Month 8

Your pregnancy – Month 8 (32 to 36 weeks)

Your Baby

  • Can kick strongly and roll around.
  • Skin is smooth as fat begins to fill out the wrinkles.
  • The soft downy hair begins to disappear.
  • Eyes are open.
  • Fingernails have grown to the tips of fingers.
  • Brain and lungs are still growing.
  • May settle down into the position for birth.
  • By the end of the month, baby is about 18 to 19 inches long and weighs about 4.5 to 5 pounds. Baby gains about 2 pounds this month.

Your Body

  • May feel stronger contractions this month.
  • May have trouble breathing as the baby pushes on lungs.
  • May crowd stomach.
  • Heartburn may increase.
  • May have trouble with hemorrhoids and constipation.
  • Can feel the parts of baby through abdominal wall.
  • May see the shape of his elbow or heel against belly.
  • Begin to tire easily.
  • Vaginal secretions increase more and breasts may leak.
  • May easily perspire.
  • Should gain about one pound a week this month.

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