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Fetal Development by Month

Although every baby develops differently, this guide will give you an idea of how your baby is growing and developing throughout your pregnancy.

Eighth Month

Your baby is getting ready for birth and is probably in the head-down position. He or she is approximately 17 inches long and weighs about 5 pounds.
Brain growth is dramatic this month while most of the other organs are ready to go, with the exception of the lungs, which still need a few more weeks of development. His or her little fingernails continue to grow and he may even need a trim after birth!

You may be feeling very tired and uncomfortable at this stage. Your baby is pressing up against your spinal column, which can give you a terrible back ache and make it impossible to get comfortable. Try sleeping with a body pillow to support your belly and your back. Your Braxton Hicks may also be increasing in strength and frequency and your breasts may begin leaking colostrum, all of which may add to your excitement about your baby's imminent arrival. The big day is almost here!

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First Month
Second Month
Third Month
Fourth Month
Fifth Month
Sixth Month
Seventh Month
Eighth Month
Ninth Month

 

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