2 Apr 2024

Event - Baby's bones fully formed

Baby's bones fully formed
A significant developmental milestone, indicating your baby's skeletal system has matured and strengthened.
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What does "fully formed" mean for my baby's bones at 33 weeks?

By 33 weeks, your baby's bones have developed to the point where they are fully formed, meaning they have achieved the basic structure needed for life outside the womb. However, they remain softer and more flexible than an adult's bones, especially the skull, which needs to remain somewhat pliable for birth.

How does this affect my baby's development?

The full formation of bones is a crucial step in your baby's overall development, allowing for proper support of the body, protection of internal organs, and the ability to store essential minerals. It also means your baby is getting ready for the physical demands of birth and life outside the uterus.

Will my baby's bones continue to change after birth?

Yes, after birth, your baby's bones will continue to grow and harden. The fontanelles (soft spots on the baby's skull) will gradually close over the first 18 months of life. Bone density will increase, and as your child grows, so will the length and width of their bones.

Is there anything I can do to support my baby's bone health at this stage?

Continuing to consume adequate amounts of calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus through your diet supports fetal bone health. These nutrients are crucial for bone growth and development, and your prenatal vitamin supplement should cover the necessary amounts.

How will this milestone affect my pregnancy?

This stage shouldn't significantly change your pregnancy experience, but it's a reminder of the importance of nutrition and prenatal care to support your baby's development. You might find that your healthcare provider discusses birth preparation more intensively around this time, considering the baby's growth and development milestones.

Should I be aware of any specific considerations or preparations at this time?

As your baby is growing and taking up more space, you may experience increased discomfort, breathlessness, and the need to urinate more frequently. Continue regular prenatal visits to monitor your health and your baby's progress. It's also a good time to finalize birth preparations, such as completing your birth plan and ensuring your hospital bag is packed.

Midwife for 8+ years
29 Sep 2023

We will b having a baby next week 🥳🥳 at 37 weeks… due to the fact her blood pressure keep going up and down… Wtbs doc say 37 weeks baby will b fully formed… anyway I’m so excited 😆 I’ll b meeting my grandbaby soon… she already like 7lbs… 🤲🏽 praying for a safe delivery and healthy baby girl…..

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