Hello there, welcome back to another post, today we will be talking about your Normal 33-week pregnancy and ultrasound, as usual, you are going to find in this post information about pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, prenatal visit and obviously fetal ultrasound, are you ready? we are starting now…
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At 33-weeks you have 7 more weeks to go, however only 4 more weeks to be completely on the safe zone, after 37 weeks your baby will be just fine if he decides to come before!!!
How Big Is your Baby at 33-weeks pregnant?
Your baby at 33-weeks will be as big as a Celery. The average 33-week fetus weighs about 4.0 to 4.3 lbs. or 1900 grams, and measures about 29 centimeters long.
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Normal symptoms at 33-weeks!!!
Forgetfulness and clumsiness: Unfortunately “baby brain” is a real thing. Your flightiness may be less due to your physiological changes and more due to the stress and anxiety of expecting a baby in less than two months.
Shortness of breath: As your uterus keeps expanding, the compression against your lungs keeps increasing, causing you to feel short of breath. Try to slow down a bit to catch your breath. A good thing is that relief will come sooner rather than later due to your “baby drops” down into the pelvis, getting ready for the big day.
Insomnia: With all the hormonal changes, midnight bathroom trips, leg cramps, heartburn and your big belly, it’s no wonder sleep is a luxury at this time. Try to find a sleeping routine that works for you. Anything from soothing music, a warm bath, reading a book, or a good massage will do. Avoid near bedtime caffeine and exercises. Remember you and the baby need to rest.
Varicose veins: These are swollen blood vessels found predominantly in the legs, but that can show up almost anywhere in the lower half of your body due to increased blood pressure. Varicose veins during pregnancy are relatively common and usually painless and harmless. And don’t worry: After delivery, they’ll shrink along with the rest of you.
Round ligament pain: Typically felt as achy, crampy or sharp sensations on one or both sides of the lower abdomen. You’ll probably notice occasional round ligament pain more when you change positions suddenly, get up from sitting or lying down, or when you cough, sneeze or laugh. It may be brief or last for several hours.
Braxton Hicks contractions: Contractions are most likely getting frequent and stronger as time goes by. There’s one big difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and the real deal, Braxton Hicks will go away. Real contractions don’t, they just keep coming. Women who are 32 weeks pregnant with twins are at higher risk for preterm labor, so definitely watch for contractions that don’t go away.
Other symptoms such as Constipation, Leg cramps, Hemorrhoids, Itchy skin, vaginal discharge, General lower back, and abdominal mild aches might be also present, all part of the normal list of symptoms at this time.
My amazon top picks for this time of the pregnancy, this is a small list of some must-have products you need. Remember, week 33 of pregnancy is a good time to start packing your hospital bag.
You might also want to read up on postpartum care and stock your medicine cabinet with some essential care supplies that new mom needs on the postpartum stage, not only for you but also for the baby.
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Fetal development at 33-weeks!!
The major development at this time is the immune system, your baby is acquiring immunity to many infections as the protective antibodies in your blood pass through the placenta into his/her blood.
You may notice that your baby has a regular daily pattern of activity and rest by now.
Although your baby doesn’t actually breathe in the womb, however she does make breathing movements to practice for the real thing when is born.
You might feel occasional hiccups, you’ll feel your baby making rapid, regular, jerky movements.
Your baby keeps steadily gaining weight, the normal weight gain at this time is 1 pound every 2 weeks more or less.
Your baby keeps practicing swallowing, breathing, kicking and sucking. In anticipation of that transition to mouth feeding, your baby’s digestive system is all set and ready to go.
The bones are getting harder.
Your fetus acting more and more like a baby, with his eyes closing during sleep and opening while awake. And because those uterine walls are becoming thinner, more light penetrates the womb, helping your baby differentiate between day and night
What to know about doctor visits?
By 33 weeks pregnant, you may have gained around 22 to 28 pounds total, 32 to 42 pounds if you’re 33 weeks pregnant with twins.
A 33-weeks pregnant belly should measure about 32 to 36 centimeters from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone. Sometime between now and around week 34, the baby will “drop” from up near your ribs to down near your pelvis, where he or she will hang out in the head-down position until delivery.
You’ll be weighed and your blood pressure will be taken. You may be asked to give a urine sample to check for signs of preeclampsia, urinary tract infections, and other problems.
On the routine doctor visits, these parameters are still checked.
Your weight gain.
Heart rate with Doppler(of the baby)
Signs of preterm labor.
A 33-weeks pregnant ultrasound might be done as part of a biophysical profile (BPP). This test is done in the third trimester for high-risk patients (so if you’re 33 weeks pregnant with twins, you might be getting these every so often) and after 40 weeks for women who go past their due dates. The ultrasound will gauge your 33- week fetus’ movement, breathing, muscle tone, and amount of amniotic fluid. The other part of the BPP, the non-stress test will measure how baby’s heart rate changes when he or she moves or you have contractions.
This is what you can expect from your 33-week ultrasound.
Ultrasound today will include:
Fetal position (Cephalic or breech)
Amniotic fluid measurement.
Doppler of Fetal heart
BPP Parameters (Muscle tone, fetal movement, Breathing movements, and Amniotic fluid index)
Tips for you this week.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: DHA is critical to brain and vision development and almost all of a baby’s accumulation of DHA occurs during the last trimester. DHA may also help prevent preterm labor and protect against postpartum depression. But haven’t you heard that fish is unsafe for pregnant women? Actually, the FDA recommends eating 8 to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of well-cooked fish and shellfish that are low in mercury, such as shrimp, tilapia, red snapper, salmon (wild is best, organically farmed next best), pollack and catfish.
Make sure you are eating or drinking enough calcium( best found on milk, yogurt or cheese), drink plenty of water, and try to keep a healthy diet and exercise if there is no restrictions for you.
Here you have the most useful information about your 33-week Pregnancy. You learn today about your baby development, Prenatal care (doctor visits) and Fetal Ultrasound at 33-weeks.
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