What to Expect-Month 8 of Pregnancy
In month 8 of pregnancy,babies grow rapidly when you’re eight months pregnant and you most likely tired of being pregnant and anxious for your baby’s arrival. If you haven’t already, you should begin setting up a nursery as the countdown begins!
CHANGES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- You’ll continue to gain about a pound a week.
- You may feel discomfort as baby pushes on rib cage or organs.
- Pelvic pressure may increase as baby drops into this area.
- Indigestion and heartburn may become more intense.
- Skin continues stretching and stretch marks may appear
- Braxton Hicks contractions become more regular.
HOW YOUR BABY IS DEVELOPING Your baby’s brainwaves resemble those of a newborn by this time. He may be a foot (12 inches) or more long and weigh about five pounds. Lungs are still developing, but all other organs are complete. Movements may slow as the baby fills more of the uterus and has less room to stretch. By the end of the month, most babies are head down and descending into the pelvic area.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR PRENATAL VISIT THIS MONTH
- Monitoring of your weight, urine, blood pressure and swelling will continue.
- Baby’s growth, heartbeat, size and position will be checked.
- Some caregivers order a second ultrasound at this time to verify baby’s size and position.
- Doctor visits will increase from bi-weekly to weekly starting at the 36th