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33rd week of pregnancy


The third trimester is approaching its midpoint, and the 33rd week of pregnancy marks the beginning of the finish line. There is not much left until delivery, the mother is filled with anticipation. The fetus already looks like a full-fledged human being, but development continues. Now its formed systems are working to strengthen and improve, and the mother’s body is actively involved in this.

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What's going on with the baby?

The size of the baby continues to increase. At the 33rd week of pregnancy, he weighs about 2 kg, and his height reaches almost 45 cm. Of course, if you are expecting twins, the parameters of each child will be smaller. But while the fetus has not yet gained enough subcutaneous fat, so it looks very small.

Important! In the 33rd week of pregnancy, the endocrine, digestive, nervous, immune and urinary systems are formed and actively function. The respiratory organs, thermoregulation of the body, blood circulation continue to develop.

During this period, the baby is already in a position that precedes childbirth, but it can still change. Nevertheless, the doctor gives recommendations for special exercises or sets up the mother for natural childbirth or cesarean section. There will be no special changes in the development of the fetus now, but the processes continue:

  • The fingernails on the tiny fingers grew back and took their proper place.
  • The baby’s face has acquired individuality. Some moms even think that they can determine who will be like a son or daughter, or several children.
  • The baby distinguishes sounds, some he likes, others – not.
  • The baby is also able to smell and taste, so everything that the mother eats, analyzes and evaluates the child.
  • The fetus reacts to the level of light – understands when it becomes darker or lighter.
  • The respiratory system is already ready for the first breath.
  • The baby’s skin almost acquires a natural flesh color, and wrinkles and folds are now not so many.

Interesting! The intensity of movements of each fetus is different, because babies already in the belly of the mother acquire character. Some are very active, and others are a little more lazy. On average, the baby should move or push up to 10 times in 2 hours. If the number of pushes is much less or there are none at all, it is necessary to urgently consult a doctor.

How does a woman feel?

The baby is growing so fast that the mother literally feels it. He has little room in the belly, so he kicks quite noticeably. His blows from the inside of the ribs can cause discomfort. A woman is tormented by pain in the back, to help in this case comes the exercise “cat-dog”, after which relief comes.

The vegetovascular system also makes itself known to the future mom. Shortness of breath, heavy sweating, dizziness – all this is explained by the fact that the woman’s body is working on the growth of the child, drawing strength including from internal reserves. Swelling of the legs and severe thirst appears due to the formation of systems regulating the water-electrolyte balance of the growing fetus. Drinking regimen should be strictly controlled.

Important! Late toxicosis is a phenomenon that requires close attention of a doctor. It is also called gestosis, and it has its own signs: increase in BP to 140/85, nausea, dizziness, swelling.

A woman may experience sleep disturbances, as it is not always possible to assume a comfortable position. And every jolt of a tiny foot or hand can wake up the mother. Some women note during this period of vivid dreams, perhaps because they see “double dreams” – their own and the baby.

All the inconveniences are solved simply. Get rid of fatigue and discomfort will help additional rest in the middle of the day, walks in the fresh air, moderate physical activity and a suitable diet. More often talk to your baby, tell stories, sing songs. After all, your good mood he will definitely feel and will be calmer.

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