This is the eighth month of pregnancy, the most beautiful journey or the path to motherhood. This month marks the nearing of the delivery time and the busy schedule ahead. This is the month to relax your mind and prepare yourself for the welcome of your little one.
The Path To Motherhood – Eighth Month Of Pregnancy
What to expect in the eighth month of pregnancy
During the eighth month of Pregnancy, you will experience problems related to your ever-growing belly and your weight. You and the baby would be rapidly gaining weight and it would become tougher to go around your day to day activity without getting breathless and tired. You may expect following in the eighth month of pregnancy.
By the eighth month of pregnancy, your baby grows in weight and moves downward in the pelvic region preparing itself for the delivery. Carrying extra weight on your belly makes you extremely fatigued and breathless throughout the day. Take regular breaks from your work and rest with your feet high.
Food cravings and appetite
With each passing week of pregnancy, you would feel hungrier day by day. You may have food cravings and also an increased appetite. Satisfy your cravings and eat well balanced and nutrient-rich food for proper nutrition of yourself and your little one. Eat nutritious food to have a healthy weight baby. So, take care of your diet and have frequent meals instead of large meals.
Heartburn, Indigestion, and constipation
Heartburn, indigestion, and constipation continue throughout the pregnancy. As the baby moves down in the pelvic region, pressure on your stomach increases. Avoid oily and spicy food and keep yourself hydrated and eat lots of green leafy vegetables and fibre-rich foods to avoid heartburn and constipation.
By the end of the eighth month of pregnancy, your belly size grows big enough for your baby and makes it very inconvenient to move around. Stretch marks would be visible and your belly skin would become dry and itchy. Avoid itching with your nails to prevent permanent marks instead keep your skin well moisturized by applying oil or cream.
During the eighth month of pregnancy, your legs, ankles, arms and even your face may show swelling. Avoid tight clothing, socks or stockings. Take breaks from one position and prevent sitting down for long durations, lie down with your feet up. Consult your doctor if you have too much swelling.
Insomnia or sleeplessness is common in the later months of pregnancy due to the increased weight around your belly. Hormonal rush, frequent urination and your baby’s activity keep you away for a good night’s sleep. Always sleep on your left side and support yourself with enough cushions.
The hormonal rush inside your body preparing you for your delivery would be causing anxiety, eagerness, happiness, excitement, confusion, and even sense of insecurity must be quite overwhelming for you. All this is normal and would soon be adjusted.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
You must have been experiencing Braxton Hicks Contractions since last month but this month they will be more frequent. Observe the frequency of contractions and if they are too frequent then you might be undergoing early onset of labour. Consult your doctor and stay calm.
Your breasts become larger and denser and the nipple becomes darker and your body prepares itself for the nursing of the baby. Nursing pads or breast pads can help prevent an embarrassing situation due to leaky breasts.
In the eighth month of pregnancy, you would suffer from urine leakage when you a cough, sneeze or lift heavy objects. You may also suffer from stress incontinence. Do breathing exercises to calm your nerves. Kegel exercises would help you battle incontinence and also helps to strengthen your pelvic muscles. Plastic sheeting on the bed and padding up helps in incontinence. Always keep a towel handy with you.
The most exciting part – Development of the baby during the eighth month of pregnancy
The little one grows very fast and by the end of the eighth month of pregnancy, it prepares itself for the birth. The baby starts gaining weight.
The little sound of happiness
Length of the baby: around 16 inches long.
The weight of the baby: around 2.2 kg.
Baby development during the eighth month of pregnancy
- From the onset of the eighth month of pregnancy, the baby starts steadily gaining weight.
- Baby’s kidneys start functioning well and more cortisol is produced. The amniotic fluid also starts diminishing.
- For a baby boy, testicles slowly migrate way down his abdomen and for a baby girl, her vulva would have been formed.
- The vernix caseosa still covers baby’s skin but Lanugo, the soft hair on the skin start disappearing slowly.
- Brain neurons continue to multiply at a fast rate and rapid cognitive development occurs in the brain.
- Baby’s Iris shows a response to light and dilates and contract.
