Updated 21 November 2014

Week 33: 7 weeks to go!

Your baby now weighs about 2kgs, and you have a nice excuse to go for retail therapy!


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby weighs about 2 kilograms.
  • Your baby is about 48 centimetres long.
  • Your baby’s skin colour has turned from red to pink due to increased fat accumulation.
  • Your baby’s head size has increased substantially because of rapid brain growth.
  • Fat continues to be deposited under the skin. This will help your baby to regulate temperature after birth.

What is happening to you:

  • You may be suffering from heartburn.
  • Feet and ankles may be swollen due to water retention (oedema).
  • If you suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, experience severe headaches, abdominal pain and nausea and/or vomiting, call your doctor immediately. You may be suffering from pre-eclampsia.

What to do:

  • Go shopping: Start stocking up on front-fastening nighties and clothing suitable for breastfeeding.
  • Read up on or speak to your doctor about ways of relieving heartburn.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to reduce water retention.


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