33 Weeks Pregnant

    33 Weeks Pregnant

    Learn what your baby’s doing today to prepare for fighting off all those germs he’ll encounter once he’s born.

    Mom's Tip of the Week

    Did you know...?

    At 33 weeks pregnant, you need extra protein. During pregnancy, you need 71 grams of protein per day—that’s 25 grams more than you needed before you conceived. Some experts even recommend an additional 10 grams during your last trimester. Protein is good for cell growth, blood production, and energy. Some good sources: egg whites, fish, lean meat, and tofu.

    Your Baby at 33 Weeks Pregnant

    What's Happening in There

    • Your baby weighs about 4 ½ pounds when you’re 33 weeks pregnant, and he measures up to 19 inches in length.
    • He's running out of room. The amniotic fluid in your uterus is at full capacity, so as he grows and the fluid level drops, you might feel your baby’s kicks more firmly. There’s just not as much cushion in there anymore.
    • He's shoring up his immune system. Your little one is absorbing antibodies from your body as his immune system develops. This will help him fend off germs after birth.
    • He's getting ready for this first cry. Your baby’s lungs continue to mature in anticipation of his first breath.
    • He's adding more baby fat. It will provide him with protection and warmth.

    Baby Brain Waves

    Your Baby’s Brain Is Developing

    Your baby’s brain is in overdrive. In fact, your baby at 33 weeks will add an extra half inch to his head circumference to accommodate his growing brain! Billions of neurons are at work so your baby can learn about his surroundings—your uterus—through his developing senses: touch, feel, taste, smell, and hear.

    Pregnancy Health

    Real Issues, Real Solutions

    The issue: Lots of new moms get anxious and tongue-tied when visiting the doctor or hospital.

    The solution: Use this guide to help you through those important conversations.

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