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Week 33 Pregnancy

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This is the week for you and your baby, for she now begins to develop her immune system rapidly while the rate of weight gain has decreased to a modest ½ pound per week. Immunoglobulin is secreted from the mother to the baby. This will help fight infection and disease once your baby is born. Concurrently amniotic fluid formation has plateaued off and begins to decrease from here on.  

 
 

BABY
Having crossed the 17 inch mark in length and weighing a shade over 4 pounds your baby is really big now. The dimensions are very close to what you would expect to see at the time of delivery. The bones on the skull are still not fused and neither will they fuse in the near future. These soft skull bones help move one bone over the other during a tight vaginal birthing process. Although the bones of the skeletal system are now hardening your baby continues to be fragile so continue to exercise caution with your activities. Your baby will now rapidly accumulate layers of fat from this week onwards. This would help protect her from temperature extremes after delivery.
Your baby is now in a 'ready for delivery position' with the head pointing downwards. Although this position can continue to change in the next few weeks as your baby rotates in the amniotic fluid the probability of a normal delivery is high.  

 
 

THE MOTHER

Your belly continues to get fuller and grows in size making it difficult for your walk, sleep and circumnavigate obstacles like tables and chairs. However this is least of your worries considering the fact that you have been experiencing some of these symptoms in the earlier week too.  

 
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