So you have made it to your last trimester and you may begin to feel anxious about delivering and meeting your new little one, especially since you only have seven more weeks to go. You may also wonder what he looks like, how much he weighs, how long he is and whether or not he has hair. All of these thoughts are normal and a natural part of pregnancy for many mothers.
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By your last trimester you and your baby have undergone many changes throughout your pregnancy. By week 33, you should have gained around 22 to 28 pounds if you were within a normal weight range when you conceived. Even though you still have seven more weeks of pregnancy, assuming you deliver on time, you should not gain much more weight. The majority of the weight gain you have experienced has been the amniotic fluid, increased blood flow and water retention and the weight of your baby.
Once your pregnancy reaches week 33, your baby can weigh anywhere from four and a half pounds to five pounds, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Every pregnancy is different and each baby grows differently so your baby can weigh more or less than the average 33-week-old fetus. From this point forward, your baby will continue to gain weight until she is born and may weigh up to eight pounds or more at birth. Your baby is also around 18 inches in length during this time, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
At this point in your pregnancy all of your baby's organs have formed and will continue to develop for the duration of your pregnancy. His bones are beginning to harden, except for his skull, according to the American Pregnancy Association; the skull still needs to be flexible so that he can easily pass through your vaginal canal. Even though he is quickly running out of room in your womb, he will still kick and attempt to stretch out. His skin is becoming less wrinkled and red while he prepares himself for birth.
This late in your pregnancy, you may experience horrible swelling especially in your hands, legs and feet. Keep your feet and legs elevated to help reduce swelling and ask your partner for additional help around the house to help you stay off your feet. You are probably experiencing frequent urination which can be a nuisance so be aware of restrooms when visiting restaurants and shopping centers.
Around your 33rd week of pregnancy, you may begin to leak amniotic fluids, according to the American Pregnancy Association, but the fluid that you may leak could just be urine. It is common for women to be unsure of which fluid they are leaking, according to the American Pregnancy Association. If you believe your amniotic sac has ruptured or is leaking, see your obstetrician right away. If the fluid has a foul odor or is any color other than clear, your health care provider should check this immediately as it could indicate a possible infection.