33 Weeks Pregnant
At 33 weeks pregnant, your weight gain may increase. Don’t try to cut back, just make sure you have a balanced diet – your baby’s growth spurt will last the rest of your pregnancy, so you will need extra calories for energy.
Now that you are in week 33 of your pregnancy, your baby may have moved into a head-first position, known as cephalic presentation. Not all babies do just yet however, so don’t worry – up to one-third will still do so by week 36. If your baby is in a breech position, i.e. with their bottom or feet facing downwards in the uterus, your midwife or doctor will monitor you in the coming weeks.
You’ve got a million things to think about and prepare for before your baby arrives, from cots and buggies to nappies and vests – but have you thought about your birth preferences? Birth preferences can help you have the best possible birth and, while it is not a contract or guarantee that everything will happen perfectly, eumom pregnancy & birth expert Tracy Donegan finds them a flexible communication tool.
Have you considered hypnobirthing?
The idea of giving birth is both exciting and intimidating for moms-to-be, especially those who are nearing their due date. For some women, this can cause severe anxiety or even panic. While there is no way around the issue, there are methods that can be used to calm fears and relax, reduce the need for medical intervention, and make the whole experience of labour less stressful – one such option is hypnobirthing, which many moms find successful. Hypnosis has long been used to eliminate fear and pain – so using it during labour makes perfect sense.
Have you suddenly started to feel down, but don’t know why? Pregnancy is a time of change, not just physically but also emotionally, which is why your emotional health needs looking after too. Depression during pregnancy is very common, especially in the third trimester and is thought to affect around one in 10 women. Speak to your midwife or doctor if things are getting too much and you don’t think you can cope – you are not alone.