How your baby grows - month 8
By the end of the eighth month, your baby is about 18 to 19 inches long and weighs about 4 to 5 pounds. He can kick strongly and roll around. You may see the shape of his elbow or heel against your belly. (Tell your provider if you notice any change in how often your baby moves.) Your baby’s fingernails have grown to the tips of his fingers. Your baby’s brain and lungs are still growing.
You may feel stronger contractions this month. Colostrum may leak from your breasts. This is the fluid that comes out of your breasts before your breastmilk comes in. (Wear breast pads in your bra to help with leaking.) You may have trouble breathing as the baby pushes on your lungs. (Slow down and try to sit and stand up straight.) Your baby may crowd your stomach. (Try eating 4 or 5 smaller meals during the day.) You gain about one pound a week this month.