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Month number eight is a turbulent time for many pregnant women due to an immensely swollen belly, a significant shift in the center of gravity, and the presence of many severe symptoms.
As the big day draws closer, you may find yourself waddling about haphazardly as you deal with significant weight gain, clumsiness, and lethargy.
Additionally, it’s around this time that your breasts will begin leaking milk as your body prepares itself for nursing.
While you are experiencing an assemblage of difficult symptoms, baby is happily adjusting to its wide range of skills and newfound senses and will have taken on a downward position to nestle comfortably within the walls of your uterus.
As both you and baby become ready for the big day, be prepared to deal with an intense array of emotions and physical symptoms as your little one undergoes its slow journey out of your uterus into the world, and your loving arms.
Read on below to learn more about this amazing time in pregnancy!
Your Physical And Emotional Health
Eight Months Pregnant
At eight months pregnant, it is likely you will experience the emergence of new symptoms such as heartburn, hemorrhoids, and a significant increase in the frequency of urination. Leg cramps may also become far more frequent and can be exacerbated by the additional pregnancy weight you have gained.
Of particular concern during this point in your pregnancy term is a condition referred to as “supine hypotensive syndrome.” Creating symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, and changes in blood pressure and heart rate, supine hypotensive syndrome presents significant issues for pregnant women when they change their body position
Symptoms presented from supine hypotensive syndrome can be largely abated by making slow and deliberate movements and transitions between changing body positions.
Additional symptoms for the eighth month of pregnancy may include:
|Increase in Braxton-Hicks contractions, as your body begins to prepare itself for labor||Anxiety, nervousness, fear, agitation|
|Increased back and pelvic area pain||Constipation|
|Increasingly frequent vaginal discharge||Rapid weight gain|
|Blurry vision||Swelling and Edema symptoms|
|Growth of facial hair||Increasing breathing difficulties|
|Backaches, body aches, stomach aches||Braxton Hicks contractions|
|Fatigue and lethargy||Depression and mood swings|
|Odd food cravings||Bloating and gassiness|
|Migraines||“Pregnancy Brain” – forgetfulness, absentmindedness, distractibility|
|Binge eating||Carpal-tunnel symptoms such as pain and tingling in the hands and fingers|
|Severely impacted quality of sleep||Leg cramps|
|Heavy, aching, tender breasts||Dehydration|
Your Baby’s Health And Status
Eight Months Pregnant
Week by week
|Week 29||Week 30||Week 31||Week 32|
|Muscles continue to develop as fat accumulates||Brain is undergoing aesthetic changes, transforming from a smooth surface to having a multitude of grooves and creases||Rapidly maturing at a rate faster than ever and growing more intelligent with each passing day||Baby shifts into an upside-down position as it prepares for birth|
|Growing cranial size to accommodate rapid brain development||Maturing of changes to the brain is critically important to necessary space needed for the development of new brain tissues to facilitate intellectual growth||Making innumerable connections between a complex network of trillions of nerve cells||Is comfortably nestled in the space of your uterus with each passing day|
|Increasing nutritional requirements||Disappearance of Lanugo due to evolving brain development and production of fat cells that begin to regulate body temperature||Engaging in a wide array of physical activities such as pedaling sucking thumb and fingers, making faces, swallowing, breathing, hiccupping, waving and turning their head from side to side.||Is accumulating peach fuzz along with rapidly growing fingernails and toenails, and an evolved ability to distinguish between sounds|
|Increase of physical activity via practice of various abilities and senses||Red blood cell production is now facilitated by bone marrow||Rapidly learning how to process information by utilizing all five senses||Developing brain patterns similar to those found in adults; thus enabling the ability to dream while inside the womb|
|Hardening of bones and skeletal system takes place||Critical shift of blood cell production formerly facilitated by the spleen, resulting in optimal physical functionality and ability to thrive in initial moments outside the womb||On the precipice of a massive growth spurt||Creates and maintains a regular sleep cycle|
|Is roughly the length of a small pumpkin||Is roughly the length of a zucchini||Is roughly the length of a coconut||Is now nearly the size of an actual newborn and is poised in an upside-down position, ready for birth|
Tips And Essential Information
Eight Months Pregnant
- Calm and soothe early contractions by drinking plenty of water and other fluids, in addition to obtaining relaxation and rest
