Eighth Month Pregnancy - List of Symptoms and Body Changes

Eighth Month Pregnancy - List of Symptoms and Body Changes

Eighth Month Pregnancy - List of Symptoms and Body Changes

So far, it’s been a long journey - tough, fulfilling, painful, and yet beautiful. Slowly and steadily, you have created a life inside your body, and still doing so. The center of your world has been your child since the day you knew that you are expecting. And, you have been preparing for its arrival constantly, maybe even in your subconscious. You are now almost towards the end of this 9-month-long journey. As you enter this eighth month, you need to start getting ready and prepare yourself to go to labor any time now. Weeks 32-35 are generally said to be the eighth month of pregnancy, and your due date will be around the 40th week. But very women give birth on their due date and give birth between 37 and 42 weeks. The baby is full term at the end of the 37th week.  

You very well have the possibility of going to labor this month, and, no don’t freak out now. You still have time, and get ready for your big day.  

Your Baby at 8 Months  

The cognitive development of your baby happens progressively in this month. Your baby’s brain starts having newborn-style brainwaves. The kidneys develop fully. Other organs will also rapidly develop this month. The nails grow as well, and by the end of this month, the size of the nails may extend beyond the fingertips.  

By the end of this month, your baby will be the size of a honeydew melon, around 16.5 to 18 inches long, and weighing about 4 to 6 pounds. 

What Changes Does Your Body Go Through? 

Your baby will slowly begin to settle in your pelvis as you approach your delivery date. Because of that, you may find your baby bump hanging lower. You will gain about a pound this month.  

1. Varicose Veins 

Swollen veins that bulge at the surface of your skin are known as varicose veins. It's a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom, so don't worry about it. These are inherited characteristics that your mother or grandmother most likely passed down to you. They occur when the uterus exerts pressure on the main vein that returns blood from the feet and legs to the heart (the inferior vena cava).  

There are, however, a few things that may be done to prevent them. Consult your doctor before starting a low-impact exercise program, sleep on your left side to ease pressure on the inferior vena cava, walk as much as you can, and avoid crossing your legs while sitting. Also, try to raise your feet as much as you can.

2. Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids are varicose veins that develop in the rectal area. This can be avoided by eating a high-fiber diet and staying hydrated. If they do arise, an ice pack or a warm bath may provide some relief. 

3. Frequent Urination  

Eight months down, and still the urge to pee repeatedly doesn’t leave you, and you are just too much tired of your frequent trips to the washroom. Tiring indeed. Well, during the first months, this was the result of the increase in the levels of your hormones such as progesterone and hCG. But at this stage, it’s your growing baby putting pressure on your bladder. But, do seek medical help in case you experience a burning sensation while urinating or have fever and chills. 

4. Shortness of Breath  

Feeling uneasy while breathing has been troubling you a lot, right? Your uterus is pressed against your diaphragm by your growing child, causing it to move up to 4 cm from its pregnant position. The lungs are more compressed as a result of this. You will experience shortness of breath as a result of this. 

Aerobic exercises enhance your breathing, and thus they are your go-to exercises if you want to overcome shortness of breath. Apart from that, simply relaxing helps. When you're anxious, your breath tends to get shorter. So, relaxing is of utmost importance. But again, do consult your doctor before jumping into exercises. Because, every pregnancy is different, and what suits another mom, may not suit you. 

5. Fatigue  

During the initial months, the hormonal changes were making you feel tired and nauseous and you were full of emotions. But now, as your baby grows, you are putting on extra weight tiring you. With your growing bump, it may even become difficult for you to sleep. Make sure you get proper nutrition and rest. The more you rest, the better you will feel. 

6. Dizziness  

Pregnant women frequently experience dizziness. You had dizziness in your first trimester, and it won't go away in the succeeding trimesters, unfortunately. When it comes to dizziness this month, the expanding size of your uterus may put pressure on your blood vessels, causing you to feel dizzy. Lying on your back can also induce dizziness because it causes your uterus to expand, limiting blood flow from your lower extremities to the heart. Other concerns may also be welcomed. Your dizziness could also be due to gestational diabetes. Dizziness can also be caused by low blood pressure or hyperemesis gravidarum. 

7. Leg Cramps 

It is believed that leg cramps are a result of the extra weight causing stress on your legs, although the exact cause remains unknown. Nerves and blood vessels going down your legs are also strained by your growing baby. According to some experts, lack of calcium and the way the body processes calcium may also lead to cramps. Changes in blood circulation may be another cause of leg cramps.  

Also, ensure that you get adequate sleep. Your brain transmits signals to your muscles all the time, and these signals might be disturbed if you don't get enough sleep. Muscle tension arises as a result.  

8. Stress  

Your world is going to change in the next two months it has changed already a lot, and it’s normal to feel stressed. You might be stressed about your delivery, and worried about your baby’s health. You might be wondering if you will be a good mom. You might also feel anxious thinking of all the responsibilities of a mother, and things like expectations of your in-laws and so on. There’s a lot on your plate at the moment, and if not you, who else will feel stressed? We get you. But moms, too much stress is not good for you and your baby’s health. Try to be calm, and have faith in yourself. Take good care of yourself and everything will fall into place. Try meditation and yoga. They help calm your mind and promote good sleep. Read good books, listen to good music. Simple tasks like these will help you a lot in stress management, and promote your mental well-being. 

9. Braxton Hicks Contractions 

Braxton Hicks contractions are a type of cyclical abdominal tightening. They're contractions in the uterus that occur before you give birth. They can help tone the muscles in your uterus while also preparing the cervix for birth. Braxton Hicks contractions do not initiate labor or herald the start of it. For you, these will act as your practice contractions before going to labor. 

10. Skin Stretching 

Your baby is still growing, and your cute bump continues to grow as well, stretching your skin. This gives rise to stretch marks. Stay hydrated, and use natal-safe, gentle lotions, and oils to avoid them. 

Shopping List for Pregnant Moms

You are welcoming your baby soon, and you have so much to do. Stepping into a whole new world takes so much work, and preparation is the key task. Shopping for yourself and your newborn is one of the most important things that you need to do. And, you must start shopping from now instead of shopping at the eleventh hour creating a mess. Listed below are a few things that you may need. Have a look.

  1. Natal-safe lotions, creams, or oils for stretch marks
  2. Larger bras
  3. Larger sized clothes (because now that your bump is adorably popped-out, and you have gained weight too, the earlier ones may not fit you

For delivery and post-delivery

  1. Bathrobe
  2. Towels
  3. Slippers
  4. Prenatal vitamins, stool softening pills, pain relievers (to be taken after consulting the doctor) 
  5. Pregnancy-safe shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer
  6. Loose clothes
  7. Newborn onesies
  8. Nursing bra
  9. Nursing pads
  10. Sanitary pads
  11. Baby bathtub
  12. Waterproof mattresses
  13. Crib
  14. Crib bumper and sheets
  15. Mosquito net for the baby
  16. Diapers

Eighth Month Pregnancy Checklist  

1) Start looking for good pediatricians for your little ones.  

2) Look for, and research good childcare methods and options.  

3) Start shopping for your baby.  

4) Start thinking names. Trust me, you will have a hard-time selecting that one particular name that will define your child. And, with every loved one suggesting names, it’s a pretty daunting task for you. So, start now. 


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