At 33 weeks of gestation, your baby is busy gaining weight and preparing to live independently. For you, this phase could be of great enthusiasm but, also, apprehension with the approximation of the date of delivery. Here’s the essentials about your pregnancy at 33 weeks gestation .
- Age of pregnancy: 33 weeks (8th month, 3rd trimester)
- Fetal age: 31 weeks
- 33 Weeks of gestation are 231 days of pregnancy
- Length of the fetus: 43.7 cm (head to toe)
- Weight of fetus: 1900 gr (approximately)
- Size: pineapple
Week 33 – 1st day
At this stage, the bones of your baby’s skull are soft and yet are not fused together. In this way, it is easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal. However, the bones of the rest of the body are getting more and more stiff.
The baby’s skin also loses the reddish and wrinkled appearance. Another novelty this week is that the respiratory system is almost 100% mature. If it’s your first child, chances are the baby will fit his head into the pelvis this week, pressing his cervix.
Week 33 – 2nd day
It may be that your feet and your hands begin to swell. This usually means that you are holding back liquids, which tends to get worse on hot days. Even though it sounds strange, drinking plenty of fluids and eating less salt can help alleviate this symptom.
Your body – especially the kidneys – and your baby need lots of liquid, so drink plenty of water. But be aware, if you notice sudden swelling in your hands or face, see your doctor. This may be a sign of pre-eclampsia (dangerous elevation of blood pressure in pregnant women).
Skin and hair
As it accumulates fat, the skin becomes increasingly smooth and acquires a rosy shade. At this point, it is no longer transparent and, although most of the lanugo that covered it in the previous weeks has disappeared, there is still some left in the back and the shoulders.
The bones continue to harden, except for the skull. At delivery, the baby’s head will have to cross the narrow channel connecting the uterus to the outside, and to facilitate this task the skull bones are divided into separate plates, each one able to overlap slightly over the others. In most cases, the fontanelles are enclosed between 18 and 2 years of age .
By the 17th week, the reflexes are operational. The baby turns around, puts his hands to his feet, kicks his finger, covers his face with his hands, closes and opens his hands, … All these movements strengthen bones and muscles.
Later, as it grows and grows fat, its movements lose breadth but never fail to show activity. In the last week of gestation, the baby behaves like a newborn, with more than 70 different reflexes.
The heart beats between 150 and 160 times a minute, twice the heart rate of an adult person.
The baby swallows and expels amniotic fluid . In the gut, a sticky substance, the so-called meconium, accumulates . This will be expelled in the first few days after birth.
The brain develops prodigiously. The baby reacts to pain, touch, sound, light and has a taste bud (the amniotic fluid acquires the most intense flavors of the food ingested by the mother).
In addition to all these amazing reactions, there are data that allow you to think that the baby begins to dream and to build his first memories still in the womb.
The alveoli remain in formation and the lungs mature, which will remain until the date of delivery. Only after birth, when they are filled with air, does the baby breathe autonomously for the first time .
By the 13th week of gestation, the baby can already hear the sounds and vibrations produced inside the mother’s body. From the 6th month (between 22-26 weeks of pregnancy), the baby begins to interact with sounds and external stimuli.
The baby opens and closes his eyes and has already developed a pattern of sleep of his own. When he is awake, he opens his eyes and follows a flash of light projected toward the mother’s belly. He does not like very strong lights, especially flashes. Avoid them by covering your face or turning your back.
The baby shows early on a series of reactions that show that he is not indifferent to what happens in the extrauterine world: he is frightened, moves, turns or slaps his face in reaction to stimuli or external events that affect him .
Week 33 – 3rd day
It is common that at this stage of gestation you feel pain in the hands of morning or tingling in the fingers at night. This is due to the swelling of the tissues of the wrist that press the nerves. Another unexpected pregnancy symptom is itching. The generalized itching is very unpleasant. Talk to your doctor to see what you can do to relieve it.
Week 33 – 4th day
If you still plan to make a Baby Shower, it’s good to start planning. Some future moms prefer to do several events: one for company staff, another for friends, and a third for the family. The important thing is that you have fun right now, because the organization can not mean stress.
