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Brace Yourself! The Symptoms That Can Worsen At 8 Months of Pregnancy
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  • Once enter Week 32 of your pregnancy, you’re officially in your 8th month. You’re absolutely excited but also anxious at the same time because you’re nearing your due date. Plus, pregnancy symptoms will have peaked now, and they might be more challenging to manage. 

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    At 8 months of your pregnancy, your maternity leave plans, newborn essentials, childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum care should be all be ready. Keep in mind that your baby can also arrive at any minute. You should be fully aware of the signs of labor.

    Don’t worry; the survival rate for a premature birth is high if you give birth now, but your baby may need to spend some time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for a routine check.

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    Alert your doctor know and rush to the hospital immediately if you feel any of the following:

    • Regular, stronger, and longer contractions
    • Breathlessness
    • Sharp pain in your lower abdomen
    • Bleeding
    • Leaked or ruptured water bag
    • Elevated blood pressure
    • Severe headache
    • Blurred vision
    • Sudden swelling weight gain,
    • Vomiting

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    Continue to be mindful of your weight gain, although your appetite may start to wane at this point. Try to keep up with your preggy exercises every other day — yes, even if it’s just going for a walk for 20 to 30 minutes — as long as you’re not overexerting yourself and you have your doctor’s approval. 

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    Nearing your due date, most of your pregnancy symptoms should be the same but a little more challenging to manage. It’s normal to feel like they’re just getting worse as your due date nears. Still, try to pause and appreciate your pregnant body. Cherish your thick, bouncy tresses, your great skin, and that pregnancy glow. 
    Here are the most common symptoms you will feel on the 8th month:

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    Braxton Hicks contractions

    Braxton Hicks or false labor contractions are mild and irregular and don’t increase in intensity or frequency. They go away usually when you shift positions. If the contractions are getting stronger, longer, or more regular, call your doctor immediately.

    Fuller breasts, dark nipples, breast milk leaks

    Most of the skin discolorations on your tummy, underarms, and areolas are hormone-related and go away soon after you have given birth. Your breasts are getting ready for breastfeeding, so they may be a little tender again. Sometimes breast milk leaks happen earlier than expected.

    Itchy skin

    Your belly is still growing, even if you’re on packing on a lot of pounds now. Applying moisturizers should help ease mild itching of the skin and prevent or manage rashes and stretch marks. These are typical pregnancy symptoms, but if it prevents you from getting on with your daily activities, have it checked by your doctor.

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    Constipation

    Your baby’s growth also means more pressure on your whole digestive tract, which may affect your bowels. Drink lots of water and eat fiber-rich but not gassy food to get them moving. Try not to strain too much when you poop to prevent developing hemorrhoids.

    Nausea, fatigue, breathlessness

    Some pregnancy symptoms you’ve experienced during your first trimester may re-appear, such as nausea and dizziness. You’ve been carrying extra weight for quite some time now, so even accomplishing daily tasks can be exhausting. Your diaphragm may have more space now since your baby moves further down in your pelvis, but your uterus is still growing. 

    Abdominal pressure, aches, and pains in the hips and pelvis

    Your baby is expected to be in a head-down position towards your birth canal. Pressure and pain in your lower abdomen, pelvic area, and hips can be felt as your baby settles. Your ligaments are continuing to loosen to help your baby make his way into this world. It’s also why you’re a bit more clumsy lately.

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    Insomnia

    You may have had difficulty falling asleep in the past few weeks — it can get worse before it gets better. Your bulging belly makes it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position, acid reflux, and cramps everywhere in your body. Do what relaxes you — maybe a warm bath, a glass of warm milk, or a good book will help.

    Increased vaginal discharge, frequent urination, incontinence

    Your growing baby is pressing on your bladder, so you need to empty them more often. Otherwise, you might find yourself accidentally peeing when you sneeze or cough. Don’t wait too long before going to the bathroom to pee either. You may also notice increased vaginal discharge, which helps prevent infection and prepares your body for labor.

    Swelling

    Your body is still producing and circulating more bodily fluids that may build up on your tissues. This results in swollen ankles, feet, and hands. You may also be dealing with vision problems, varicose veins, stuffy nose, and bleeding gums nsue to swelling. Drinking more water can help prevent water retention.

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    Baby’s development at 8 months in the pregnancy

    At 8 months into the pregnancy, your baby starts about 27 inches long and will weigh about 4 pounds. At the end of the eighth month, you will notice that your baby growing about a pound every week, measuring a little more than 18 inches and nearly 5.5 pounds. Your baby’s skin has accumulated fat, so it is no longer translucent but more pinkish or opaque.

    Your baby’s hearing is now fully developed, so continue to talk to your baby as your due date nears. Even in the womb, babies particularly respond to high-pitched sounds. Talking to your baby may help ease your anxieties about childbirth. Try to sleep on your side. It’s even more crucial now to monitor the baby’s movement and advise your doctor if you notice any changes.

    Since all his body systems are fully functional at this stage, even his lungs as he continues to breathe amniotic fluid. He even has his own immune system now. His digestive system is also ready to release its first poop. Your little one’s first poo, called meconium, which closes will pass once he is born.

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    Your To-do list on your 8th month of pregnancy

    • Delegate your tasks at work and at home. You may want to wait until your delivery date to start your maternity leave, but as early as now, begin turning over your work tasks. That goes for your home chores and errands, too.
    • Learn about breastfeeding. Now is an excellent time to learn about nursing your baby. Get in touch with a lactation consultant or find one through your doula or your network of moms. Some preggos start taking malunggay supplements at 8 months.
    • Check your essentials. You should have your three hospital bags packed now. Make sure it includes all the documents needed, including a copy of your birth plan and postpartum care plan. Go over your newborn essentials, and if you haven’t already, get a car seat to safely transport your little one home.
    • Undergo a Biophysical Profile (BPP). It’s a typical ultrasound that measures your baby’s heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby. It also includes a non-stress test (NST) and electronic fetal monitoring to ensure everything is okay.
    • Say no to stress. Stress can lead to pre-term labor. You’re almost to the finish line, and really, there’s nothing else more to do than to prioritize your comfort. Focus on enjoying the remaining weeks of your pregnancy, your alone time with your older kids, if any, or your partner. 

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