- Hearing power also greatly improves and respond to the similar music or lullaby even after birth.
- Baby gains much weight during this month. As the growth increases, the place for the baby to swim around decreases.
- Muscles and tissues of the baby develop prominently in this month as compared to the last month.
- Alveoli of your baby’s lungs would be coated with a chemical called attractant that helps in breathing.
- Baby now has three fixed states as of sleep, awake or crying.
- Baby starts moving down and by the end of the eighth month, it settles down mostly in cephalic (head down)position in the pelvic region.
What to expect at the doctor’s office
The Ob/Gyn would conduct regular tests during the eight months of pregnancy.
- The Doctor would record your blood pressure and your weight.
- The urine sample will be collected and checked for proteins or any bacterial infection.
- Blood sugar levels will also be tested for gestational diabetes.
- Fetal growth and heartbeat will be monitored.
- The Fetal position would be also regularly checked.
- You would visit for a regular checkup every fortnight.
Diet during the eighth month of pregnancy
By the eighth month of pregnancy, you must be feeling a lot hungrier and literally eating for two. This is the time when you should pay more attention to nutrition as the cognitive development of the baby takes place during this trimester. Diet during the eighth month of pregnancy should be rich in nutrients as this is the time when baby grows and gains weight.
- Emphasize more on nutrients for the overall development of your little one. Essential nutrients like folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamins, and minerals are required. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits and nuts.
- Folic acid helps your body to produce extra blood and complete development of your baby. Iron is very important otherwise it may result in anaemia and may cause other problems during pregnancy. Eat beetroot, carrots, spinach etc. for iron.
- Calcium helps in the development of bones and keeps them strong. Magnesium helps the absorption of calcium. Dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese, cheese are essential for the proper growth of your baby.
- DHA is also very important for the development of baby’s brain. So, walnuts and flax seeds etc. should be added to your daily diet.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet by including fruits, green, leafy vegetables, nuts and dairy products. Avoid eating large meals but eat small meals at frequent intervals.
Some of the major things that you must include in your diet plan are as follows:
|What should you eat?||What should you avoid eating?|
|· Include Folic Acid and vitamins and minerals like zinc, iron, iodine etc. in your diet by including broccoli, dark green vegetables, and citrus fruits||· Don’t eat food accounting for two people|
|· Eat more leafy vegetables and fruits. Pay attention to fibre.||· Say completely “NO” to alcohol and Smoking.|
|· Include whole grain foods, brans, and cereals.||· Limit your caffeine content|
|· Increase the amount of calcium in your diet and increase your daily intake like milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese etc.||· Stop eating greasy, spicy and junk food. Avoid high sodium content by saying no to packed foods|
|· Increase protein intake by taking more legumes, pulses etc.||· Ban out bacteria|
Precautions during the eighth month of pregnancy
- During the eighth month of pregnancy, with each passing day, waiting becomes tough but be patient and keep yourself calm and relaxed.
- Keep yourself well nourished by eating leafy vegetables and fruits. Keep yourself hydrated to avoid constipation.
- Avoid staying in one posture for longer duration and take frequent breaks and rest by keeping your feet up to reduce swelling.
- Sleep on the left side and support your back with cushions.
- Sit straight while sitting to avoid straining your sciatica. Do not slouch while sitting.
- Wear comfortable cotton clothes and avoid tight, synthetic fabric clothing.
- Wear flat, comfortable footwear.
- Avoid junk and spicy, greasy food to avoid constipation and heartburn.
- Do breathing exercises and some basic exercises with consultation with your doctor. Go for regular walks in the fresh air despite lethargy to keep yourself fit and active.
- Avoid lifting weights and making any fast, sudden movements.
Reminder to keep in your mind
Here is the eighth-month pregnancy tip
The eighth month of pregnancy is a beautiful time wherein this phase would soon end with a beautiful lifetime gift for you. Enjoy this month and keep yourself in a positive state and prepare yourself emotionally and mentally for a happy and great parenthood.
“Enjoy your Path to Mom. Relish every moment!”
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