Week 33 – 5th day
The baby’s brain is becoming even faster as its five senses become ready for the outside world. At this point he can see the liquid world around him; feel the sensation of grabbing a toe or sucking the thumb; to taste the amniotic fluid he is swallowing; and hear his heartbeat, his voice and the snoring of his stomach. Of course, there is no air in the womb to carry the scents, but if there were, it could also smell its environment
Week 33 – 6th day
Are you tired of eating everything natural? That was not your taste, but are you taking care of yourself because of your pregnancy? So, invest in the taste of seasonings:
- Thyme looks great on greens and chickens
- Bay combines with meats and stews
- A little fennel, sage and basil enhance the taste of soups and salads
- Try a sauce with skimmed yogurt, mustard and English sauce. It is much less caloric and very tasty!
Week 33 – 7th day
With all that belly, cutting your toenails becomes a contortionist’s job, and you may feel a twinge in the belly because of the posture. So it is best to seek help from a pedicurist. But if possible, do not paint your nails. If there is premature labor, you can not have colored nails (neither feet, nor hands).
Tips of Pregnancy
Colostrum: the first breast milk
Colostrum is the first milk produced by the mother after childbirth. Although produced in small quantity, it has all the nutrients needed to adequately feed the newborn.
Colostrum combines a large amount of proteins and defense against infections such as immunoglobulins A, lactoferrin, white cells (leukocytes), cytokines, among others, also facilitating the digestion of the baby (whose system is still maturing after birth ) and intestinal elimination of the baby.
Have you chosen the name for your baby yet?
There are many factors that interfere with choosing the baby’s name. For some parents there are no great doubts. They prefer to follow the family tradition and decide to give the name of the parent or close relatives, such as the grandparents.
Others, until the moment of the registration of the baby with doubts about the name to choose. In this article, we give you some tips that will help you choose the best name for your baby.
Watch your nipples ! To prepare to feed your child the best way possible, you should pay close attention to the hygiene and care of the breasts, and especially the nipples; massage with specific products and dry them with a dry, slightly rough towel to make them stronger and stronger. If your nipples are slightly bulging or flat, try to stimulate them (by stretching them lightly without forcing) to give them the proper shape. However, there are also some studies that demonstrate that stimulation of the nipples during pregnancy is not inevitably a solution. In any case, the flat or inverted nipplesare not impediments or contraindications to breastfeeding. When the time comes, ask the nurse to breastfeed the baby in the best way.
Pregnancy Week by week
- 1 Week Pregnant: Early signs of pregnancy
- 2 Weeks Pregnant: Sign, Symptoms, Discharge
- 3 Weeks Pregnant: Sign and Test
- 4 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound
- 5 Weeks Pregnant: Belly and Cramping
- 6 Weeks Pregnant: Don’t be afraid of miscarriage
- 7 Weeks Pregnant: Development
- 8 Weeks Pregnant: Bleeding
- 9 Weeks Pregnant: Twins?
- 10 Weeks Pregnant: Fetus
- 11 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus
- 12 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound Gender
- 13 Weeks Pregnant: Scan
- 14 Weeks Pregnant: Baby moves
- 15 Weeks Pregnant: Can baby hear in the womb?
- 16 Weeks Pregnant: Baby movement
- 17 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal Development
- 18 Weeks Pregnant: Morphological Ultrasound
- 19 Weeks Pregnant: Weight gain during pregnancy
- 20 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus positions
- 21 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal weight
- 22 Weeks Pregnant: Baby size
- 23 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal movement feel like
- 24 Weeks Pregnant: Position of Baby
- 25 Weeks Pregnant: Sleeping position
- 26 Weeks Pregnant: Food and fruits
- 27 Weeks Pregnant: Trimester
- 28 Weeks Pregnant: Baby position in the womb
- 29 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms not to ignore
- 30 Weeks Pregnant: Average weight of fetus?
- 31 Weeks Pregnant: How many month i am?
- 32 Weeks Pregnant: How big is baby?
- 33 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 34 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Is how many months?
- 36 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 37 Weeks Pregnant: What are the chances of giving birth?
- 38 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 39 Weeks Pregnant: Considered a Term Baby
- 40 Weeks Pregnant: Contractions in Labor