By 33 weeks your baby weighs close to 4 pounds and now measures 17 inches. Your baby continues to pack on the weight in these last few weeks of pregnancy. Because she is developing fat deposits under her skin, her skin is changing to a pinkish color. During this week the amniotic fluid that is around your baby will reach it’s highest level and then decrease as your baby grows larger.
As her skeleton is hardening she’s losing her wrinkled look. Because her bones in her skull are not fused together yet, they are able to shift and even slightly overlap when she is squeezing herself through the birth canal. These bones do not fully come together until early adulthood because they grow as her bones and tissues expand during childhood. During the birth there is a lot of pressure on the baby’s head making it into a cone like shape.
Because your baby is taking up more room in your belly a few things may start to change. You may suddenly start to feel pains or numbness in your fingers, hand and wrist. The reason for this is because, just like the tissues in the rest of your body, these are also able to retain fluid which increases the pressure on the carpal tunnel. When this happens the nerves that run through it end up being pinched, causing tingling, shooting pain or numbness. A good idea is to keep it stiff by splinting it and keeping it elevated at night.
You may also see mild swelling which is very normal. If it’s sudden swelling be sure to contact your doctor immediately. The hotter the weather the more swelling. Be sure to drink plenty of water and keep hydrated this will help the swelling and keep you comfortable.
In response to the question, “Is it normal to feel my baby hiccuping?” – Edie T. from Texas
Yes. Feeling the baby hiccup is very normal. Your baby may have started hiccuping way before you even felt it back in the first or second trimester. Some women experience them often while others only feel it every so often. Hiccuping is also normal in babies so don’t be alarmed when your baby hiccups occasionally.
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