How Far Along: 33 weeks this week…in a couple days 34. I’m a little late this week. I've got a little less than 7 weeks to go!
Fruit/Object: Baby weighs about as much as a pineapple.
Size: 19 inches long and 4.5 to 5 pounds
Baby changes: This week your baby may be anywhere between 17 to 19 inches in length and weigh more than four and a half pounds. At this stage in fetal development, your baby could grow a full inch more this week alone — especially if he or she has been on the shorter side. Weight gain can range from a third more growth to a full doubling before the big debut.
The level of amniotic fluid in your uterus has reached its maximum at 33 weeks pregnant, making it likely that you have more baby than fluid now. That's one reason why you're probably feeling lots of nudges and pushes — there's less liquid to cushion the blows. (Of course that means you're even closer to your baby now!)
If your uterine walls had eyes, here's what you'd see: your fetus acting more and more like a baby, with his or her eyes closing during sleep and opening while awake. And because those uterine walls are becoming thinner, more light penetrates the womb, helping your baby differentiate between day and night (now if only baby can remember that difference on the outside!).
And good news! Your baby has reached an important milestone about now: The development of his or her own immune system that (along with antibodies from you) will be able to provide protection from mild infections.
Best Moment this past week: I had my shower with the group of ladies I work with. It was so nice of them to do that for me and I had a lot of fun. My sister and her girls are in town and they got to come to the shower. I love being able to see my sister and her girls every day. Wish they lived here full time!!
Food Craving: Nothing in particular
What I miss: Nothing
Sleep: I’m an insomniac right now. It really helps my work and focus during the day. Bah! But, on the bright side, everything is funnier. You know when you are exhausted and EVERYTHING is funny. So, that’s pretty neat.
What I am looking forward to: This weekend is my friend Jennifer’s baby shower that I am hosting with two other girls. I can’t wait! Also, Thursday I am baby-sitting my youngest niece Brinley Grace and I have a doctor’s appointment.
Symptoms: Due to the swelling I have high blood pressure which I am worried about. But, I get it checked every day at the clinic and it’s always below the mark where the doctor wants me to call her, so that is good. The doc sent me home last week because it got too high and she wanted me to stay in bed the rest of the day. I called her that evening and she sent us to labor and delivery since it wasn’t coming down with bed rest. Good news there: urine has no protein and my blood work was great. So, I’m just praying it stays right below the “call me” mark and it doesn’t affect my delivery in any way. Prayers appreciated!! It’s summer and hot and I’m retaining water like the Titanic. My feet and hands are so puffy!