Week Thirty-three of Your Pregnancy

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Week 33 Info

WEEK 33

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds "like a pineapple" and has passed the 17 inch mark. Although his bones are hardening, the bones in his skull aren't fused together. This allows them to move and slightly overlap during the birthing process making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. This is where many baby's get their "conehead" appearance at birth.

As your baby fills out even more of your belly, you may find yourself truly waddling. It may be difficult to find a comfortable position in any situation and you may be feeling clumsy.

You may also be feeling some achiness or even numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands, especially at night. Like many other areas of your body, your wrists may be retaining fluid. This can increase the pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this tunnel may end up pinched, creating numbness, tingling, shooting or burning pain, or a dull ache. Try wearing wrist splints that can be purchased at a local pharmacy or medical supply store or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movement, like using a keyboard, remember to stretch your hands and take frequent breaks.

You will be gaining about a pound a week now. While mild swelling is normal, be sure to watch out for any sudden "over the course of two to three days", especially in your face. If you do experience sudden swelling, be sure to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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