Stages of Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy Week 33
Your baby is entering his "finishing period" in week 33--find out what this means for his development. Also learn what you can do now to prepare for your new arrival including developing a parenting plan, collecting your secret parenting weapons, and buying baby clothes.
Watch Your Baby's Growth
Your baby now weighs about three pounds, roughly the size of a melon. Get the scoop on how much more she'll grow before she's born--and what new developments she's making right now.
Your Changing Body
Not all contractions mean that you're going to deliver soon, which at this point should have you breathing a sigh of relief! Just like your unborn baby's body takes time to develop and mature before he's ready for his birth, your body readies itself for labor by practicing. These beginner and sporadic contractions are called Braxton Hicks contractions.
Your Developing Baby
Your baby doesn't have much elbow room these days -- and, happily, that's probably going to mean fewer elbow jabs to the ribs for you. Because space in your uterus is running out, your baby becomes less active now.
Tip of the Week
Nervous about working right up until your due date? Propose working from home a day or two during the last few weeks prior to taking off. It will help you ease into your leave without eating into your actual sanctioned time off.
Your Week 33 To-Do List
1. Read about newborn care.
An Inside Look
Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.
Your Pregnancy Calendar
Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!