During the eighth month of pregnancy, your baby continues to grow. The most prominent growth in this period is that of brain. Eat a nutritious diet rich in all the necessary ingredients required for healthy growth of the baby. In this particular month, your baby will gain 2 pounds of weight. The movements of the baby are not very obvious as there is not enough space in the uterus to move around.
Majority of the organs are now completely developed. Eyes are open and she can even blink now. She has developed a sleeping and waking patterns and you can even judge these patterns as well. Lungs of your baby are still maturing.
The gelatinous substance covers the umbilical cord that protects the cord from kinks and knots as your baby loves to twist and turn in the uterus.
Your baby will measure around 12 inches in length with a weight of about 5 pounds by the end of eighth month.
The Braxton Hicks tightenings will become more frequent by this time. This is normal as your uterus muscle performing some exercise to become stronger.
At any time from now on, your baby will drop down into the pelvis. This process is known as lightening or engagement and this is a normal practice before birth. When your baby is dropped into the pelvis, you will start experiencing some extra pressure in your pelvic region.
You body is producing estrogen in large amount that causes your uterus to become sensitive to oxytocin (the hormone that causes contractions). With high levels of estrogen, there becomes an imbalance between ratios of estrogen to progesterone which is necessary to encourage the production of prostaglandins (released to soften the cervix).
You are very near to your labor time and it is the time to join any childbirth education center or to hire doula in preparation for forthcoming labor.