8 Months Pregnant
— Period to experience more severe pregnancy symptoms
This is the most severe period for aches and pains. Probably you are going through different stages during pregnancy month 8. For a minute you want your pregnancy to end and for the next minute you wish to have it. Day-by-day you are getting more closure to the final day of your pregnancy. Now this is the time to make your birthing plan. Now you need to decide about the birthing procedures like epidural and C-section. Being aware of these procedures will help you to know what to expect.
Don’t make yourself busy in researching and knowing the things for the delivery. Also make time foryourself to relax and rest. Now you are just little away from your long awaited time. For some time you may feel relieved and for the next time you may feel about what will happen. This is the time to enjoy those wonderful moments with your partner.
Increased Braxton-Hicks contractions: During 8th month of pregnancy, you may experience more frequent contractions. This indicates a sign that, you are very near to your due date. Also these contractions indicate that the uterus is practicing for the upcoming delivery. In case you experience more painful contractions that last for more time, then immediately call your obstetrician.
Increased belly size: As the days pass, your belly becomes more visible and larger. You may feel more intense muscle cramps because of the uterus pushing on the muscles and also the skin covering the abdomen.
Increased back pain:As the due date comes nearer, the problems associated with pregnancy will also increase. Among those, back pain is the most painful symptom of pregnancy. With the increased body weight or changes in the center of gravity of the body or because of certain hormonal disturbances during pregnancy can lead to back pain. So, in order to get relief from this debilitating pregnancy symptom, you should do exercises and walking.
Frequent urination: As the growing uterus puts more pressure on your bladder, you may need to take more frequent bathroom visits. You may also experience stress incontinence, which is minor dripping or leakage of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or make any sudden movements.
Vagina discharge: Increased vaginal discharge is the most common problem experienced particularly during pregnancy third trimester. When you are 8 months pregnant, you may also observe secretion of the pale green mucus, which protects the uterus by sealing the cervix. In the part of birth preparation, the cervix becomes more elastic thus causing the mucus leakage.
Joint pain:It is the most common pregnancy symptom that many women experience particularly during pregnancy third trimester. Most women worry that this joint disease will continue for the rest of their life. But it is totally wrong;it will disappear during your postpartum recovery period.
There are some other pregnancy symptoms that you experience when you are 8 months pregnant. They include: colostrum leakage, bleeding gums, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, heartburn, constipation, tender or swollen breasts, skin and hair changes, leg cramps and minor vision changes, round ligament pain or soreness.
What happens with your baby when you are 8 months pregnant?
When you reach pregnancy month 8, your baby weighs up to five pounds and he/she is about the length of eighteen inches. Though you may feel that your baby is moving around the belly, actually he/she sleeps up to 90-95 percent of the day. This figure only drops a little after the birth.
When you are in pregnancy month 8, the baby starts to move into head down position, which is known as vertex position. Even the baby is born during this month; he/she has an excellent chance of survival outside the womb.
Baby’s weight: During the 8th and 9th months of pregnancy, your baby will gain half of the weight that he/she will be at the time of birth. So, the diet you take is most important when you are 8 months pregnant. Eat smaller amounts as much as possible to reduce bloating, constipation and gas.
Lung development:Baby’s lungs will continue to develop and they are getting ready to survive outside the womb. Lung development will be completed only during the 9th month of pregnancy.
Bone development:Baby’s bones continue to develop until the time of birth. The skeleton is completely formed, but the bones are still soft and pliable. It is completely normal and eases the fleeting process from your vagina at the time of birth.
Baby’s skin:Slowly wrinkles on the baby’s skin will start to disappear and the skin becomes less transparent. As the baby grows, he/she will have more fat deposits under the skin. The more the fat deposits your baby has, the higher the weight that he/she gains by birth. The baby should have sufficient fat deposits, because it helps to regulate the body’s temperature in the environment colder than the uterus.
What are the physical changes that occur in an8 months pregnant woman?
You may feel slight moderate pain in your abdomen, particularly around your rib cage. You may also notice the discharge of yellowish fluid from your breasts, which is completely normal for pregnant women.
Back pain is the most common symptoms during pregnancy and it will be more severe during the third trimester. Most women experience breast tenderness, so make sure to wear good supporting bra.Also it is usual to experience swelling of the feet and hands.
What care should be taken by an 8 months pregnant woman?
Take vitamin supplements regularly:Most pregnant women may notice low iron levels during this month. So, it is important to take iron supplements regularly. Also, you can consume foods rich in iron, such as green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables, red meat and cereals. Calcium supplements are also necessary for sufficient bone growth in you and your baby.
Enough fluid intakes: During the 8th and 9th months of pregnancy, hydrating yourself is very much essential. Drink 8-10 glasses of water and you can also consume fresh fruit juices. If you have the habit of drinking coffee, tea or any other beverages, cut their intake because they will dehydrate your body.
Take enough rest:This is the time to take enough rest and make sure that you are stress free. The more you relax during this period, the more it will be easier for your delivery.