You’re in the homestretch now and 8 Months Pregnant! It won’t be long before you and your baby become even more acquainted than you already are! Although this is an exciting prospect, you may also begin to feel impatient and irritable as you belly becomes bigger and restricts some of your normal activities. As hard as it may be, it is best for both you and your baby if you get as much rest as possible during this time. You should take full advantage of this time to rest-up because once your baby arrives, you may forget what the word “rest” even means. Try to remind yourself of this if you become bored or restless. After all, it won’t be long now!
As your baby gets bigger and bigger, you and your little one may both begin feeling a bit cramped. You may also start to feel some moderate pain in your abdomen, especially around your rib cage. Your baby’s kicks are likely intense at this point—especially early in the month— and you may feel like a personal punching and kicking bag for your baby. As your baby crowds your lungs, you may find it hard to breath, though changing positions may help relieve this sensation. You may also notice some yellowish liquid oozing from your breasts. Do not be alarmed; this substance is called colostrum, and its presence is a sign that your body is getting ready to feed your newborn once he arrives. As your due date becomes closer, you will begin seeing your doctor every two weeks instead of monthly as you did before. You may also start experiencing practice contractions, commonly called Braxton Hicks contractions. This is yet another way that your body is preparing for the delivery of your baby. It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between these and real contractions, however, especially if you’re a new mom, so if they concern you at all, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
By the end of the eighth month, all of your baby’s organs, except for the lungs, will be almost completely developed. Toward the end of this month, you may start to notice that the baby is not moving as much as usual—don’t worry; this is not an indication that anything is wrong—your little one is simply running out of room to do the acrobats you’ve become so accustomed to. In fact, by the end of this month, your baby could weigh up to five pounds, although weight can begin to vary more and more as your baby’s delivery nears. Length can also vary, but is typically between sixteen and eighteen inches at this stage. Your baby may also begin to position himself for delivery!
It may be a good time to start practicing your breathing and go over your delivery plan this month. Although it is certainly not the norm, premature labor can happen at any time now. Rest assured that if it does occur, your baby is developed enough at this point that he or she will survive and likely, thrive. Making your birth plan can help relax your nerves a bit as you begin thinking about the big day. You should also begin considering whether or not you will breastfeed. Although this is the most natural and nutritious way to feed your baby, breastfeeding is a very personal decision, and there is no right or wrong decision—only one that will work best for you and your baby. You should also make payment arrangements with the hospital for the birth and care of your newborn. Doing this now will take the pressure off a little so that you can enjoy this special time with your family.
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