Your physical changes this week
If you normally wear contact lenses, you may be finding them irritating now. Fluid retention and changes to the shape of your eye will mean they don’t fit as comfortably as they used to. Many women revert to wearing glasses until after their baby is born and their eyes return to normal. Avoid getting a new prescription for glasses or contacts at this stage of your pregnancy. Your eyes are going through a transitional stage and an assessment of your vision now will not give an accurate reflection of your sight.
Heartburn, your old friend, can make its presence felt again right now. The baby is pushing your stomach and intestines up and out of their normal positions. This means you don’t have the luxury of being able to digest your meals comfortably. Spicy, hot, large meals are the worst culprits so avoid temptation and go for what you know is safe. Check with your provider about antacids that can be used in pregnancy.
More Braxton Hick's contractions at 33 weeks of pregnancy. These painless uterine contractions are nature's way of providing a practice session for the real thing. They will also help to create a surge of oxygenated blood to the placenta. Unless they are accompanied by pain, become regular, or you are losing fluid from your vagina, don’t be concerned. A simple change of position or warm shower can often resolve them.
Your emotional changes this week
If you're experiencing insomnia this won’t help your mood swings. Try to stick with a regular bedtime and pre-bed ritual so your body knows it’s winding down for the day. Avoid drinking caffeine or eating chocolate in the afternoons and evenings and don’t exercise past 4pm. If you’re still working, aim for a simple home life where you don’t place too many demands upon yourself.
Your baby's changes this week
The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby is peaking in volume around now. There is about 2 cups of fluid, creating a warm, sterile bath for your baby. The amount of amniotic fluid is a sign of how well your baby's kidneys are working. They should be producing around 1 cup a day at this stage of pregnancy.
Hint for the week
Develop an awareness of your baby's cycles of activity and rest. If there are changes, you are the best person to know what is normal in terms of your baby's movements. Space has become tight in your uterus so there is probably less of the tumbling and turning going that was so frequent earlier in your pregnancy. Kicks from strong feet, feeling an elbow high in your ribs, or a sharp boot into your bladder will all become part of the every day. Take some time to enjoy your baby's movements. As hard as it may be to understand now, many women say they miss the sensation of having their baby moving around inside them after baby is born.
Week 34 follows.
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The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.