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You Are 33 Weeks Pregnant

Mar 18, 2010 at 5:32 PM Chime in now

What's New This Week?

12 inches
Height of your baby

4½ pounds
Weight of your baby

Size of your baby

Your Body
By this point in your pregnancy, your uterus is about 5 ¼ inches above your bellybutton—and still on the rise! An irksome pregnancy side effect you might be dealing with right now: leg cramps. The good news is that there are lots of ways to ease them. Try:

    * Exercising. Even a short walk can help!
    * Get off your feet—and when you do have to stand around, shift positions often.
    * Increase your calcium intake through diet (milk, cheese, fro yo!) or a supplement.
    * Elevate your legs a bit when you’re lying down.
    * When a cramp comes on, flex your ankle and toes back toward your shin—it can help relieve the spasm. Or squeeze or massage the affected muscle with your hands.

If you notice any vaginal bleeding around this time, give your doctor a call. Minor bleeding could be a sign of an inflamed cervix, a common problem. Bleeding at this point in pregnancy could also be a sign of a rare condition (it only occurs in 1 out of every 100 pregnancies) called placental abruption, where the placenta pulls away from the uterine wall. In severe cases, it can deprive the baby of nutrients and oxygen. Bleeding is the most common symptom of placental abruption—which is most common in the third trimester—and symptoms may also include stomach pain, frequent contractions, uterine tenderness and low-back pain.

Your Baby
A word you’ll hear come up during checkups right about now: presentation. This refers to how your baby is situated inside your belly. By this week, he may have settled into the position he’ll be born in—either head down, or breech. Less than 5 percent of babies remain breech, with their feet or butt first. If yours is, your doctor might try to manually turn him by pressing on your belly. Babies that don’t flip head down prior to D-day usually need to be delivered via C-section. In the meantime, if your doctor says it’s OK, you can give this exercise a shot—it may encourage your little guy to turn the right way: Lie on your back and prop your butt about a foot off the floor with firm pillows. Stay in this position for 20 minutes, three times a day. It is best done with a (relatively) empty stomach.

Your Life Right Now
Two things worth putting on your to-do list this week: First, call your insurance company and find out what you need to do to add a new family member (wow!) to your plan after the baby is born. He’ll need to be seen by a pediatrician shortly after he arrives and having all the insurance stuff ironed out in advance will save you a lot of hassle at a time when you’re so blissed out and exhausted you can’t think straight (although you usually have a while to add baby to your plan after the birth, too, so don’t worry if you don’t get to this). Second, pre-register at the hospital where you’ll be delivering, if you can. It’s less paperwork to worry about when you show up in the pain and haze of labor.Moms Like Me/ I wish I had known"I know sometimes friends and family will help with meals, but in this day and age that doesn't always happen! I've been coming up with a plan to make some casseroles, lasagna and soups to freeze so we have several healthy options in those first few weeks." --lydnpaulsbebe


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