9 Months Pregnant
You will likely begin seeing your doctor every week this month so that he can monitor your baby’s development closely and ensure that everything is on track for delivery. One of these visits may include a pelvic exam to evaluate the progression of your pregnancy and determine whether or not you have begun to dilate. You may feel your baby drop lower in your abdomen this month as well, which could produce some pressure in your pelvic and groin area. This is a very critical period in your pregnancy and as you near the end of this month, you should be increasingly vigilant for signs of labor such as your water breaking or intense contractions that begin in your back and increase in intensity. Don’t expect baby to show up right on his due date—your little one will come when he’s ready and may be a bit ahead or behind schedule. If you do think you are in labor, call your doctor right away. If you’re absolutely sure, then start making your way to the hospital. Many women arrive at the hospital only to be told to go back home and wait, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to the health of you and your little one.
As your baby enters his final stages of fetal development, his skin will take on a pinkish hue and will become a little less wrinkly. Although the baby is almost fully grown now, more fat cells are beginning to form under the skin to keep baby warm and give him a head start on life outside the womb. By the end of this month, most babies weigh around seven to eight pounds and are approximately 18-20 inches in length, though this average is slightly lower for girls. Baby’s reflexes have become quite acute, and he will be ready to grasp your little finger tightly as soon as he is born. Your soon-to-be newborn can also turn his head toward sounds, blink, and react to stimuli. The lungs are rapidly developing to prepare baby to breathe independently upon birth.
Make it your goal to have all of the necessities ready for your baby’s arrival by the end of this month, but be sure to elicit as much help as you can from friends and family members. It’s a good idea to be prepared when you arrive home with your new baby, but you shouldn’t overexert yourself trying to do it all alone. You may also need some emotional support from the people close to you as the nerves kick in in anticipation of the big day. Try your best to relax and think only positive thoughts about the events ahead. Have a bag packed with the items you want and need for delivery as well as the things you want your baby to have after birth. Place these items altogether and have them easily accessible just in case you need to leave for the hospital at a moment’s notice. Once you’ve made all the preparations, take a deep breath, relax, and try to be patient. The best is yet to come!
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