Hang in there! Things will look and feel difficult in the last trimester of your pregnancy and month 8 is all about relaxing your mind.
As your body prepares itself for the oncoming labor you tend to feel breathless, irritated, stuffy, moody and nervous.
But it is all going to be worth it – really!
Your Mantra for 8th Month Of Pregnancy Care – Just Breathe!
This is a time when you struggle to cope with your growing baby inside and the annoying bowel movements. Manage your expectations about what is to come in the next few weeks as well. That should help you settle down faster with your condition. The feeling of being pregnant will actually sink in from now onward, as you get into the mothering mode, planning and shopping for your baby to arrive.
8th Month Pregnancy Care – What To Expect?
Care during 8th month of pregnancy is very important. There are plenty of changes seen and felt in the last trimester of your pregnancy. Make sure you understand the reasons behind these changes:
- You will find yourself easily flustered, annoyed and confused. Breathing helps you to calm down with your waging thoughts.
- Accept the fact that you are now with a proper pregnant body. There is no way out escaping from comments like “You look so big” “where is the bump” “I think you will have a huge baby”. Your bump size may be big or small. Do not panic at the casual comments thrown randomly at you. Remember, the size of your belly has nothing to do with the size of the baby!
- The anxiety of having a baby can be overwhelming. You will find yourself constantly nervous and insecure. This is mostly because of the hormonal shifts happening inside of you.
- You are likely to adjust to your pregnant condition by the end of this month.
[ Read: Precautions During 9th Month Pregnancy ]
Changes In Your Body:
Your bump has grown significantly large by this time. The rest of the body will be fast adjusting to the changes. These changes are not very pleasant:
- You will suffer from urine leakage every now and then as you cough, sneeze or lift heavy objects. This will leave you both frustrated and embarrassed. Understand that this is nature’s way of adjusting to the baby inside. Do Kegel Exercises to battle incontinence.
- The fluid retention increases from this month making your hands and feet swell.
- Frequent breathlessness haunts you like never before. This is because the growing bump makes your lungs and diaphragm compress.
- Heartburn and constipation continue to ruffle you.
- Hot flashes and dizziness will also be a part of your routine.
[ Read: Hot Flashes During Pregnancy ]
- Braxton Hicks or false contractions will be more felt as your body gears up for a mock rehearsal of labor. You will feel your uterus harden and release, imitating a real contraction.
- Colostrum continues to leak from your nipples as your breasts prepare for the oncoming lactation.
- There will be reduction in amniotic fluid inside your womb by the end of month 8. A little bit of the fluid escapes every now and then and you will know when the leakage happens. Amniotic fluid looks and smells very different from urine.
- Do not be surprised if you find yourself impatient and annoyed. This is the phase where the ‘waiting time’ runs out. You will feel as if you have been pregnant for a lifetime and that your baby is taking ages to come out.
- There will be moments of acceptance as well as fear about being a parent. You will see yourself in a self-reflective mode all the time about being a mom.
[ Read: Kegel Exercises During Pregnancy ]
Changes In Your Baby:
Below are some key changes that are happening to your baby at this time:
- Your baby would have settled in the cephalic (head down) position by this time. Your ante natal checks will continue to check the status of your baby’s position till week 40.
- Diminishing amniotic fluid signifies that your baby’s kidneys have started to function. More cortisol is produced by the kidneys.
- In case of a boy, the testicles are slowly migrating way down his abdomen. In case of a girl, her vulva would have been formed. The pregnancy hormones cause your baby’s scrotum to appear swollen at birth. Same holds good for the girl.
- The vernix caseosa that covers your baby’s skin will continue to do its job. Lanugo, a soft downy hair on the skin will now begin to disappear slowly.
- Rapid cognitive development occurs in the brain. The neurons continue to multiply at fast rate as your baby begins to understand and connect with you even from inside.
- Your baby will gain about 6 pounds by the end of this month and measures about 50 centimeters long.
- There is less space to swim around for your baby inside as the growth increases.
Precautions During 8th Month Of Pregnancy:
There are plenty of things that you need to pay attention to from the onset to the end of this month. Here are some 8th month pregnancy precautions that you should follow carefully.
1. Breathing Exercises:
You will feel very breathless. It is important now that you breathe more. Breathing easy is understandably tough but you have to keep going.
[ Read: Breathing Exercises During Pregnancy ]
2. Kegel Exercises:
Engage in Kegel Exercises during pregnancy as you battle with incontinence. These exercises not only relieve you from the condition but the stretches will strengthen your pelvic muscles.
3. Keep Yourself Hydrated:
As you continue to fight it out with issues like constipation, heartburn and dropping blood sugar, keeping yourself hydrated helps you a lot.
- Drink lots of water, fruit juices and fluids to replenish your system with minerals.
- Staying hydrated simultaneously helps to take care of your Constipation as well.
4. Good Posture:
Maintaining a good posture at all times is an absolute must.
- Continue to sleep on your left side.
- If the discomfort is more now than in the previous months, just cushion up and lie down comfortably.
- Sitting straight with a good back support helps you avoid putting pressure on your sciatica nerve as well.
5. Breast Feeding And Diaper Training:
This is the right time to attend some workshops in your hospital about breast feeding and diaper changing classes.
- This is more useful for the first time mothers.
- You will socialize with others who are sailing in the same boat and complaining of similar discomforts. Sharing makes life easy.
6. Birth Plan:
You may want to draw a birth plan now.
- Choose on what kind of birth you would like to give, who should be around while you do so, etc.
- This helps you streamline your choices at the last moment.
7. Plastic Sheeting:
You can attach plastic sheeting to your mattress now if the leakage is very frequent.
- Also, padding up helps while you deal with stress incontinence.
- This may sound too early, but bracing yourself for a water break anytime now is necessary. Keep a towel handy wherever you go.
8. Food And Diet:
Make sure to eat a nutritious diet, whether or not you feel hungry.
- Your baby is on the verge of growth spurt inside and your diet will largely determine the weight at the time of birth.
- Eat short, fulfilling meals at regular intervals if large meals look too much.
You will absolutely hate working out. But doing those basic stretches and yoga is a must.
- Before starting have a word with your doctor.
- Consult your trainer to practice some easy postures.
[ Read: Gym Workout During Pregnancy ]
10. Delegate Work:
This is the time to stop being a lone superwoman.
- Delegate chores to others as much as you can while getting the required rest.
- If you are used to working overtime at office, you may want to take a step back from here on.
1. Foods to Avoid:
You will be battling with heartburn and constipation and hence it is necessary to avoid certain foods at this juncture like:
- Oily Foods
- Spicy Foods
- Junk Foods
- Foods that contain acids
- Foods that trigger constipation
[ Read: Spicy Food During Pregnancy ]
2. Smoking, Alcohol And Drugs:
Needless to say, these are a strict NO.
- It’s time to get rid of all those addictions to welcome your baby with a fresher perspective in life.
- In case you are battling addiction, join a support group that will help you cope with the withdrawal issues.
You are dealing with a lot of emotional and physical stress, but worrying about things will have a direct impact on your baby.
- Stay away from negative thoughts, hostile environments and loud places.
- You need to instill peace and calm as much as possible to better your situation.
[ Read: Stress During Pregnancy ]
- Invest some time in planning a small and quiet getaway with your partner. Share your feelings of becoming parents and the prospects ahead. Sharing helps reduce a lot of strain on your brain.
- If you are a single mom and do not want such a participation with a partner, do the same thing with a group of good friends. Take a small holiday and take it easy.
Pregnancy is a life changing experience. There will be a lot happening in the days to come. This is the perfect time to unwind and relax as much as you can!
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