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Four months pregnant is kind of a big deal. Lots of exciting milestones occur this month as you approach the half way point in your pregnancy.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Four Months Pregnant

Although you might not experience all of them, these pregnancy symptoms are common during the fourth month of pregnancy:

  • Weight gain
  • Itchy skin around your growing tummy and breasts
  • Appearance of stretch marks
  • Hair looks thicker and shinier
  • Fatigue (this should be improving)
  • Hunger
  • Headaches without visual disturbance
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Varicose veins
  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Breast changes – darkening of the areola and colostrum can be secreted

At four months pregnant, there are relatively few nagging symptoms. That’s why this time is referred to as the ‘honeymoon’ period of pregnancy — this is a good time for mums-to-be to take on decorating, shopping, travelling, and any other preparations that require more energy.

Eight Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: Your baby will have "dropped" by now (moving down toward your pelvis) and will still be growing, albeit at a slower rate. It’s getting very tight in there now, so don’t be surprised if you feel less movement.

Changes to Your Body: Aside from physical changes, you might also be feeling quite emotional. The size of your tummy will be a reason for many people to offer advice, and you might be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, annoyed, or nervous. You might also be feeling a little impatient, but know that your baby is getting ready to meet you and just needs a little more time. Settle into these feelings and remember that this is an emotional time that you will get through — you can do this.

Eighth Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Finalize the birthing plan: You might have been working on your birthing plan; make sure you have copies printed out for your medical team.
  • Get your hospital bag packed and ready by the door: Get your hospital bag packed. Your hospital bag should include all the items you and your husband will need during labor and delivery and during your hospital stay. It should also include the clothes and other items your baby will need at the hospital and on the way home.
  • Do a hospital drill: Plan how you will get to hospital when the time comes. Make sure you have a few routes planned out, just in case your baby decides to come during peak-hour traffic. If your hospital allows it, familiarize yourself with the maternity ward so that you know where to go once you get to the hospital. Have the numbers of the people in your birthing team and the address of the hospital on your phone and on the fridge, so you’re not scrambling for these details at the last minute.
  • Make any final finishing touches: Take this time to rest, and put any finishing touches on your nursery and babyproofing efforts. Feeling relaxed is important, so don’t pack your schedule too tight, and try to enjoy this time.
  • Take some healthy steps: There are some little steps you can take such as doing Kegel exercises and breathing exercises, practicing good posture, and keeping hydrated to feel a little more comfortable during the eighth month of pregnancy.
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