Guide to Being 33 Weeks Pregnant

What Your Partner Should Know

If you haven't already, it's time to attend a childbirth class at your labor and delivery location. Your partner will need to attend as many as possible so that he's up to speed on the signs of labor, how to get to the hospital and the check-in process. He should also be as supportive and ready to learn as possible, particularly if you're forgoing an epidural in favor of a natural birth.

During childbirth classes, which can take place over the course of several weeks, or during a longer, one-day session, you'll learn breathing techniques, helpful tips for making labor easier, and the ins and outs of caesarean sections and vaginal delivery. Most hospitals or birthing centers will allow participants to tour the facility, including the nursery and a typical labor, delivery and recovery room.

Your partner should also know that, while sex is still possible, he might be barking up the wrong tree so late in pregnancy. The third trimester, with its standard weight gain, back pain and litany of other physical ailments, simply doesn't lend itself to that lovin' feeling. Gently remind him that your lack of desire has nothing to do with him to avoid a bruised ego. Don't worry if your sexual appetite is still intact, though. Most pregnant women can engage in sexual intercourse throughout pregnancy, as long as your doctor says it's OK. Reasons to abstain include unexplained vaginal bleeding, placenta previa, cervical incompetence or any risk of preterm labor.

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