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Week 33
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 31 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Check out this week:
Easy Labor Authors Are Here to Answer Your Questions
Dr. William Camann and Kathryn Alexander, authors of Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth are here to discuss how you can make confident, informed choices regarding pain relief preferences. [Click Here]
Healthy Pregnancy Over 35 Author Interview
Laura Goetzl, MD, MPH, author of Health Pregnancy Over 35, is visiting to discuss the unique concerns of women over the age of 35. [Click Here]

Fetal Development:

eighth monthAt this point, the amniotic fluid is at the highest level in the pregnancy. The amount will remain constant until delivery. Rapid brain growth has increased the baby's head size approximately 3/8 of an inch this week. Fat continues to accumulate which turns the baby's skin color from red to pink.

Multiples: The confined space restricts the babies' movements somewhat so movement may not feel as intense but should be as frequent.

Maternal Changes:
You'll be gaining about a pound a week. Mild edema is normal but if you experience severe headache; seeing "spots" or "flashing lights" while at rest; sudden increase in swelling, such as over 2-3 days, especially of the face; abdominal pain; and nausea, vomiting, and feeling sick, contact your caregiver immediately. You could be developing pre-eclampsia which is characterized by swelling, high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It is a very serious complication of pregnancy.

Multiples: Your appetite may be decreasing as your stomach is cramped for space.

Circumcision:
If you're having a son, you will be confronted with the decision regarding circumcision after birth. This has become a HOT topic in recent years, and it isn't the purpose of this guide to debate the issues. Finding good unbiased information is almost impossible, however, on the internet. Circumcision is a personal decision that parents need to make based on their own preferences/beliefs. As always, StorkNet advocates making an informed decision.

Start thinking about your feelings now and educating yourself on the facts. You'll be asked to sign a consent form either when you register at the hospital or when you are admitted in labor. Knowing your desires beforehand will save you from making a hasty uninformed decision at the last minute.

Ideas for Dad:
Mom has probably been working on a birth announcement list. If you haven't helped out and given her a list of those you want to receive an announcement such as relatives, friends and co-workers, now is a good time to get started.

Inspirational Thoughts:
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient. ~Bodie Thoene

Reading:

Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year by Robert V. Johnson, MD, published by William Morrow and Company, 1994

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