Your body in the eighth month of pregnancy

In the 8th month, your pregnancy is more than affirmed. Your belly is bounced and you proudly wear your baby, which you look forward to meet. Him too ! It takes strength for the big day, as you can see during the last ultrasound. At this point, the main thing to do is to rest in anticipation of childbirth. This does not stop you from thinking about the mode of feeding and the room you choose for your child.

Your baby in the eighth month of pregnancy

Your belly and your breast have taken on very important proportions. You get tired far more quickly and sometimes tend to lose balance as baby has moved your center of gravity. If one adds to this the small ills of late pregnancy (headache, side stitch, frequent urination, nausea for some, heartburn ...), you are eager to become a mother.

8th month pregnancy exams

You have taken about ten kilos since the beginning of your pregnancy. It is usual and normal to take close to 500 grams per week for the last two months. Your stomach is tense and your back is arched. Prolonged standing is sometimes tiring and your legs are often heavy, sometimes with some edema at the end of the day.

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You may be suffering from stretch marks. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is largely due to the quality of the skin and its elasticity. There is no real treatment, put bras that really support the chest, to limit the appearance of these small traces.

Practical steps and advice from the eighth month of pregnancy

You often have non-painful contractions: this is a normal phenomenon. Your pelvis is sometimes painful. Pregnancy hormones act on the ligaments and soften them. The bones become more mobile and your pelvis opens to let baby pass.

Your breasts are tense and heavy. The mammary glands develop and multiply. They are preparing for lactation. Some mothers will already have seen a yellowish discharge: colostrum. Dad can prepare breasts for breastfeeding mothers by massaging them daily with a moisturizing cream. These caresses are part of sexuality in late pregnancy.

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A layer of fat forms under her skin and baby begins to take on the chubby appearance of newborns. This fat is important because after birth it will allow it to maintain a normal temperature in a less cozy environment than your uterus. Its limbs lengthen, the bones continue to calcify, but leave some spaces empty at the level of its skull: this is what will allow the brain to continue to grow, even after childbirth.
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This third appointment with the sonographer is made after the 32nd week of amenorrhea. It will allow to control the position of the fetus, its growth and to evaluate the amount of amniotic fluid and the thickness of the placenta. Baby has less room and therefore moves less. The members are more difficult to see because they are folded and can not be distinguished in their entirety.

This ultrasound is said to be "well-being fetal". All organs are reviewed and complete the morphological study of the 5th month. The larger the child, the more the sonographer can control the proper functioning of the organs, especially the heart, kidneys and respiratory system. The speed of blood circulation in the cord and in the baby's brain is calculated.

Thanks to various measures, the sonographer will be able to evaluate the size of your unborn child. Even if this assessment has a margin of error of 10%, it will tell you if it is a small or big baby, and to evaluate the growth of your child since the last ultrasound. A report will be given to you, it will be necessary to preserve it carefully.

Psychologically, this is the last "virtual rendezvous" before the arrival of baby.

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A consultation with the anesthesiologist is mandatory, even if you do not wish to benefit from an epidural. On the one hand in the event that you change your mind and on the other hand, should the medical team be obliged to resort to general emergency anesthesia (emergency cesarean section, forceps ...)

During this individual appointment of about fifteen minutes, the anesthesiologist performs an interrogation and a medical examination. He checks the blood tests you have performed before coming to see him. He explains the different techniques of anesthesia, especially epidural anesthesia. No special preparation is required. Take advantage of this interview to ask all your questions. He will ask you to perform a new blood test.

This consultation takes place normally at the 8th month, except in case of particular problems detected before (allergic antecedents, cardiovascular risks ...).

At the time of your delivery, an anesthesiologist (probably not the same) will come to you and check that you do not contraindicate. It will find all the information in your obstetrical folder.

During the 8th month visit, the doctor will assess the risks of premature delivery. The presence of pelvic pain, tightness, contraction, fetal movement, voiding burns, fever, fetal movement ...

Today, it is estimated that one in 20 babies is born with an advance. This birth, which occurs when the baby is not completely ready, carries risks. Depending on the date of interruption of pregnancy and birth weight, the sequelae may be more or less severe.

Risk factors for preterm birth are medical as well as environmental factors. It is essential to take care of yourself during the last months of pregnancy. Some signs will necessitate an urgent visit to the maternity ward: work has begun (the contractions are painful and regular and the cervix dilated), the pouch has ruptured, a large blood loss (due to a retro hematoma -placental), fever causing contractions.

In some cases, the medical team will decide on a preterm delivery, considering that the continuation of the pregnancy is more risky for the mother and the child than a premature onset.
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During the last two months, the only watchword is rest. Your body is strained and your stomach fills you more and more. Some gestures become difficult. Do not hesitate to ask for help and to take care of yourself!

You can now decide how to breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding is most appropriate from a medical standpoint. Nothing is better than breast milk. But breastfeeding is not an obligation or proof that you are a good mother. Forcing yourself to breastfeed while you do not find any pleasure there is not much interest. Conversely, the bottle will allow more convenience to the mother and a greater investment of the father. This is a personal choice and you are the only one to be able to decide.

If breastfeeding was not possible during a first pregnancy, this does not mean that it will not be possible for the second pregnancy. You can always try to breastfeed your child, and then stop if you realize that this is not possible. The reverse is more delicate, because once the milk is "cut", it is difficult to make it leave again.

Baby will be there in a few weeks, so it's time to take care of her room. Even if you risk keeping him near you for a few days, he will quickly need his space. But what childcare equipment should I buy? What temperature to privilege in his room? Do not panic, the furniture of the room of a baby are few: a bed (or a cradle), a chest of drawers, a changing table for quick exchange, an armchair for breastfeeding, a basket For toys and a deckchair to make him discover the world. Discover all the tips of our video expert.

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At 31 weeks, if he has not yet done so, it is time to make the last galipette and point his head down. When it moves, you now know if it's his hands or his legs! At 32 weeks, most organs are ready for an ectopic life. Only the lungs still need maturity. At this point, he perceives the difference between light and darkness. Baby has a great need for calcium to pursue the ossification of his skeleton. Give him a boost by focusing on foods that contain it! At 33 weeks his immune system and brain have matured. His intestines accumulate meconium, which he will quickly eliminate at his birth. Technically, it could be born at this stage and 99% of babies would survive if they appear now but its respiratory system has not yet matured. At 34 weeks, baby has only one main activity: Take strength for the big day! With 43 cm and 2.2 kg, his face and body are well rounded. Its organs have reached maturity, except the lungs which still need a little time to mature.

Clinical examination including blood pressure, cardiac and pulmonary auscultation, weight gain, assessment of the general health of the mother and investigation of possible abnormal signs Laboratory examinations: Blood analysis with toxoplasmosis serology for unimmunized mothers, irregular agglutinin assay for rhesus negative mothers and urine analyzes for albuminuria and glycosuria. Again, biological examinations will be prescribed. A gynecological examination with a check on the condition of the cervix, an assessment of the baby's presentation, its size and the shape of the mother's pelvis. It will ensure that the baby's head will be able to pass through the narrow channel formed by the bones of the pelvis A baby's examination: The baby's heartbeats and activity will also be checked, as will the amount of fluid Amniotic.