You at 8 months pregnant
Another common symptom this month is persistent tingling or numbness down your sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back down the back of each leg. This condition is called sciatica and it's due to your uterus putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. Don’t be alarmed, though. It's perfectly normal and the sensation will subside.
You may also start to experience some contractions. Not all types of contractions signal that your baby is on the way though. Braxton Hicks contractions simply prepare your body (and mind) for labor. If you have a contraction, sit down, try to relax, and have a glass of water. They should subside.
If your contractions persist for more than an hour or two, you should call your healthcare professional.
Your baby at 8 months pregnant
If you're still waiting for the big arrival, your baby will be preparing for birth. Your baby should be positioned with their head sitting above your cervix. Almost all babies adopt this position and those who don’t could be in breech position.
Breech babies are positioned upright with their feet or buttocks above the cervix. In this case, you might need a C-section, but your healthcare professional may be able to manually maneuver your baby to the correct position.
Things to think about
- Exercise. It may be the last thing on your mind but going for a gentle walk everyday will help to relieve aches and pains.
- Read up. Familiarize yourself with the signs of labor.
- Ease up at work. If you're still working, consider proposing to work from the comfort of your own home a day or two a week leading up to your scheduled maternity leave.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.