Thirty-third week of pregnancy

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  • Thirty-third week of pregnancy
  • Symptoms in the thirty-third week of pregnancy
  • Health advice in the thirty-third week of pregnancy
  • The fetus in the XNUMXrd week of pregnancy

Thirty-third week of pregnancy

The baby looks for the right position in the belly and the mother begins to see the "end of the race". With the scientific advice from gynecologist Elisabetta Canitano, president of the non-profit association Vita di donna, let's see what happens to the body of the mother and that of the child during the thirty-third week of pregnancy

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Symptoms in the thirty-third week of pregnancy

Now the maternal breast it is more plump and swollen than ever, so nipples and areolas may need to be moisturized to avoid dryness and itching. fatigue e shortness of breath they will be traveling companions more and more frequent in these last weeks of pregnancy, as well as the increasingly frequent urge to pee.

Other frequent symptoms during the XNUMXth week of pregnancy can be:

  • hemorrhoids
  • heartburn
  • backache
  • cramps in the lower limbs
  • headache
  • pruritus
  • constipation
  • dizziness 
  • epistaxis (nosebleeds)
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Health advice in the thirty-third week of pregnancy


Hemorrhoids They are formed in the anal canal when the veins located in it lose tone and relax. They can cause itching, burning, discomfort or real pain and can even bleed. It is estimated that they are affected in the last trimester of pregnancy 8 women out of 100.

The causes are various: the familiarity in the first place; there constipation; the hormonal change typical of pregnancy and, in particular, the increase in progesterone levels which, due to its specific characteristic, acts on the tissues causing them to relax. Me tooenlargement of the uterus it can contribute to the appearance of the problem, because it makes it difficult for blood to circulate in the last section of the intestine.

Advice: First you have to fight constipation, through diet and a little physical activity. You can then use them antihemorrhoidal preparations for local use: however, it is advisable to discuss with the doctor the advisability of using them. In very serious and selected cases, it is possible to resort toremoval surgery.

In this regard, a study conducted in 1991 showed that out of 25 women operated on for hemorrhoids during pregnancy 24 had great relief and no complications for the baby. In reality, however, there is a tendency to avoid intervention, given that often the disorder resolves on its own after delivery.

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The fetus in the XNUMXrd week of pregnancy

The fetus now measures approx 46 / 46,5cm long e weighs more or less two kilos. If it's still in breech position (with the head up) it is difficult for him to turn around in the correct position, which is the cephalic position (head down). He perceives sounds coming from outside with increasing clarity and loud noises can disturb his sleep.

The immune system is still developing and for now it is still the mother who provides the baby with the necessary defenses. The taste it is more and more "refined", since through the amniotic fluid the baby continues to experience the flavors coming from the maternal diet.

Gestational age: eight months (DPP CALCULATION - Expected date of delivery)

FONTI: NHS; BabyCenter


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