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8 Months Pregnant: Prepare Yourself for Labor

8 Months of pregnancy is a time when you have to determine where you are going to be, with what method, and prepare if you have to undergo surgery. Not only preparing baby gear, during this 8 month pregnancy you also need to be prepared to train breathing and prepare for breastfeeding.

If you want to give birth normally, this is the best time to prepare it. One way that can be done is to take part in pregnancy exercises, which are often provided every week in several maternal and child hospitals. In pregnancy exercise, breathing which is a factor in the success of normal labor will also be trained.

How is Fetus Growth?

At the beginning of 8 months of pregnancy, your baby weighs approximately 2 kg with a length of about 44 cm. If this is your first pregnancy, at this gestational age the baby may have come down and pressed the cervix. Following is the development of the fetus from week to week in the 8th month:

33 weeks pregnant

  • His head is in the lower uterus in a position ready to be born. But he can change position in the last weeks before labor.
  • The head shell is still not so strong and yet perfectly formed. This condition is needed so that he can pass the birth canal more easily.
  • Baby's skin that had been red began to look bright and no longer wrinkled with increasing fat under the skin surface.
  • At 33 weeks of gestation, the brain and nervous system are fully developed.

34 weeks pregnant

  • Your baby's weight is now more than 2.1 kg with a length of about 45 cm.
  • Increased fat under the skin is needed to maintain body temperature.
  • Except for the cranium, the bones in the frame of his body become harder.
  • His longer body made him curl up in the womb with his knees bent and close to his chest. However, there is still space that allows him to move freely so that you can still feel the movement.

35 weeks pregnant

  • Approximately the weight of your baby is now 2.4 kg with a length of about 46 cm.
  • The bones and body are getting bigger and more perfect. Sometimes you can see a protruding elbow or leg on the surface of your stomach.
  • A pair of kidneys has been completely formed.
  • The liver has been able to process metabolic waste substances

36 weeks pregnant

  • Your baby's weight is still growing, about 28 grams per day. This week it weighs around 2.6 kg and is 47 cm long.
  • His lungs were perfect and ready to take his first breath once he was born into the world.
  • His mouth and digestive tract are ready to suckle and digest milk.

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What are the changes that occur in your body?

Your weight will increase. It can make you easily tired and feel back pain. During this time, your uterus will continue to tighten from time to time preparing for birth. This is a normal condition of pregnancy, contraction or tightening of the uterus is preparation for childbirth. That is not necessarily a sign that your baby will be born soon. However, if the contractions occur quite often or are painful, immediately contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital.

You will also want to urinate more often because the uterus is pressing on the bladder. But you should not reduce the consumption of mineral water so as not to dehydrate. What needs to be reduced is only drinks that actually trigger dehydration, such as coffee and tea.

What do you need to check?

At this gestational age, several risks ranging from mild to life-threatening can occur, including:

  • Bleeding from the vagina. Bleeding can be a sign of a serious condition in pregnancy.
  • High blood pressure. Check your blood pressure every time you see a doctor.
  • Preeclampsia, characterized by high levels of protein in the urine, and swelling of the hands or face.
  • Severe itching that can be a symptom of liver disorders.
  • If you feel a fake contraction (Braxton Hicks contractions) that is more frequent and painful, you can see a gynecologist.
  • About 10 percent of women experience premature rupture of membranes. This condition is characterized by water flowing between the thighs. This condition most often occurs in the bed. There is a possibility that you are confused to distinguish urine from amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is clear and odorless, different from urine. If this kind of situation occurs, immediately consult a doctor. Rupture of the amniotic sac without proper handling can result in an infection that risks harming the fetus.

Labor that occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy is categorized as premature birth. Premature babies will most likely need special care.

What do you need to pay attention to?

An 8 month pregnancy period can be referred to as the last time you have time to prepare yourself for the delivery period. Here are some things that can be a guide, namely:

  • You might consider choosing a maternity hospital that allows you and your baby to initiate early breastfeeding (IMD) and place your roommate with you. IMD is needed so that the baby gets the benefits of colostrum or first ASI, while one room with a baby makes it easy for you to breastfeed whenever needed.
  • At this time you should have undergone a period of introduction to the breastfeeding method that can be followed at a mother and child hospital, lactation clinic, or foundation that handles these activities.
  • If you have not invited your fetus to talk, this is the right time because in this time the hearing has been perfect.
  • At 36 weeks' gestation, you have prepared a bag containing equipment that needs to be taken to hospital when the contractions have begun to feel. Here are some items that should be available in your bag:
  • Health insurance card.
  • Breast pads or pads to absorb the dripping milk.
  • Change clothes.
  • Bathing needs, including special post-natal pads.
  • For babies: clothes, blankets, diapers.
  • Breastfeeding equipment, such as breast milk pumps and milk bottles. Both can be needed if the baby has a condition that is not possible to be in a room with you, for example if he has jaundice, so it needs to be treated in an incubator.
  • Place telephone numbers that you or other people can contact if there is an emergency.
  • If you already have children, you need to plan for care while you are in the hospital and in the early postpartum period.

Most women do not want to undergo an episiotomy or incision between the baby's birth canal and the anus to make it easier for the baby to come out. Although this procedure sometimes needs to be done, there are ways to prevent it, namely:

  • Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles under the pelvis.
  • Sufficient nutrition to make the skin stretch better.
  • Warm compresses before the time of labor.
  • Massage the perineum or the part between the birth canal and the anus. Massage can be done by your partner.

Is it safe to have sex at this gestational age? If the doctor states that there are no serious problems with your pregnancy, then having sex in this period is categorized as relatively safe.

When pregnant 9 months later, the amount of amniotic fluid has been reduced because it is absorbed again by the mother's body, so as to provide additional space for the baby to move. After preparing many things this month, next month you need to be alert because the baby can be born at any time.





References

References

1. Schwarz R.H, Parents (2017). Pregnancy and Urination.

2. Baby Centre (2016). 33-36 weeks pregnant: fetal development.

3. World Health Organization, WHO (2017). Early initiation of breastfeeding to promote exclusive breastfeeding. 


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