Fetal development at 33 weeks of gestation, which is equivalent to 8 months of pregnancy, is marked by movements and kicks that can occur during the day or at night, making it difficult for the mother to sleep. At this stage most babies have already turned upside down.
Fetal Development milestones at 33 weeks
At this stage, fetal development is almost complete. The baby can already distinguish very clearly his mother's voice and calms down when he hears it. Despite being accustomed to the sound of her heart, digestive system and the voice of his mother, he may jump or be frightened by loud sounds that he does not know.
In some ultrasonographies you can see the movements of their fingers or toes. Little by little the baby's bones get stronger and stronger, but the bones of the head have not yet melted to facilitate the baby's normal delivery.
At this stage all the digestive enzymes are already present and if the baby is born he will be able to digest milk. The amount of amniotic fluid has already reached the maximum limit and it is likely that this week the baby will turn upside down. If you are pregnant with twins the date of birth is likely to be near because in this case most babies are born before 37 weeks, but despite that, some may be born after 38, although this is not very common.
Size of a 33 week fetus
The size of the fetus at 33 weeks gestation is approximately 42.4 centimeters measured from the head to the heel and the weight is about 1.4 kg. When it comes to a twin pregnancy, each baby can weigh about 1 kg.
Changes to the mother's body at 33 weeks
Regarding the changes in the mother's body at 33 weeks of gestation, she will feel more discomfort when eating meals because the uterus has grown enough that is pressures the ribs.
With the approach of the childbirth it is good to know how to relax even when feeling pain, so a good tip is to breathe deeply and let the air through your mouth. When cramps arise, remember this style of breathing and take a light walk, as this also helps to relieve the pain of contractions.
The hands, feet and legs may start to get swollen, and drinking plenty of water may help to eliminate these excess fluids, but if there is too much retention, it is good to tell the doctor as it may be a condition called pre-eclampsia , which is characterized by elevated pressure that can affect even women who have always had low blood pressure.
Back and leg pains can be more and more constant, so try to relax whenever possible.