Pregnancy By Month

8 Months Pregnant – Belly, Ultrasound, Cramping, Pains & Symptoms

8 Months Pregnant Belly
Written by Stephanie McClane

The 8th month pregnancy is the stage when the real pregnancy experience sinks in – the most severe period of pains and cramping. As you near the delivery due date, you will experience contractions. Muscle cramps increases as your belly expands and become bigger. The pains and symptoms get worse as days pass by.

The most painful among all is back pain, brought about by the change in the center of gravity in a woman’s body. Walking and light exercise is a pregnant woman’s best relief to ease the pain.

During the 8th month of pregnancy, your unborn child is bigger and more energetic. Thus, you will feel a lot of movements and your baby will be active in your womb. Things will be a lot difficult during the last trimester because that little life is excited to see the world. However, there is no need to worry.

Pregnancy is also referred to as gestation. In humans, pregnancy begins when the zygote is implanted in female uterus. The pregnancy is normally divided into three trimesters each approximately 3 months long. The first trimester is from the last menstrual period to 13th week. The second trimester starts from the 17th week and lasts till the 27th week. The third trimester lasts from 28th week to 42nd week. The human birth normally occurs at the gestational age of about 40th week. During pregnancy, fetuses grow and change dramatically. In each trimester, there are a lot of physical and emotional changes.

In the third trimester, mild menstrual cramps may occur because of your uterus tightening in. This is also known as Braxton-Hicks contractions. These contractions are to get your uterus ready for the hard work of pushing the baby out when you are ready to give birth. 7th month pregnant cramping can be a lot uncomfortable. Cramping becomes more frequent as the due date approaches. As a remedy, try lying down, shifting your position and walking around to ease these contractions. Do consult your doctor if you experience more than 4 contractions an hour, severe pain in back or abdomen and unusual vaginal discharge. The cramping can also occur due to less intake of water so make sure you are drinking as much water as prescribed.

8 Months Pregnant Ultrasound

8th months pregnant ultrasound should be performed with doctor’s referring to ensure the normal growth of the baby. If your baby is lying facing outside, with a large amniotic fluid around his feature, you will be able to see his face very clearly. In the 8th month pregnancy, do visit your doctor fortnightly so that you and your baby get the best care.

8 Months Pregnant Ultrasound

8 Months Pregnant Symptoms

8th-month pregnant symptoms include an increase in weight (gaining an average of a pound per week) and blood volume also increase. Women feel tired and have difficulty in breathing due to the expansion of the uterus. Fatigue, restless sleep, leaking breast, constipation, heartburn, insomnia, and cramps in legs and vaginal discharge are also some of the symptoms that mark this stage, as are varicose veins, mood swings, stretch marks, and Braxton-Hicks contraction are some other symptoms.

Other worse symptoms that come during the 8th month of pregnancy is headaches, bleeding gums, constipation, swollen breast, and other painful pregnancy related pains. But again, there is no need to panic. Most pregnant women go through those symptoms. Stressing yourself over these symptoms will not help. A relaxed mind will help you through all these pains. It is also important that you talk to your partner or any person close to you on how you feel about the things that are happening during your pregnancy.

8 Months Pregnant Belly Size and Fetus

During 8 months of pregnancy, women feel the baby’s movements as it moves towards the pelvis in preparation for birth. 8th-month pregnant belly goes down as the baby is preparing for birth. During this month the belly size increases and the belly become more visible and larger. Women feel intense muscle cramps because of the uterus pushing the muscle and skin covering the abdomen. At 8 Months, your baby is growing quickly and preparing for complete self-dependent life. In fact, if your baby was to be born now, he or she has a very high likelihood of surviving outside of the womb. 

In the 8th month, the fetus is about 18 inches and its weight is approximately 5.6 pounds. Toenails and fingernails are formed. Skeleton hardens and calcium deposits. Nervous system and immune system are in the process of finishing. 8th-month pregnancy pains also include Braxton-Hicks contraction. These contractions become more severe during this month. They are also known as false pains. Abdominal pains are most common which is caused by the muscle stretching. You may be wetting yourself a bit when you either sneeze or cough due to the pressure of the baby on the uterus.

For most women, the excitement and happiness to see their little ones always outweigh all these pains. You are about to give life to another human being. That little life inside you will be your own child, genetically your own image and likeness. After all, they say that everything hard while is worthwhile. Soon you’ll meet your baby. 

About the author

Stephanie McClane

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I graduated college with a business degree and a minor in biology. I met my husband at a business convention and was happily marriage and pregnant within the first two years after saying the words “ I do”.

Jennifer is the eldest of the three. Being pregnant with her, my first, I researched everything pregnancy related and read nearly every book. Giving birth to Anthony and Matty seemed more natural and less stressful the third time around.

I’m happy to share what knowledge I have gathered and learn new things from other mothers. From morning sickness to Anencephaly, or potty training to thumb sucking, I have books and resource guides to share.