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Eighth Month Pregnancy- Baby & Mother Development, Symptoms, Health & Diet Tips


Eighth Month Pregnancy: Symptoms, Development, and Tips

 

You are almost to the end of the beautiful journey of pregnancy. Eight months is considered very crucial for a pregnant woman. The baby is fully grown and it just takes it time to come out. Let us see what are the considerable changes in the body of the mother and the child.

 

Development in the mother in the eighth month of pregnancy.

The baby bump in the mother is grown larger and urinary incontinence has crept in. It is quite common that you may face a small amount of urine leakage when you sneeze, laugh, or cough. Here are some common symptoms you may suffer from:

 

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions that are irregular tummy tightening
  • Heartburn may happen due to the increased size of the uterus that puts pressure on the diaphragm.
  • General discomfort due to the increased size of your tummy.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Weight Gain and difficult movements.
  • Anxiety.
  • Itchy skin as the tummy has grown bigger which causes a stretch in the skin.
  • Frequent urination.

Other than these physical changes, you may feel emotional as you know that you are soon to give birth to a child. Anxiety, Impatience, Nervousness, and annoyance are quite common. Before you settle into the blend of these feelings, you will see that it is time to deliver the child.

The amniotic fluid inside your womb that cushions the baby reduces at this time.

 

Development in the baby in the eighth month of pregnancy.

 

Your baby growing fast now. The neural processing of the sounds and light information happens very fast in your baby. The displacement of the baby testicles for baby boy and vulva in the girls happens during this time. Also, the soft hair that covers the baby’s skin sheds during this time, and the baby’s skin starts to mature.

 

Tips for the mother for the eighth month of the pregnancy.

 

Basic Tip:

  • Visit your doctor as she will monitor the position and the movement of the baby.
  • Get the check-up for the amniotic fluid levels.
  • Sleep on the left side of the body for the better  flow of blood to your child’s body.

Diet Tip:

  • Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables that give you vitamins and minerals.
  • Consume carbohydrates to keep up the level of energy.
  • Protein is essential for the growth of the body structure. Do not stop eating, thinking that by the eighth month, the child has developed.
  • Eat fats that are healthy and needed by the body. Avoid processed food and cheese.
  • Include zinc, calcium, folic acid, and fiber in your diet.
  • Plenty of oral fluid

Exercise Tips:

  • In the eighth month, you must exercise. It helps the baby settle in the pelvis area.
  • Exercise only under the supervision of an expert.


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