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Pregnancy Month 8

31 to 34 Weeks
Posted : Monday, January 01, 1900

Your baby is about 18 inches long and weighs about 5 ½ pounds

What Is Happening With You And Your Body:

  • You may have trouble sitting or lying down for long periods of time.
  • You may have a problem breathing when the baby pushes against your lungs. The uterus is now near your rib cage.
  • You can feel parts of the baby through your abdomen.
  • You may need to urinate more often, as the baby's head crowds your bladder, and your vaginal secretions increase.
  • You may have hemorrhoids and heartburn.
  • You may sweat and begin to tire more easily.

    What Is Happening With Your Baby:

  • Your baby's eyes are open.
  • The skin is smooth because fat begins to fill out the wrinkles and downy hair gradually disappears.
  • Your baby is active with patterns of sleep and wakefulness.
  • Your baby may settle into the position for birth.
  • The baby is usually mature enough to survive if it is born now.
  • Your baby is about 18 inches long and weighs about 5 ½ pounds (a weight gain of 2 pounds).

    Common Discomforts During This Time of Your Pregnancy:

  • Ankle / Foot Swelling
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Breast Leakage
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Constipation
  • Contractions (Braxton-Hicks)
  • Dizziness
  • Enlarging Belly / Breasts
  • Flatulence
  • Frequent Urination
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Increased Perspiration
  • Increased Vaginal Discharge
  • Leg Cramps
  • Ligament Pain (Sharp pulling sensation on either side of the lower abdomen)
  • Light headed and dizzy
  • Lower Backache
  • Sleeplessness
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vision Changes