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Fetal development - week 33

Getting brainier by the day

Posted: 19 May 2005
by ThinkBaby

Your baby now weighs nearly 2kg, over 4lbs. The rapid brain development is continuing, and his head is growing to accommodate the developing organ. The bones of the skull aren’t hardening in the same way as most of the other bones in the body, but instead remain quite pliable and won’t fuse together until some time after birth so that there is more flexibility in the head to make birthing easier.

The fat that your baby is putting on in these last weeks is changing his skin appearance from red to the pinky colour it will be when he is born.

What’s happening with Mum?
You are now gaining about a pound a week, or half a kilogramme and you’re probably feeling a little ungainly! As the muscles and ligaments around your pelvis loosen further, in preparation for birth, you’re more likely to have backache and you might find yourself waddling. You can help lessen backache by keeping your back as straight as you can. Apart from that try a warm bath to soothe your joints, yoga for pregnancy to keep you supple, and keep requesting those massages and back rubs. By now you might be finding it quite difficult to get in or out of the bath, so move very slowly and avoid straining your pelvis and lower back. As time goes on you may need help negotiating the bathtub.

You might also find that you’re quite forgetful and need to write lists for the most simple of things. And if you keep dropping your house keys and wallet don’t be surprised, a certain lack of coordination and clumsiness is perfectly normal at this stage in pregnancy, it’s a good excuse to leave washing the china to someone else.

NB: All pregnancies are different and fetal growth rates vary, this is meant only as an approximate guide to development. If you have any concerns about your developing pregnancy then speak to your doctor.

Pregnancy experiences

Picking a name - We were still trying to decide between Edward and Oliver about 10 minutes before the baby was born. Easy decision in the end - Maisie Hannah!!! If, like Elliebird, you're having trouble agreeing on a name, then why not seek inspiration advice in the forum?

If you've got experiences of your own to add then why not share them with other ThinkBaby members in the pregnancy or birth folders?

Blog away! Don't forget to have a look at the pregnancy blogs this week to find out how the other mums-to-be are getting on. And why not start or update your own blog too?

Ready for baby?

New baby essentials - What you really need for your new baby, get the essentials before the nice-to-haves.

Buying a car seat - It's an essential item that you won't be able to leave the hospital without if you're travelling by car but they're also rather expensive, so know what to look for before you invest in a car seat.

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