33rd week of pregnancy

  • Biparietal diameter of foetus: 80 to 93 mm
  • Weight of foetus: approx. 2000 g
  • Length of foetus: approx. 43 cm

Now, in addition to the premonitory pains, false labour pains appear. Over the next few weeks they will make sure that the head of the baby is securely fixed in the bones of the pelvis minor. You might say it takes up its starting position for birth.


If you’re baby hasn’t yet turned, and its head still points upward, it likely has a breech or pelvic presentation, or less often, an oblique or transverse presentation. Ten percent of children have such a presentation and from a medical point of view this is disadvantageous: in regards to the mechanisms of labour, it is better if the largest and hardest part of the child (the head) comes first.


It is still possible that your baby will turn by itself. There are so-called alternative methods for turning the child: the Indian bridge, moxibustion and acupuncture.


If your baby can’t be turned into a cephalic presentation by the 38th week, your gynaecologist will discuss with you if a caesarean is advisable.


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