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Mumsworld Pregnancy Calendar Week 33

There's probably not much room in your stomach at the moment because your womb and baby are taking up quite a bit of space. So you might not be able to fit big meals in. Eating energy-rich snacks will keep you going. 

Your baby's development

At 33 weeks your baby's immune system is getting stronger. When they're born in a month or so, about two-thirds of their immune system is developed. Your baby's skin is getting thicker and much less wrinkled too. They now weigh about 1.8Kg and are around 44cm long (although there can be a wide variation in the size and weight of pre-term babies). 

You and your body

As a heavily pregnant mum-to-be, you need a lot of energy for a growing baby and a physically active lifestyle. But now your stomach is small (your baby has taken up much of the space it used to have), if you can't eat much, health snacks will help bridge the gap between each meal so you have a steady supply of energy during the rest of your pregnancy. 

Try the following energy-wise snacks to help keep you going through the day: 

• Dip fruit pieces into yogurt, or mix pieces of a variety of fruits, add some cereal, and toss together with the yogurt.

• Stash small bags of dried fruits in your handbag to nibble on while you're out and about.

Did you know?

Wearing a maternity bra day and night can help you feel more comfortable if your breasts are becoming heavy as they grow. Investing in a supportive bra can also help minimise sagging in the future.