Pregnancy Week 33

Hormonal & Physical Changes At 33 Weeks Pregnant

Is heartburn holding you back?

Although your baby will be asleep for a lot of the time, when they’re awake their eyes will be open and they’ll be capable of pulling lots of different facial expressions. They can now move around, suck their thumb and grab at their feet.


Your baby’s developmentBaby as big as a cauliflower

Baby as big as a cauliflower
LENGTH 44 cm
WEIGHT 1.85 kg

Your baby’s development

By 33 weeks, your baby will weigh around 1.85kg and measure about 44cm in length. However, by now there’s a wide variation in the size and weight of pre-term babies.

Your baby can listen, feel and even see. Your baby’s eyes can detect light, while their pupils constrict and dilate in response.

At week 33, your baby’s immune system is getting stronger. By the time they are born, two-thirds of their immune system will be located in their gastrointestinal tract. Your baby’s skin will also be getting thicker and a lot less wrinkled.

Your Body

As you and your baby grow in size, you’ll need more energy. However many pregnant women experience acidity, heartburn and indigestion. This happens because of hormonal and physical changes. In fact, by now your stomach has got smaller, because your baby is taking up more room. If you are suffering from acidity, heartburn or indigestion, try cutting out:

  • Rich, spicy, fatty foods
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Coffee

Small, frequent meals can keep you going throughout the day. Make sure you eat slowly and chew your food well. Try treating yourself to some of these healthy snacks:

  • Add fruit pieces or cereal to your yoghurt
  • Tear pita bread into strips and dip in salsa
  • Keep small bags of dried fruits and unsalted nuts in your handbag in case of emergencies
  • Make a snack pack with a small tin of salmon, some crackers and relish

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Please note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.

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