33 gestational week

33 gestational week corresponds to 8 month of pregnancy and falls in the third trimester. You should have already fought off anemia, and the child has grown another inch. The space in your abdomen is already insufficient for him and this is clearly evident with the strong kicks you feel daily. They say that at this stage of development, the child is already dreaming.

Fetal size and development at 33 weeks gestation

  • Height – 43.7 cm.
  • Weight – 1.9 kg.
  • Head circumference – 30.0 cm.
  • Abdominal circumference – 29.4 cm.

The child is now forced to assume the “fetal form”. His head is slightly inclined towards the chest, the arms and legs adjoin the body. This is his normal position in 33 gestational weeks.

The doctor may notice that the child is standing transversely. This is an occasion to appoint a caesarean section. The child has developed to such an extent that if it is born now, the chances of it surviving are high. Sometimes premature babies need extra care and spend some time in cots.

At this stage of pregnancy, its cartilages are denser, the nail plates are fully developed, and the heart is able to cope with the flow of blood. The alveoli in the child’s lungs are formed, and the amount of surfactant is quite sufficient for him to take just a breath. At length he reaches almost 44 cm, the circumference of his head is now 30.0 cm and of his abdomen 29.4 cm.

What does a pregnant woman feel during the thirty-third gestational week?

More and more the pregnant woman thinks about the upcoming birth. Over the past months, fatigue has accumulated, but it can not erase the pleasant anticipation of the new family member.

Complaints continue because of problems with the digestive system – constipation and heartburn. You may also be experiencing mild pain in the abdominal area. It is typical for this stage of pregnancy and should not worry you.

It is possible that your legs may feel stiff. To cope with this problem, take calcium regularly.

Itching on the abdomen persists. You can relieve it with massages and rubbing moisturizing creams. Some pregnant women, before going out, put on a bandage.

Because of the seriously grown belly that presses on the ribs, you may complain of shortness of breath. One way to eliminate the discomfort is by straightening your chest and lifting your shoulders up. This will allow oxygen to reach your lungs.

There is one month left until the bottom of the uterus relaxes. In the best case – three weeks. Load yourself up with more patience.

If you haven’t noticed any swelling on your legs up to this point, it may appear now. The presence of traces of clothes on the body are a sign that you are retaining fluids. Reduce your salt consumption.

Keep being physically active. Do yoga and other exercises designed specifically for pregnant women. Doing so will keep your muscles toned, relieve tension and stretch tendons.

Always monitor the condition of the vaginal currents. Evaluate the consistency and smell on a daily basis – in this way you will protect yourself from infections, which are not advisable at this stage of pregnancy.

The birth canal should be clean. This will avoid risks to the baby’s health.

Symptoms such as bleeding, leakage of amniotic fluid and pain in the abdomen are a clear signal that you should seek medical help immediately.

The menu of a pregnant woman in 33 gestational weeks

In the thirty-third gestational week, even the slightest deviations from the dietary menu can provoke the appearance of heartburn. Most often among the guilty products are fried foods, smoked and too spicy.

To fight off heartburn, it is advisable to consume milk or take calcium. Consult a doctor for other possible solutions.

At this stage of pregnancy, it is desirable for a pregnant woman to eat often, but in small portions. For dinner, choose sparing foods – fresh or very lightly processed. After lunch and dinner, you can take a walk to stimulate the digestive system.

What is seen on ultrasound?

Your child is so well developed that you can watch him for hours on ultrasound. The doctor will once again check the condition of the organs and systems. At this time, you will be looking at the child’s face and wondering who he or she looks like.

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