- At this point in your pregnancy, your healthcare provider will likely request you begin a “kick count” to gauge the level of activity of your baby. If you notice a decrease in baby’s activity, your healthcare provider may order a “nonstress test” or a test referred to as a “biophysical profile” to review your baby’s health profile
- Painful leg cramps can be alleviated by gentle stretching and flexing, along with getting plenty of calcium and potassium in your diet. Try foods like sunflower seeds, green beans, carrots, and dairy products for great sources of calcium. Potassium can be easily obtained through foods such as bananas, spinach, avocado, and broccoli. Remember that the calcium you take in makes its way directly to your baby’s bones, strengthening and hardening them
- Try your absolute best to avoid indulging in cravings for sweets, fast food, and processed foods. With the big day coming up, it is more important than ever to eat nutritious foods to provide your little one with the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals
- Make an effort to enjoy your last week of pre-baby “independence.” Enjoy this period of freedom by taking part in enjoyable activities such as going to a movie, having a romantic dinner, or going on a fun outing with your partner
- Regularly apply creams, lotions, or oils to relieve itchy skin and improve the appearance of red and inflamed stretch marks
- Make it a goal to eat plenty of high-quality protein to support the growth of healthy cells throughout your baby’s body. Great sources of protein include steak, chicken, fish, and turkey.
- Try sleeping and resting on your side to alleviate many of the body aches and pains you are experiencing. These positions are also beneficial to baby as it improves circulation and results in the placenta receiving an increased amount of nutrients
- If your baby exhibits any concerning symptoms of development and overall growth, your doctor may elect to do a thirty-week ultrasound
- While itchy skin during pregnancy is extremely common, it can also indicate the rare liver condition obstetric cholestasis. If you experience severe itching on your feet, fingers, and hands, make an appointment with your doctor immediately
- One in ten women will experience severe depression during pregnancy. If you are overwhelmed by sadness and anxiety, make an appointment with your doctor healthcare provider to see what options may be available for you
To-do List And Reminders
Eight Months Pregnant
Your primary goals for month eight of pregnancy should be:
|Keep looking out for preeclampsia symptoms||Stock up on important items such as breast pads|
|Research your health insurance policy and ensure your birthing location is covered by your policy||Schedule your thirty-week prenatal visit|
|Start counting your baby’s kicks and share the number with your healthcare provider||Consider taking antenatal and childbirth classes with your partner to emotionally bond and prepare for the big day|
|Pack a delivery day bag for the hospital and include a change of clothing, toothbrush, toothpaste, healthy snacks, slippers, a comfortable pillow, cozy blanket, nursing bra, and a camera if desired||Practice different readiness positions for the labor process. Read up on stretching positions to help dilate the cervix to gently coax baby towards the big day|
|Practice breathing exercises to be well prepared during labor||Start planning your big day travel route. Ensure that you have a car seat, as most hospitals will not allow you to depart the facility without one|
Adipose tissue: Your little one will accumulate a great deal of brown fat, also known as adipose tissue, which comprises about five percent of its overall body mass. Adipose tissue is very different from white fat and is crucially important to ensure that hypothermia does not occur
Obstetric cholestasis: Obstetric Cholestasis, also known as Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy is a liver disease affecting 1 out of every 140 pregnancies. This disease involves the flow of bile becoming impaired, resulting in a buildup and harmful elements that have the potential to enter the bloodstream
Breech birth: Breech births are when a baby is born feet first and occur at a rate of three to five percent of all births
Cool Things to Know
- You may be surprised to know that employers are not required to let you take maternity leave. While many employers are mandated by the Family and Medical Leave Act to let their full-time employees have up to twelve weeks of unpaid family leave after the birth of a child, there are many exceptions to the rule. Exceptions can include employees who are at part-time status, newer employees, and employees working within companies that have less than fifty employees in total
- After birth, baby’s eyes will have 20/400 vision, rendering them able to only identify objects just a few inches away
- The loosening of joints and ligaments can result in your becoming permanently wider and may require you to go up a shoe size
Ready to find out what’s next on your exciting new journey?