You are now 33 weeks pregnant (or in your 34th week if that is how you count it)
How your baby is growing
The growth spurt continues: by the end of this week your baby can measure as much as 17 inches long from head to toe. Right now, he is probably head down in your womb – most baby’s are at this point – though he may continue to shift location. His skeleton his hardening but the skull bones haven’t fused together fully. This allows them to overlap and makes it easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal. Your amniotic fluid maxes out at around this time. You might feel the movements and kicks to be sharper as there is lesser space to manoeuvre. With the uterine walls becoming thinner, your baby can now differentiate between day and night. He is acting more like a baby now, closing his eyes while sleeping and opening them while awake. Read more information about your baby’s growth this week.
How your life is changing
You might notice that your toes, fingers, face, and ankles have become slightly swollen. This water retention (known as oedema) is worse in summer and later during the day. Contrary to what you may think, drinking more water helps – so drink up! However, if the swelling becomes severe and you start getting headaches, consult your doctor immediately. These could be signs of preeclampsia.
If you feel that your nails are growing faster than usual, don’t worry. This happens due to pregnancy hormones and is quite common. However, if you feel that they have become brittle, you need to increase biotin in your diet. Eat more bananas, nuts, avocados and whole grains.
The biggest news this week is that your baby’s immune system is now active. Antibodies are passed from your system to his as he prepares for his life outside the womb. The immune system will help your baby fight off germs and infections once he is in the real world.