How Your Baby Grows: Month 8




Your Baby

  • Rapid brain growth continues.
  • The baby is too big to move around much, but he can kick strongly and roll around.
  • You may notice the shape of an elbow or heel against your abdomen.
  • Bones of the head are soft and flexible to make it easier for the baby to fit through the birth canal.
  • Fingernails have grown to tips of fingers.
  • Lungs may still be immature.
  • Your baby is now about 18 to 19 inches long and weighs about 4 to 5 pounds.

Your Body

  • You may feel stronger contractions this month.
  • You may have some leakage of colostrum (the fluid that will feed your baby until your milk comes in) from your breasts.
  • You may have trouble sleeping because it is hard to get comfortable. Try putting several pillows under your head.
  • You may have shortness of breath as the baby crowds your lungs.
  • The baby may crowd your stomach. Try eating five or six smaller meals during the day.
  • The top of your uterus lies just under your rib cage.

Prenatal Care Guide

  • Visit your health care provider every two weeks for prenatal care checkups.
  • You should gain 1 pound a week this month.
  • Call your health care provider right away if you have:
    • Bleeding or a gush of fluid from your vagina
    • Cramps, stomach pains or a dull backache
    • Blurry vision, or spots before your eyes
    • A feeling that the baby is pushing down
    • A noticeable decrease in the baby’s movements
    • More than five contractions in one hour