Pregnancy by Month: Month 8

Month 8 of pregnancy includes weeks 31 through 34.  As you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, you will want to make sure you have all the necessities ready to bring baby home from the hospital.




Week 31

for Baby:

Now your baby will begin gaining more weight as fat begins to fill in beneath the skin.  This increase in fat helps regulate baby's body temperature and turns the skin from red to a more pinkish color.  Your baby can hear distinct sounds and knows the sounds of familiar voices and music.  Baby is approximately 16.25 inches long and 3.3 lbs.

for Mom:

As your body prepares for the coming baby, you may start to notice discharge or leakage coming from your nipples.  This is colostrum, a nutrient packed substance that will nourish your little one before your breast milk comes in.  You may want to keep breast pads handy in case of leaks.






Week 32

for Baby:

In these final months of pregnancy your baby will likely double in weight as fat continues to build up under the skin.  This fat will help keep baby warm after birth.  Your baby will probably be head down in the birthing position now, as he or she takes up nearly all the space in your uterus.  Baby is approximately 16.7 inches long and 3.75 lbs.

for Mom:

If you haven't already, now is the time to take classes on labor, child care, breastfeeding, or whatever you want to be more knowledgeable about.  You'll also want to have toured the hospital you plan on delivering at. You may also be able to pre-register at your hospital to speed up the intake process once you are in labor.  You may want to have a birth plan in place with your doctor.  But be aware, babies don't like to do things according to plan!

Week 33

for Baby:

Over the next few weeks your baby will likely gain a half pound per week.  Baby's skeleton is hardening, though the skull will not fuse together, which allows for the head to grow all the way up until adulthood.  Baby is approximately 17 inches long and 4.25 lbs.

for Mom:

Your growing belly may make sleep increasingly difficult.  A pregnancy pillow may be a good investment to get comfortable with.  You should be gaining roughly 1 pound a week and half of that pound is going directly to the baby.






Week 34

for Baby:

Your baby's organs are now almost fully developed, except for the lungs which are still maturing.  The lanugo, or fine hair covering baby's skin will be shedding and may be almost completely gone by now.  Baby is now about 17.75 inches long and 4.75 lbs.

for Mom:

You will likely be feeling tired and exhausted as your body is going through significant physical strain.  You may also be experiencing third trimester insomnia and having trouble sleeping.  You may experience increased pressure on your hips and pelvis as baby descends further into a birthing position.




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Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at coffeeandwinemom.com. She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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