The eighth month is to pregnancy what early December is to Christmas: You're so close to the Big Day, yet there's still lots of waiting and prep work to do. There's some pain and inconvenience that have to be endured in order to enjoy the fruits of your (literal or figurative) labor, too, as well as a few limitations. Just as you have to forget about short lines at the mall when you're holiday shopping, you have to accept that there are things you can't do when you're eight months pregnant.
Make no mistake, there are some awesome benefits to being in the middle of your third trimester. Morning sickness is (probably) a thing of the past, and your miscarriage risk is far lower than it was when you were in your first two months of pregnancy. The fetus looks like an actual person on the ultrasounds, and you can examine facial features on a 3-D scan. You may even be able to see the outline of a foot or hand as your little one flips around inside you. Plus, your baby bump should be pretty unmistakable now, so you'll get plenty of smiles and congratulations from passersby — and maybe even a seat on the bus or train.
But carrying a baby to term (or close to it) puts extra demands on your body, sometimes limiting or adjusting the pre-pregnancy activities you took for granted. While this can seem annoying or even intolerable at times, it helps to know that this is just a temporary bump in the road to motherhood. You're close to the final countdown now, and it won't be long before you can see your toes again, not to mention returning to the simple things, like the activities below, that are a no-go in the eighth month.