The baby is nearly
ready to be born in the eighth month of pregnancy. Read on to know what to
expect in antenatal visit and diagnostic tests in the eighth month and what you
can find out from the tests.
With each passing week, your baby is more
and more ready to be born. The life of the baby inside your uterus each day
will count as two less days in the hospital, that is, if he is born
prematurely. As you are visiting your doctor every two weeks at this stage of
you will be required to go through a series of tests in order to ensure that
you are not suffering from any deficiency and there are no complications.
Do you Notice in Your Baby From the Regular Tests?
The weight gain in your baby has been
incredibly fast for quite some time now. In comparison to the seventh month of
your pregnancy, the baby will now weigh around 1.7 kg, that is, an additional
two pounds and will measure about 15.8 inches.
Developments in the Baby - So far, the mother had
been the sole provider of all the natural requirements of the baby. Now
gradually, the baby begins to prepare itself for a life outside the womb.
This begins with the production of the red blood cells. The entire red blood
cell production is carried out by the bone marrow of the baby itself. The
amniotic fluid volume is getting lesser as the baby is growing in size. But it
will be still present until and after delivery. By now, you will find that the
baby has also begun to urinate. It now urinates half a liter everyday. This is
also an indication that the mother has to be well hydrated at all times. Your
lack of water intake will also make the baby dehydrated inside.
of Baby’s Eyes - The eyes has been gradually
developing in the foetus and now it will now blink more frequently and keep the
eyelids open for more than just brief periods. They will react more prominently
to light and darkness and will open and close their eyes at their own will. One
can also notice that the irises will contract and dilate in response to light.
of Baby’s Nails - The nails will grow very fast at
this stage and in some cases, the newborn might even require a nail trim right
after birth! Usually babies will have a fair amount of hair on their heads by
this stage. But it is also
normal to find a foetus with a lot or no hair on their head at all. Both
the extremes are perceived to be completely normal.
of Baby’s Lungs - The lungs are still in the
process of maturing and not yet fully developed. The other internal organs are
rapidly developing at this stage. Along with the eyes, the auditory functions
are also developing fairly as the baby
will react to different sounds in a more pronounced manner. He does get to hear
all the sweet little things that you have been cooing to it throughout the day.
The amount of body fat of the baby is also fast
developing in order to help it adjust itself to the outside environment after delivery.
Another common feature to notice is that the baby is kicking more frequently
and with enhanced might. There will be a pressure of the baby felt in your
uterus, as if it is pushing its way downward. It is because the room in the
uterus is getting smaller and smaller with every little growth and development
of the baby. This is a sign that you will soon go in for labour contractions.