Article reviewed by Dr. Anca Panaitescu, specialist obstetrics-gynecologist, Clinical Hospital Philanthropy
In the week 33 of pregnancy, baby continues to gain weight with a fairly high speed, about 250 grams per week. The next 4 weeks will be a period of spectacular growth. In fact, as the pregnancy nears the deadline, the child will gain more and more weight.
How big is the baby in the 33rd week of pregnancy
At week 33 of pregnancy, your baby is like a pineapple. It weighs about 1,800 grams and is 43 centimeters long.
Pregnancy at 33 weeks: how your baby grows
During this period he quickly loses his "wrinkled" and bizarre appearance as he accumulates more fat under the skin, and his skeleton strengthens.
The bones of the head are not yet well welded together, which allows them to move and overlap slightly at birth, allowing the child to pass more easily through the vaginal canal.
At birth, the pressure on the head is high, which can temporarily change the shape of the head, many babies being born with the head shaped like a cone. You do not have to worry if your baby has a cone-shaped head at birth, in a few days it will return to normal shape. The bones of the head are not strong enough and are not fully attached at this age. The bones attach later, close to adulthood, so they can grow in parallel with the growth of the brain and other tissues during childhood.
The baby's ocular apparatus continues to develop. His pupils are now well developed to contract, dilate and detect light. This is very important because at birth it will protect your puppy's eyes from very strong light. The eyelids are still thin and slightly transparent. Babies open and close their eyes reflexively, practicing for after birth. The lungs are already much better developed by week 33, giving the baby more chances of survival if she is born this week. Babies born now will need extra care, but almost all will be healthy.
During this period, the urinary tract completes its formation largely, the kidneys functioning almost like those of an adult. Bebe produces more urine, which it eliminates in the amniotic cavity and enters the composition of the amniotic fluid.
Baby movements are becoming stronger and more coordinated. You can feel your baby rotate in the tummy, hit and stretch. Continue to monitor the number of baby's movements. It is important to detect more than 10 movements within two hours. Many babies are more active in the afternoon and evening. Take advantage of these moments to communicate with your baby and encourage your partner to do the same.
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What you need to know: Each baby develops slightly differently. Our information is intended to give you a general idea about the development of your baby.
How many months is 33 weeks pregnant?
33 weeks of pregnancy means 8 months.
What happens in your body during the 33rd week of pregnancy?
Your body begins to prepare for birth. Your tummy is big, you go harder, you get tired faster, you have a hard time finding a comfortable position to stay, not to mention sleep! Sleeping in pregnancy can become very frustrating. It is best to try to sleep on the left side, with a pillow between your legs and one under your tummy. You can use as many pillows as you want to find a comfortable position to rest in.
It is very important that during this period of pregnancy you sleep better. Birth is demanding, and in the immediate post-partum period your baby won't let you sleep too much, so make the most of your sleep! Many doctors encourage pregnant women to rest for at least half an hour at lunch.
In week 33, one thing you may be worried about is the fact that you don't know exactly what breaking the water entails (especially if you've seen many movies where this moment is almost dramatic and in a hurry). If you have questions about this aspect, here are some details that you should know:
- Breaking water means breaking the amniotic sac that surrounds the baby and, medically and correctly expressed, is called rupture of the membranes;
- Only 1 in 10 women have an abundant water flow, the rest observing only a kind of drip;
- Sometimes, the amniotic sac breaks before it starts working;
- The amniotic fluid has no odor and is transparent (so do not think you can easily confuse it with drops of urine);
- If you feel the water has broken, do not use internal pads - these could lead to bacteria in the vagina. However, an absorbent will keep you from unfortunate accidents;
- Go to maternity care if you think the amniotic fluid has started to leak.
Common symptoms at 33 weeks of pregnancy
As you approach the birth, you will feel your feet swelling, as do your hands and fingers. It is important to remove your rings during this period, if you have not already done so, so as not to disturb you later. You may feel pain or numbness in your fingers, wrists and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, the joints can retain fluid. As a consequence, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur, caused by the pressure exerted by the tissues in the joint of the hand on a nerve that passes there. You can feel the cushioned, painful wrist, with itching or itching, numbness in the fingers and tingles. Because of this, objects can fall out of your hand easily. Don't worry, these problems disappear after birth.
Try wearing a protective bracelet (you can find it at sports stores) and rest your hand on a pillow when you sleep. Also, if at work you have to use your hands a lot (if you type a lot on the computer, for example) it is good to take short and frequent breaks in which to rotate your wrists. You can try to massage your hands slightly to alleviate the discomfort and Don't forget to keep drinking enough water.
Many women still feel sexy during this period and have an increased sexual appetite, as do their partners. You will probably need to make some changes regarding the positions you are having sex with, but generally sex in week 33 is fine. So long as your pregnancy is not a high risk one. If you have an increased risk of preterm birth, the placenta is placed lower on the uterine wall or you have had other problems, your doctor will not allow you to have sexual contact.
Also, in the week with the number 33 you may also face headaches, which can occur both due to hormonal fluctuations, as well as from stress or dehydration.
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In addition, during this period you may feel that you are warmer than you would normally be under the same conditions (this is due to the increased metabolic rate), or you may notice that you forget certain things more often and that you are more inadequate. (states that could be related to the fact that you are very worried now).
And about the fact that you can't breathe deeply it can be said that you are already used to it, but the novelty is that when the baby "goes down" (he will turn his head down and go more towards the pelvis), you will succeed to breathe better, the moment can be quite close.
Analysis and investigations at week 33 of pregnancy
Monitoring baby movements
For added safety, your doctor may recommend that you monitor your baby's movements after the 28th week of pregnancy. To do this at home, you can try to choose a time of day when you know your baby is more active (ideally, daily monitoring should be done at about the same time each time).
Stretch on the left side for about 30-60 minutes (try to be quiet and focused on what you are doing) or until you feel 10 distinct movements. It usually takes less than that to feel the movements, but anyway, note how long you felt 10 movements.
Because the baby has grown, this week the space available in the womb for his ample movements is now limited. Therefore, you will feel that the movements are as weak as the force, but, in number, they are just as common.
If you have observed less than 10 movements in 2 hours, contact your doctor. A drastic decrease in movements can announce that there is a problem. Although no one wants a premature birth, it is good to know that almost all babies born before term in this period will survive and lead a normal life.
How often should you feel the baby's movements?
Your baby should move as often as in the last month. Every baby has its own movement routine and there is no rule. As long as you do not notice major changes in the activity level of the baby, most likely everything is fine.
What should you do if your movements have slowed or changed?
You should notify your doctor immediately if your baby's movements have slowed. A decrease in the activity of the child may mean that there is a problem and you will need to do some tests to see what happens.
What should I bring you to the emergency hospital?
- vaginal bleeding, localized or generalized abdomen, pain;
- rupture of membranes and loss of amniotic fluid;
- the appearance of painful uterine contractions, at regular intervals, more and more powerful;
- decrease in the number of fetal movements;
- any other health problem that concerns you (tummy tuck, severe headaches, nasal bleeding, etc.).
What to do in the 33rd week of pregnancy
Wash baby's clothes and bed linen. You probably already received and even bought a lot of baby clothes. It is time to wash them because they will come into direct contact with the baby's skin and you must remove any irritants from the material beforehand. The most delicate detergents are those made especially for babies and those who have written on hypoallergenic (hypoallergenic) or sensitive skin.
It is also good to iron your baby's underwear and belongings. Sometimes washing only in the washing machine does not remove some of the mircoorganisms, but they are destroyed if you iron them at high temperature.
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