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Pregnancy Diary Week 33

What's happening for you & your baby
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When a woman is 33 weeks pregnant she will most likely continue feeling sexy and her partner will often agree.  While there may need to be some adjustments made, for most women, sex during pregnancy week 33 and all the way up until the water breaks or labour begins is fine. Of course every woman and every pregnancy are different!

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Pregnancy Week 33 - How Is Your Baby Growing?

During pregnancy week 33, the baby should weigh just over 4 lbs. and is over the 17 inch mark. He will rapidly lose the wrinkles and the alien look as the skeleton hardens. The bones of the skull are not yet fused together, allowing them to move in order to overlap slightly to make passage through the birth canal.
(The baby’s head can undergo such pressure during his birth that many children are born displaying an elongated head, that is coneshapped.) These bones of the skull do not completely fuse until the child is an adult, to allowing room for growth of the brain and other tissues during his infancy as well as his childhood.

Pregnancy Week 33 - What You Can Expect

The stretching of the skin can cause it to become itchy, but this can usually be relieved using soothing moisturizers. If the itching increases and is located primarily on the soles of the feet, hands and tummy, it could be a sign of obstetric cholestatis, and you should talk with the midwife or GP.

As the baby takes even more room in the belly, many things will begin to change: Your former sashaying may turn into a waddle. It can become more challenging to find a position that is comfortable for sitting and sleeping comfortably can be next to impossible. Adjusting to the new size may mean you find yourself bumping into counters and chairs.

Feelings of achiness and even numbness of the hands, wrists and fingers in common. The tissues in the wrist, like other tissues in the body, can retain fluid, increasing pressure on the carpal tunnel, and causing these problems.

Nerves that are threaded through the tunnel can be pinched by the pressure, resulting in tingling, numbness, burning or shooting pain and dull aches. Splints can help to stabilize the wrist. Propping the arm with a pillow during sleep may help. If the job requires repetitive movements of the hand, such as keyboarding or working on an assembly line, be sure to stretch the hands during breaks, which need to be frequent.

Ginger For Pregnancy Nutrition

Ginger is a favourite culinary herb and it is also used for medicinal purposes. Many spices grow above ground but the part of the ginger plant that is full of medicinal value grows underground. A lot of people call this part the “ginger root” but the plant part is a rhizome. A rhizome is not a root, it is a subterranean stem and no one should underestimate ginger health benefits.

Ginger is good for digestive ailments; it can break down the proteins and help to digest fatty foods. People who suffer from excess flatulence may already know of ginger health benefits. A lot of people feel that ginger is effective when used to treat morning sickness. Many others feel that the rhizome can be used to treat motion sickness and nausea.

Ginger health benefits should never be underestimated; it can help to reduce inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis and arthritis. Recent research shows that it can prevent the herpes simplex virus from spreading.

Ginger is a warming herb that will stem a fever and many people take the herb to stimulate their blood circulation. Ginger may help to prevent blood clots forming and it can help to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels. Ginger is the perfect remedy for colds because it is a natural antihistamine and decongestant.

The latest studies highlight ginger health benefits. The spice can play a part in lowering LDL cholesterol because it tends to reduce the sum total of cholesterol that is absorbed into the system. The herb has been trialled on animals and it appeared that it slowed or even prevented malignant tumors from growing.

Ginger contains two oils, the first is shogaols and the second is gingerols. These pungent oils have great healing powers. Both of these oils encourage the digestive enzymes to flow more freely and these enzymes neutralize the acids which can cause diarrhoea, cramps and nausea.

Ginger health benefits are great and they are worth discovering. Fill a cup with hot water and slip five slices of ginger into the water. Let the herb soak for a while before you enjoy the drink. You may prefer to include ginger in some of the dishes that you cook and ginger and garlic make the perfect combination.

Here is a delicious main course that includes ginger, spinach, chickpeas and tomatoes – all very beneficial ingredients.

Spinach, chickpea and tomato curry

This is for one serving, so increase ingredients accordingly

1/2 tablespoon ginger (either fresh and finely chopped or ground ginger)
1 chopped small onion
1 chopped clove of garlic
4 tablespoons of cooked chopped chickpeas
1 fresh chopped tomato
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 teaspoon of ground tumeric
1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/2 green chilli chopped and remove seeds
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Heat the oil over a medium heat in a frying pan, then add in garlic and onions and fry for between 2 to 3 minutes.

Next add the chilli and other spices frying for another 3 minutes or so – the idea being to release the flavours but not to toast or burn the ingredients.

Then add the chickpeas, tomato and a splash or two of boiling water.

Continue cooking for another 3 minutes or so.

Add the spinach, seasoning with salt and pepper as you like and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes.

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All articles on the blog and website are intended as information only. Please do not consider any of the information provided here as a substitute for medical advice. At all times seek medical advice directly with your own doctor and medical team.


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