Your appetite may or may not increase when you are in your third trimester and it makes a lot of sense not to feel any hunger when you are pregnant at this stage. However, it doesn’t mean that you are excused from eating the 300 extra calories you need to eat everyday. You could be 33 weeks pregnant and not as hungry but you must eat as much in quality as in quantity. The main reason you are not feeling hungry is the fact that you are getting fuller faster thanks to a smaller stomach. You cannot eat the same quantity of food in one sitting as you used to eat when you were in your first trimester. Even when this happens, you find yourself having a lot of heartburns. Your uterus has grown larger than it has ever been and it will grow even bigger than usual in the next few weeks. This means your stomach has a smaller space to work in. the situation is compounded by the hormones of pregnancy that are working in your body at this stage. You may be getting fuller faster, but this also means you are getting hungry even faster as you are never feeding you and your baby with enough. What you need to do is eat much smaller meals several more times in a day. To ensure that you sleep well and you do not get heartburns, eat the last meal of the day at three hours before you sleep and do not take any water as this serves to compound the heartburn. Sleep with your head slightly higher than the rest of your body to prevent heartburn. Eat foods that will increase your appetite and forget about those that do not appeal to you. However, this doesn’t mean that you start eating fast foods as these do not help when it comes to nutrition. They will fill you fast and you will get hungry even faster.
By the time you are 33 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 4.5 pounds and is 17 inches from head to toe. Your 33 weeks pregnant average weight gain should be 24 pounds. You are going to gain some more weight in the coming few weeks, and this weight will mostly go to the baby. Your baby will have to gain about two to three pounds more to be at the recommended birth weight. Your baby should be moving about once in a while and with the little space in your uterus, you will be feeling the slight jab and pokes he will be making when he moves about. Your baby will also be gaining some weight in its bones in the coming few weeks. The skull is not yet fused together and there will be not much mass in its skull in the coming few weeks because the baby needs to be flexible enough to pass through the birth canal. There will be a lot that will be happening in your body. Aside from the fact that you will be depicting to gain more weight in the coming few weeks before you give birth, you will also be feeling a lot more heartburn. You will be finding it hard to do some of the tasks you have been used to, but you will be fine if you get yourself some external help. You should also have some issues with peeing all the time, and all this will be thanks to the full bladder you will be dealing with. Do not eat less or drink less water because of this, just reduce your intake of food when you are close to your sleeping time so that you are not interrupting your sleep all the time. You should also have stopped taking a lot of coffee because caffeine will no doubt get you into more problems aside from insomnia. You are more likely to have problems with preterm labor as well
You are never supposed to take alcohol at 33 weeks pregnant, and it doesn’t matter the amount of alcohol you are consuming. While the first three months of pregnancy are very crucial to the development of your baby, it doesn’t mean that when you are 33 weeks pregnant you are any safe. There has been no particular amount of alcohol that will be said to be safe for pregnancy; hence you need to stop taking alcohol immediately you discover that you are pregnant. When you drink too much, to the extent of binge drinking, you will be endangering the health of your baby. Heavy drinking means that you are taking more than six units of alcohol a day. The reason alcohol is a problem at any stage of your pregnancy is that it is a toxin and when you drink it, it will reach the baby as it travels very fast through your placenta and when you drink too much, it will damage the cells of the baby who is developing inside of you. In the first three months, this will affect negatively the health of the baby and may lead to health problems like fetal alcoholic syndromes among others. It may also cause some developmental problems. The nervous system of the baby will also be damaged when you take alcohol when you are pregnant, regardless of what stage in your pregnancy you take the alcohol. Babies who have extreme fetal alcoholic syndrome tend to be underweight and also have facial defects. You are more likely to have a miscarriage when you are drinking in your pregnancy, and if you are already past the mid part of your pregnancy, you are also more likely to have a premature baby. Some women have given birth to still babies after taking a lot of alcohol in their pregnancies.