassle. Support for breastfeeding can be found at your hospital, immediately after delivery, with supportive lactation consultants. Your pediatrician’s office may also have one on staff for after-hospital assistance and your Ob/Gyn can refer you for outpatient consultation as well. Breastfeeding may be overwhelming but is very rewarding for you and your baby. Click here to get access to support.

33 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

It’s official. I’m starting to really feel the third trimester scaries… feeling all kinds of big and all kinds of uncomfortable, and I know it’s just the start of the end! B turned 3 last week and we threw him a big birthday party, which was infinitely more exhausting to throw while carrying this belly around! This week, we hosted dinner club, and we opted to make chili since we’re moving a bit slower over here. It went great, but momma is TIRED! We’re recovering from the fun and excitement this week, but I’m not going to lie, I feel like the recovery time necessary for this is much longer pregnant then un-pregnant.

Dinner club was on Sunday night, and I woke up on Monday morning to some pretty uncomfortable contractions. My doctor had me come in to get checked out and it turns out that I’m dealing with prodromal labor again – consistent and timeable contractions that do not cause cervical change, or false labor. I had prodromal labor with B for 10 days and I’m hoping that this doesn’t go on until baby comes!

On a funnier note… I parked my car this week and came out to find the car next to me parked unnaturally close to my driver’s side… My belly is now so round that I couldn’t open the door far enough to get into the car! I legitimately had to enter the vehicle through the passenger’s side and climb/roll/grunt over to the drivers side. I’m 99% positive that some woman who had once been pregnant got a good kick out of watching me crawl through my own, personal birth canal that day!

What are you feeling?

Bumping Into Everything

The bump is  getting bigger and bigger and I’m finding myself bumping into things as I’m not necessarily used to being this… large. Squeezing between chairs at a restaurant and navigating a crowded grocery store now looks a lot different than it once did!

Cramping / Contractions

Feeling some increased cramping? Those irregular cramps are Braxton Hicks Contractions [or practice contractions]. Remember, if those contractions seem to be consistent and time-able, call your doctor immediately. It’s best to get checked out, like I was this week, to make sure you’re not in preterm labor!

Swelling

Now that you’re well into the third trimester, you may find that you’re experiencing one of the most common symptoms that women experience in the third trimester – swelling. You may find that your feet have a hard time fitting into your shoes and that your wedding ring may not fit your fingers anymore. This is definitely normal, but not very comfortable! Try and soak your feet in an ice bath, try to keep them up as much as possible, and drink more water!

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Lactation Consultant

Now’s the time to start considering what life will be like once baby is here! The biggest concern you’ll have once your little one arrives is how that baby of yours get their food! If you’re planning on breastfeeding, it’s best to approach the entire experience much like childbirth – your best-laid plans are incredible and planning is important, but make sure that you’re ready for anything, because it may not go the way you’ve planned… and that’s okay.

From baby’s latch to maintaining your supply to figuring out a good schedule for feeding and pumping, breastfeeding comes with quite the learning curve! It’s 100% doable and, with the right support, you can experience an incredible breastfeeding journey.

That’s where a lactation consultant comes into play. A lactation consultant helps provide advice, support and incredible knowledge for all things breastfeeding! Most hospitals have a consultant on staff that will come by your postpartum room to help you get off to a good start, and there are plenty of private consultants out there with offices you can visit and some are even available to come to you! Now that you’re in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, now is the time to start researching lactation consultants in your area so that you have a good one on hand if you need one!

How to Survive this week:

Try to take some time to allow yourself to rest a little bit each day. You’re at the end of your pregnancy, so fight for your right to rest… I know, easier said than done! Your body – and your sanity – needs it! You’ll be meeting that precious baby soon!

2nd trimester resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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