You've hit week 33, and your baby's development is truly remarkable at this stage.

By now, your little one's brain and nervous system are fully developed and they're around 43.7cm long from head to heel. That's approximately the size of a pineapple! 

Now, let's talk about caffeine. While a cup of coffee can provide a much-needed pick-me-up, it's essential to be mindful of your caffeine intake during pregnancy. Too much caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage or your baby being born with a low birth weight. To play it safe, aim to limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200 milligrams (200mg) per day, which is roughly equivalent to two mugs of tea plus one can of cola. Tommy's have more information and a helpful caffeine calculator.

As your pregnancy progresses, you may find yourself grappling with heartburn or acid reflux. These are common discomforts caused by hormonal changes and the growing baby putting pressure on your stomach. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as avoiding spicy or acidic foods and eating smaller, more frequent meals, can often help alleviate symptoms. If you're still struggling, don't hesitate to reach out to your midwife or GP for advice and treatment options.

It's essential to stay attuned to your baby's movements during this time - their regular movement is a reassuring indicator of their wellbeing. If you notice any changes, such as a decrease in movements, call your maternity unit for guidance straight away.

If you didn't know already, you should sleep on your side in the third trimester to reduce the risk of stillbirth. Learn more about why you should sleep on your side.

Finally, let's talk about the unsung hero of pregnancy — your placenta. This incredible organ grows in your womb during pregnancy, serving as a lifeline for your baby. It delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to your growing baby while removing waste products from their blood. It's a vital part of your baby's development and wellbeing, working tirelessly behind the scenes to support their growth and health.



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