33 Weeks Pregnant

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33 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:20 am

Your Body at 33 Weeks of Pregnancy

By 33 weeks, you should have begun developing stretch marks on your abdomen. These are red or pink striations that may appear on the abdomen and also the hips and breasts. Though these marks will become pale and less obvious with time after birth, there are still some remedies you may try to reduce them if not completely avoid them. Firstly, try not to gain excessive weight as weight gain in a short period of time makes stretch marks worse. Another option you have to regularly each day rub skin softeners to keep your skin supple. You might be able to find creams or lotions for stretch marks such as Palmer’s cocoa butter, or bio oil. However, these creams do not guarantee to stop stretch marks completely. If everything fails, rest assured that they will fade over time.

Your Baby at 33 Weeks of Pregnancy

Your baby now measures around 41 cm and weighs about 2.2 Kg. Your fundus is just below the ribcage and the fetal head is often above the pelvis, where it usually ends up, as there is generally more room there than in the fundus. This is because there are bony margin to the pelvis and the fundus is muscular and competing with the bowel and liver for space. If your placenta was low lying at your 18 – 20 week scan, it may be a placenta previa (placenta entering the lower uterine segment), which may prevent the fetal head from entering the pelvis. You may have another ultrasound examination at this time to exclude this possibility.

It is also possible to assess fetal growth and well being at this stage by performing ultrasound measurements on the baby as well as assessing the amount of amniotic fluid present and observing fetal behavior. This includes fetal movement, tone and breathing, as well as possibly a fetal heart rate trace (cardiotochograph – CTG). Fetal breathing is of course not real breathing, as the placenta is providing oxygen as well as nutrition at this stage, but ‘practice breathing’, where baby inhales amniotic fluid. Episodes of fetal breathing become longer and more frequent towards the end of pregnancy and are a sign of fetal well being. Placental and fetal blood flow can also be assessed using Doppler ultrasound.
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