What happens in month 8 during pregnancy
Not long to go now until you get to meet your little one :)
For some of you that day can't come soon enough as the demands of pregnancy start to take the toll.
As your baby continues to grow the extra weight is truly noticeable. Tiredness, backache, swollen ankles are all common complaints that can be experience at this stage and they can make these final few weeks very difficult. So you will need to slow down and take things a bit easier if you are feeling the strain.
Baby is almost fully developed, putting on weight and getting into position ready for the big day!
You may be aware of your abdomen tightening, these are know as Braxton Hicks contractions, not all women are aware of them but they are a normal part of pregnancy. They are different from real contractions as they tend to be irregular and not painful. However, if you notice that they do become frequent and painful then contact the hospital for advice.
Only about 5% of babies are born on there due date so now is the time to get organised for the big day too!
Decide on your place of birth
Finish your birth plan
Take a tour of the hospital
Pack your bag
Get fitted for your feeding bra if your going to breast feed
Organise childcare for other children if needed for when you go into labour
Organise transport to the hospital
Continue to keep eating healthily taking, regular exercise and motoring your baby's movement any problems or concerns speak with your midwife/GP/hospital
Your body in late pregnancy
You need to slow down because the extra weight will make you tired, and you may get backache.
From about 34 weeks pregnant, you may be aware of your womb tightening from time to time. These are practice contractions known as Braxton Hicks contractions, and are a normal part of pregnancy. It's only when they become painful or frequent that you need to contact your midwife or hospital.
Only around 5% of babies arrive on their due date. You can find out more about labour signs andwhat happens in labour.
If you have children already, you may want to make childcare arrangements for when you go into labour. Pack your bag ready for the birth if you are planning to give birth in hospital or a midwifery unit.