Search
 
SmartMomma  
  SmartMomma HomeChannels - Preconception, Pregnancy, Baby, Toddler, and MoreSmartMomma Baby & Pregnancy CommunitySubscribe to Our Infant Development & Pregnancy NewslettersShop SmartMomma Baby & Pregnancy!
 
  Due Date Calculator - Early Pregnancy Symptoms Pregnancy - Fetal Development 8 Months
 
Fetal Development: 8 Months


8 Months (32 – 35 weeks)

Baby

At the end of the eighth months, your baby weighs between five and six pounds and is gaining about half a pound per week, mostly in fat deposits. He measures about 18-20 inches long and is plumper and less wrinkled. You may feel less kicking and more twisting and wriggling, as he is running out of room to move around in there. He may have turned to the head down position in preparation for delivery. Your little one is now sleeping through regular periods of REM and deep sleep. He is also experiencing active and quiet wakefulness where he continues to explore the environment around him. Pretty soon, he’ll be a newborn!

Find out how your baby is developing every week. Sign up for our FREE Weekly Fetal Development Newsletter. Click here!



Mom

Are those feet jammed in your ribs? Now that the baby has turned, you may feel some kicks and pokes in the ribs, along with a head pressed against your cervix as he stretches. The weight of him, along with the hormone relaxin, may be causing you to waddle as you walk. Relaxin causes your joints to relax, so that your pelvis can widen to allow for easier delivery. You may find that you shrink in height a little in the coming months.

This month, you will be tested for Group B strep, and your doctor appointments will occur more frequently (biweekly). This month, you will experience an increase in Braxton Hicks contractions, colostrum leakage in your breasts, and maybe a leaking bladder when you sneeze, laugh, or cough. Emotionally, you may be experiencing anxiety, excitement, apprehension, and weariness with being pregnant.

Other physical symptoms include constipation, heart burn, bloating, indigestion, headaches, dizziness, nasal congestion, bleeding gums, increased appetite, leg cramps, swelling, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, itchy stomach, protruding naval, hot flashes, backache, skin changes, fuller breasts, carpal tunnel, tingly hands and feet, fetal hiccups, skin eruptions, lower back and leg (sciatica) pain and clumsiness. If you are experiencing sciatic pain or back pain, invest in a good pregnancy pillow.

For some ideas on what you will need for your baby, check out:

SmartMomma: Baby Gear

RELATED ARTICLES

Fetal Development: By Month
Fetal Development: 9 Months
Fetal Development: Overdue
3d Ultrasound Pregnancy Pictures
Top Ten Baby Names

PLEASE NOTE

This should be used as a general guideline and is for general information and educational purposes only. Please remember that all pregnancies develop at different rates. If you have questions about your baby's development, please contact your doctor or midwife.



   
 
Do you want to be caught up on all the latest happenings with you and your baby? Join SmartMomma Advantage for free! You'll receive your choice of e-mail newsletters, from weekly fetal development updates to sales alerts and the latest pregnancy, baby, and toddler news. Stay up to date with the SmartMomma advantage! Join today!  
 
 
   
  Shop SmartMomma Baby & Maternity  
 
Shop SmartMomma Baby & Maternity Shop SmartMomma Baby & Maternity
 
   
All Pregnancy Articles
Health And Nutrition
During pregnancy, your body needs your full attention, as your baby grows and your hormones go a bit crazy. SmartMomma is here to help you with some health and nutrition advice of our own.
Labor And Delivery
After many months of pregnancy, the big day finally arrives, whether you're ready or not. Be ready for baby's entrance into the world by reading up on what you may encounter on the best day of your life. Think happy thoughts!
Planning For Baby
One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is planning for your baby's arrival. Check out SmartMomma's recommendations on baby gear, not to mention our Nursery Planner for the arrival of your little bundle. It's never too early to start planning your nursery!
Pregnancy Effects
What effects can pregnancy have on your body? From stretch marks to leaking breasts, SmartMomma uncovers the reality of pregnancy, along with the joys of feeling your baby's first movements. Discover the answers to your questions about all of the new and "interesting" things happening to your body during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Stages
Is your baby kicking yet, or just fluttering? When does he have his fingers and toes? How big is he now? Find out the answers to these questions and check out the stages of pregnancy with our Fetal Development tool.
Prenatal Fitness
The best way to prepare for the marathon of labor and to get your figure back quickly postpartum is by keeping up a fitness routine while pregnant. Ask your doctor what level of fitness is appropriate for you. The most popular methods of staying fit for pregnancy is walking and prenatal yoga.
Relationships
Pregnancy can put your relationships in a vulnerable state, as your daily activities will most likely change, along with your waistline and your emotions. This can put a strain on your relationship with your partner or spouse, as well as your relationship with others. Just remember, that you are a strong, beautiful woman, deserving of the best in life. Don't forget to remind your partner of this too!
 
 
         

   
Home About UsOur Friends Join For Free UnsubscribeAll Articles Contact Us
Terms of UsePrivacy PolicyAdvertisingPress MaterialsLogin to Update Membership
©2007 Smart Momma. All rights reserved.