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Size of Fetus at Eight Months:
Back Pain During Pregnancy
Common causes include fluctuating hormones, your shifting center of gravity, weight gain, poor posture, and stress.1
The Mayo Clinic offers the following tips:
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), contact your healthcare provider if the pain is severe or if it lasts more than two weeks. See your healthcare provider immediately if your back pain is accompanied by fever, burning during urination, or vaginal bleeding.3
Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D
Vitamin D is known as “the sunshine vitamin” because it is created naturally by the body when skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
Vitamin D may help minimize the risk of preeclampsia4; support healthy birth weight, postnatal bone growth and strength, and immune function4; and support positive pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF.5 Increased calcium demands during the third trimester of pregnancy make sustaining vitamin D levels even more important for maternal health, as vitamin D enhances the absorption of calcium into the body.4
An estimated 5-29% of pregnant women in the U.S. may have inadequate levels of vitamin D, with higher prevalence among African American women.6
Your healthcare provider can check your vitamin D levels to determine if you are deficient and suggest how much you may need during pregnancy. You can also obtain vitamin D from certain foods including oily fish (salmon, trout, and sardines), dark leafy greens, and fortified foods (cereals, grains, milk, and dairy products).
Normal to Experience:
Being short of breath is quite normal during your eighth month of pregnancy. This is due in part to rising levels in the hormone progesterone, which stimulates the respiratory center in your brain, affecting lung function. During this time, you may also experience excess pressure on your diaphragm and lungs due to your expanding baby bump. The March of Dimes offers the following tips to breathe easier.
Watch Out for:
Acne flare-ups during pregnancy are due to fluctuating hormones that trigger skin’s oil (sebum) production, resulting in blocked pores, inflammation, and irritation.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends:
If none of these suggestions work, ask your healthcare provider about new options that might be right for you.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.