Your body during weeks 33 to

Your body is working hard this month to prepare for labor and delivery. Your baby is big and may be disturbing your sleep. Your muscles are sore from carrying this large bundle. Put it all together, and you're probably feeling tired most of the time. If you're worn out, take a break. Rest with your feet up. Fatigue is your body's way of telling you to slow down. Here's an overview of what's happening and where.

Your respiratory system

Pushed up by your expanding uterus, your diaphragm is continuing to occupy part of the space normally reserved for your lungs, altering the way you breathe. As a result, you're probably continuing to feel as if you can't get enough air. If your baby drops lower into your uterus and pelvis this month, as some do, this will probably change. With some of the upward pressure on your diaphragm relieved, you may be able to breathe a little more easily.

Your breasts

The milk-producing glands inside your breasts are continuing to grow larger this month, increasing your breast size overall. The tiny oil-producing glands that moisturize the skin around your nipples and areolas may be more noticeable now, too.

Your uterus

This month, your baby is settling into position inside your uterus, getting ready to make his or her grand entrance. If your baby is in the proper posi tion, as most are, his or her head is down, with arms and legs pulled up tightly against the chest.

You may feel your baby drop this month, settling deeper into your pelvis in preparation for delivery. This is what's known as lightening, although that's a somewhat misleading term. Although your upper abdomen may feel relief, that's usually more than compensated for by increased pressure in the pelvis, hips and bladder.

Some women, especially first-time moms, experience lightening several weeks before delivery. Others experience it the day labor begins. It's hard to say when your baby will drop in the pelvis or if you'll notice it when it happens.

Your digestive system

If your baby drops this month, you may notice a change in some of your gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn or constipation. You may feel more like eating because your baby is no longer putting as much pressure on your stomach and intestines. If you've been having heartburn, it may become less frequent or less severe.

Your urinary tract

You're probably continuing to leak urine this month, especially when you laugh, cough or sneeze. This problem is the result of your growing baby pressing on your bladder.

The bad news? If your baby drops this month, your urinary problems are likely to intensify. As your baby moves deeper into your pelvis, you'll feel more pressure on your bladder. Suffice it to say that you'll become very familiar with the bathroom. In the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may wake up several times a night just to urinate. This all will most likely disappear after your baby is born.

Your bones, muscles and joints

The connective tissues in your body are continuing to soften and loosen this month in preparation for labor and delivery. This may be especially noticeable now in your pelvic area. You may feel as if your legs are becoming detached from the rest of your body — for the record, they're not.

Don't give up your exercise program, but be careful about exercising this month. Given all the softening and loosening going on, it's easy to suffer a muscle or joint injury.

You may be continuing to have hip pain on one side or low back pain caused by your growing uterus. You may also be having sciatic pain — tingling or numbness in your buttocks, hips or thighs caused by the pressure of your uterus on your two sciatic nerves. If your baby drops this month, though, this pain may let up.

Your vagina

Your cervix may begin to dilate this month. About the time that begins, you may feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your vagina. This doesn't mean you're in labor. The cause of this pain isn't well understood, but it doesn't pose a threat to you or your baby.

Your cervix can start to dilate weeks, days or hours before labor begins. Especially if you've had a baby before, it might not dilate at all before labor. Every woman is different.

Vaginal pain late in pregnancy usually isn't anything to be concerned about, but tell your health care provider about it if it causes a lot of discomfort. One caution: Don't mistake vaginal pain for abdominal pain. If pain in your lower abdomen is accompanied by fever, chills, diarrhea or bleeding, call your health care provider.

Remember, you'll almost certainly have some contractions (labor pains) this month. It's possible they won't bother you at all, and you may not even notice them. If you do feel cramps at the same time as the uterus seems to ball up and get hard, pay attention to how regular and frequent the contractions are. Practice contractions are unpredictable and, even when frequent, they don't settle into a regular rhythm. The contractions of true labor are frequent — five minutes apart or closer — and are repeated at regular intervals.

Your skin

Pregnancy-induced skin changes that may be apparent this month include:

Varicose veins, particularly on your legs and ankles

• Vascular spiders, especially on your face, neck, upper chest or arms

• Dryness and itching on your abdomen or all over your body

Stretch marks on the skin covering your breasts, abdomen, upper arms, buttocks or thighs

Many of these changes will fade or disappear after your baby is born. Some evidence of stretch marks will likely remain, although they usually fade to light pink or grayish stripes.

Weight gain

You'll probably gain about a pound a week this month, for a total of about 4 pounds. When you reach term next month, you'll probably have gained a total of about 25 to 35 pounds.

Herbal Remedies For Acid Reflux

Herbal Remedies For Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is the medical term for what we know as acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the stomach releases its liquid back into the esophagus, causing inflammation and damage to the esophageal lining. The regurgitated acid most often consists of a few compoundsbr acid, bile, and pepsin.

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