First, do not get worried by the contractions. They are called false contractions because they last 30 seconds to a minute. If they go beyond that time span and the frequency increases, there is a need for you to see your doctor very urgently at the hospital. But, remember that during this period a cool-headed approach helps, tremendously. What those contractions mean is that the body is preparing you for the final act of delivery. In that sense, it is the countdown. You may feel your nerves are frayed, but take deep breaths and calm down.
Along with those contractions (technically called, Braxton Hicking Contractions), you may feel the cervix is opening up. You will also notice that the foetus has moved its head towards the cervix and the legs towards the rib cage. It is called dropping of the baby. Please do not get worked up by the nomenclature. Basically, the foetus is also preparing for delivery.
The foetus, which is largely gaining weight due to fat gathering, will not be kicking around as much as it used to. That is because, as the doctor will tell you, the uterus has reached its maximum size and the amniotic fluid has reduced. So, there isn’t that much space for the foetus to move around. It gets its head-down position in the most natural way. By this time, the foetus can hear and responds to sounds and music. Its breathing gets into the normal phase. By the end of the eighth month, your baby will weigh close to 2 kg.
The mother, of course, may feel a wee bit breathless, may urinate more often and the breasts may begin discharging a yellowish fluid called Colostrum. Don’t get worried, that fluid is the precursor to milk. Your blood may rise and you may have some swelling on the feet. All this means is that this the preparatory month for delivery. The semi-final. So, remember to ask the doctor what to expect during delivery. Never mind if your questions are repetitive. You need to know. It will only help reduce your anxiety levels.