What happens during the 33rd week of pregnancy?
- It’s thirsty work: Not just for you, but also for your baby, who drinks down a pint of amniotic fluid each day.
- Putting defenses up: Your little one is absorbing antibodies from your body as the immune system develops, helping to fend off germs after birth.
- Spidey senses: Right now, billions of newly grown neurons are helping your baby to develop all five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
What does a baby look like at 33 weeks?
Your baby is now about 19 inches in length, 4.5 lbs, and about the size of a head of celery. They’re building fat, and that sweet face is looking smooth and less translucent. They won’t grow much more in length before birth but will steadily gain about half a pound each week.
Baby movements at 33 weeks
Your baby is getting pretty snug in the womb. They’re starting to become a bit too cozy in there to be doing a lot of position changes. But your cutie will still be kicking, sometimes pretty strong! A future soccer or karate star?
33 weeks: baby position
Between weeks 33 and 36, your baby should be making their way to the ideal birth position: head down resting by the cervix, with their face looking toward your back. You may be able to feel their head low in your belly and their kicks up by your rib cage. Unsure how your baby is positioned? Don’t worry, your doctor will be monitoring their position up until birth and has options for repositioning your baby if necessary.
Contractions at 33 weeks
Braxton Hicks contractions will continue throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. Often called “false labor,” these irregular contractions can last from 15 seconds to two minutes.
Concerned that your contractions could be signs of labor at 33 weeks? Real labor contractions are strong, come every 10 minutes or more, and intensify over time. You may also feel pelvic pressure, experience vaginal bleeding or spotting, and leak fluid from the vagina (which could indicate that your water broke). Labor prior to 37 weeks is considered premature labor. If you have these signs, try to stay calm and contact your doctor.