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Week 33

by Christa on September 23, 2013

in Baby Gins,Pregnancy

The baby is the size of a pineapple.


We didn’t get to our normal back patio pics this week.  This is one my mom took after our short walk yesterday morning.

I have never seen my legs so swollen.  Cankles FTW.

Total Weight Gain: My doctor said I lost a pound, but on my scale I had gained it back by yesterday – still sitting at 20 pounds! I have definitely gained in my thighs – in the picture above, I was like, “Whoa, holy legs.” Here’s an interesting breakdown of a 30-pound weight gain (FOUR POUNDS BLOOD VOLUME???):


I like the phrase “maternal fat stores.”  Sounds much better than “extra fun Oreo weight gain.”

Weekly Workouts: Not so much on the working out this week. Went on a walk with the dogs on Tuesday night, went swimming with Aimee (1000 yards) Wednesday morning, and on a 5-mile jog/walk with Joanna Wednesday evening. Then I had a little scare and it was no exercise per doctor’s orders the rest of the week. She ok’ed me to go back to my usual routine this week, I just have to take it easy.

Maternity Clothes: It’s funny because I keep thinking I only have a few weeks to go in maternity clothes, but I know I won’t fit into regular clothes after having the baby. Hello, new wardrobe.

Sleep: I wake up every 2 hours. I like to think my body is preparing me for doing just that pretty soon!

Best Moment of the Week: Such an amazing shower hosted by wonderful friends. I have the best friends and family!! Recap will come soon :)

Food cravings: Love watermelon. And Oreos have been high on my agenda lately too.

Food aversions: Nothing right now.

Symptoms: Well, obviously lots of contractions this week. Now it’s back to regular ol’ Braxton Hicks though. Definitely feeling big.

Movement: She moves a ton; I love seeing her when I look down!

“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.” – What to Expect (

Gender: It’s a girl!

What I’m Looking Forward To: Hosting book club tonight and going to a Dynamo game on Wednesday! The weather has been so nice lately.

What I Miss: Riding a bike, running long (or running for real in general), being able to tie my shoes without difficulty.

Next Appointment: Need to schedule.

Estimated due date is November 11th – pretty sure she’s going to be an October baby, though.

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September 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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Becca September 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

Girl, I don’t care what you say – to still see muscle tone in your legs at 33 weeks…thats impressive!

(and yes, I totally stalk your blog)


Christa September 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Omg, thanks Becca!!! I don’t see it but if others can that’s all that matters…haha jk. I know I will get back in shape soon enough, so I won’t stress.
Yay, stalkers!!! Hahaha


Marie September 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

I think “large and in charge” is a misnomer because you look great! Your legs pregnant look like mine not-pregnant, so there’s that ;)


Christa September 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

Oh, jeez. Well thanks Marie! Maybe not LARGE large but def in charge ;)
You should see my joints up close – so freakin puffy.


Stacey September 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

Lady, you look fantastic! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you wear pregnancy very well. :) I also love how your weeks of “not so much on the workouts” would be a stellar week in my book. You inspire me to get back into the swing of the things.

I signed up for a weekly body sculpt class at work. I had my first one today, and granted, it’s held in a small room that doesn’t get great air circulation, but I felt awful halfway through. I totally broke out in a cold sweat and got dizzy. Normally I would push through, but the voice in my head said “No, go sit down.” So I went to the locker room and rested for a minute. I could do without that! After cooling down I was able to return just fine. Early on, it’s easy to forget that you’re pregnant when you’re not showing. Then a symptom rears its ugly head and you’re forced to remember. Lesson: learned!


Christa September 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks Stacey! For the most part pregnancy has agreed with me. Just this last tri is kickin my butt – at least I am due in 6 weeks!!
Good for you for recognizing when to slow down and listening to your body. It’s definitely easy to forget that even though you can’t tell right now, your body is working extra hard and needs a little break!!


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