Being pregnant, again, and now having a blog this time around, I knew I had to do a pregnancy series! Introducing “Pregnancy at a Glance – Month by Month “ Hopefully you’ll find a nugget of wisdom here or there. (This post has zero affiliate links)
Pregnancy at a Glance – Month by Month
Pregnancy Month 8
What Mom is Feeling:
Welcome to month number eight!
What I love about this month is that it’s the last month that I’m ever able to relax in. There isn’t the approaching D-day that there is in month 9. It the mental ability to push off the inevitable for another 8 weeks.
This is the last month that you will still feel like “you’ve got time.” So ENJOY! Go out with your girlfriends. Catch your last latest movie with your sisters, or go out on one last hot date with your hubby. Enjoy!
This is also, the month that the wonderful world of nesting will take ahold of you with a vengeance! And if it hasn’t already — However — nesting feeling or not, near the end of this month, you NEED to literally, physically, prepare for your soon-to-be bundle of joy. (And no I don’t mean exercise)
If the looming date of labor and delivery is eating up your mental space already, push it aside and get busy — working to prepare for your baby. You still have a bit of pregnancy to go, so you may as well get occupied. By the end of this month I would encourage you to have at least these things listed below completed. If you physically can’t do this then ask for help. But start at the beginning of this month so that by the time that you hit the end of this month you will be done. Slowly working your way through it all.
-bought set up and arranged all the baby furniture (remembering to assemble the crib INSIDE the nursery room)
-thought, bought, or made freezer meals for right after baby’s birth
-baby clothes are bought washed and put away
-car seat is bought, set up and you’ve learned/know how to install/use it properly
-baby bedding is bought washed a set up
-you’ve thought about a hospital bag (more on this next month)
-pads are bought by the Costco size packages
-prenatal care learning (time to finish it up) If you never made it to class — who cares! ? BUT start researching and reading online. Just do something to prepare yourself.
-bought baby diapers and wipes and have them stored away
At the end of this month you will be one week away from being considered full-term (37 weeks). Anytime before full-term mark is considered pre-term. You and you’re baby would need some more TLC, should you go into pre-term labor. But not to worry. Breath deep, and make a plan. Read up about more of preemie baby care here.
I’ve never had to go through preterm labor delivery and baby care. I’ve seen friends do so and it seems harder than full-term baby care. With more intense feedings every 2hrs. I just needed to say that if this is you in the pre-term category… find a support system. Ask people to bring you meals or buy up M&M aisle of premade meals, sending someone else out to pick them up for you. Ask a friend to clean your house or hire a cleaning company. All of these “extra helps” are just for now … just for this moment in your life. So don’t feel guilty for asking for help.
I highly respect any mom who is going or has gone through pre-term. It’s a lot of extra TLC involved. It’s not easy. But you’ve got this! One day at a time.
Pregnant mom’s near the finish line, don’t freak out about the upcoming D-day but focus on taking care of you and baby. This is a month (and is next) to be extra cautious in your walking, movement and balance.
Because of that beautiful bundle of joy, you’re a higher risk for falls (along with the inability to bend over anymore!) Ask for help in what you can’t do or think is unsafe. Be careful, a little slower and mindful about what you do do. Being super aware of your body.
Unfortunately in this pregnancy … I didn’t take my own advice … tripped and fell down the stairs. I was walking down with my socks on the carpeted stairs, and I slipped. Thankfully I landed right on my tail bone. Baby was fine, but I sat there at first in shock and I was very upset, thinking I had hurt the baby. Because I landed on my tail bone, nothing happened, but I did lay on the couch for a time to rest and wait to see if preterm labor would happen. Nothing did … whew! I’m 2 months postpartum writing this now but I can still feel the spot on my tail bone where I landed. Just please, be careful pregnant moms!
With our joints soft and pliable during this time of pregnancy, ready for labor and delivery of baby, we are at our most vulnerable and higher risk of having an accidental fall. So just be cautious and take for yourself. The extras that are physically unsafe can wait for some muscle or wait until you are less hormonal. ? lol
Your appetite at the beginning of this month will still be in full swing helping that little one nearly double it’s size from now till delivery! Your appetite will probably abate and you may stop gaining weight near the end of this month and into week 37. This is very normal, as you’ve literally run out of stomach room.
Baby’s Growth and Development for this Month: Week 32 – 35
Baby is now about 3.75lbs. and gaining weight rapidly! From here on out, baby’s main job is to get bigger….nearly doubling their weight from now until birth. Toe nails and finger nails have completely grown in. Peach fuzz or a head of hair is present.
Read more about your baby stage from week 32 here at Baby Centre.ca
Picture of what Baby Looks like for this Month:
If You Have Older Children at Home:
Now, this is a fun month to talk to the older kiddos even more about the baby! What do they think baby will be like when baby gets here?
This is also perfect opportunity for you to interjected a little of reality and explain how baby’s will cry to “talk” to us telling us she is hungry, cold or tired. How baby will eat a lot and sleep a lot. How mommy will be spending lots of time with the baby. These are the great moments to reassure and dream with your older kids about what life will be like when baby gets here!
Have them help you with the set up of all things baby! Especially the baby clothes. As the older kids can handle and touch those tiny baby clothes it will help them feel like the reality of change is coming home soon.
What and How to Prepare for Baby:
For this month’s preparation = nail down baby names! Click here for a look at babycenter.ca baby name data base!
Also click here for your pretty printable of must have’s and could have’s list to prepare for baby’s arrival! (don’t forget the baby wipes!) 🙂
For a look at Pregnancy Month 1 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 2 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 3 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 4 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 5 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 6 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 7 — Click here
By: Sharon Schuler
I’m not a doctor, nurse, or obgyn. I’m just sharing some of my pregnancy experience! (x6) These are my own words but with strong direction from BabyCentre.ca. I’m not affiliate with BabyCentre.ca I just really LOVE the information I find there and I would recommend the site to all of my friends.