Mommy, you are this close to completing your ‘term!’ This is the time that all kinds of feelings tend to set in.
By the time you enter the ninth month, you are completely prepped to deliver. Nature has its ways working through your mind and body sending signals about your motherhood. While the discomfort takes a toll on your patience and energy, you will still want to cherish every moment from now on as the deadline is near.
You would have formed a special relationship with your baby inside your womb that is hard to explain to the world. 9 month pregnancy care is all about feeling and seeing things like a mommy!
9th Month Pregnancy Care – What To Expect?
There are some remarkable changes in the way you think and operate. You will feel wonderful during this time despite the usual discomforts caused due to the stretching abdomen.
- While you are eager to see your baby, you will begin to feel the sense of ‘separation’. You will miss feeling your baby and the bump that you have been carrying around for so long.
- Your vaginal discharge will increase now. Make sure you have extra padding during this time. Do not panic at the occasional rush of discharge. This is completely normal unless it is itchy, smelly and out of the ordinary.
- There is a sharp pain in your bladder that causes alarm. You are likely to feel that you will wet yourself any moment.
- Get ready for the real contractions coming and going. Your body is fast prepping for the labor.
- Some women lose their mucous plug from the cervix area during this time. Though this looks like a signal that labor has started, do not jump to conclusions unless you see other signals happening.
- You will understand the difference between the short contractions and the actual ones by the end of this month.
Changes In Your Body:
This time too there will be some significant changes happening to your pregnant body:
- You will suffer with perpetual backache as the pressure increases on your sciatic nerve.
- Your pelvis has expanded to an extent that you feel you may ‘crack wide open.
- Stress incontinence continues, making you leak often.
- Increased vaginal discharge becomes usual now.
- You will suddenly start looking all ‘blossomed’ yet tired. Your face may have stress lines but there is a certain glow that cannot be missed.
- Lying down in a comfortable position gets more impossible by each passing day.
- There is more leakage from your breasts as the colostrum continues to be produced. Better to start using the breast pads to conceal the lactating bosom.
- The overwhelming mood swings continue to grip you as you brace for the childbirth.
- You will suddenly start feeling all hairy, with more hair seen on your face and nipples.
- The shape of your eyeballs will change due to the extra fluid circulating around your body.
- You will be more alert with your labor signals. Paying close attention to the signs helps.
Changes In Your Baby:
Your baby is almost close to ready for delivery now. Here are some key developments happening during the month:
- Your baby will weigh anywhere between 2.5 to 3.5 kilograms and measures about 53 centimeters long.
- The lungs are now fully developed, functional and breathing through the amniotic fluid.
- Your baby’s brain is now complete with development.
- All the vital organs are now fully developed and functional.
- Your baby’s movements will slow down as there is no room inside the womb.
Precautions During 9th Month Of Pregnancy:
Below are some useful pointers that you can look at to ease the feeling of discomfort in ninth month of pregnancy care:
1. Have A Dip:
You can head to the nearest swimming pool to enjoy a dip especially during summers.
- The feeling of weightlessness will help you relax.
- Swimming is also an excellent workout to prep your body for the labor.
2. Warm Baths:
You will find great relief in taking warm showers during this time.
- Having a warm bath provides great comfort to your aching body.
- Make sure that the water is not very hot.
[ Read: Hot Water Bath During Pregnancy ]
3. Kegel Exercises:
Despite the approaching deadline, continue to do your Kegel exercises. You will have an advantage during labor with stronger pelvis muscles.
4. Quality Time with Family:
Spend some quality time with family before the big day. Soak in the excitement and joy that surrounds you.
5. Have A Positive Mind:
It is vital to carry a positive and happy mind before delivery.
- You would have gone through a crazy emotional ride thanks to the hormonal kick all these months.
- Finally, you are this close to holding your baby in your arms.
- Think of a smooth delivery in your mind.
6. Books, Friends, Movies:
Catch up on movies, hang out with friends, read a book – do all that you want to do now.
- You will not get any time for yourself later on after the arrival of your baby.
- Indulge in some self-pampering; get a facial, manicure and pedicure. You will feel happy and uplifted.
[ Read: Books To Read During Pregnancy ]
7. Tackle Older Children:
If this is your second pregnancy and you have older children, prep them up about what is about to happen.
- Delegate baby related activities to them so that they feel a part of everything.
- Manage their expectations about your hospital stay during delivery and the people who will manage them in your absence.
- It is also important to express love to them and secure them of your undivided attention even after the new baby arrives.
8. Baby Names:
You will want to keep a list of names on your mind, both for boys and girls.
- Deciding on the baby name varies on an individual basis.
- If you are at the liberty of choosing a special name earlier, please do so.
9. Arrangements For Your Baby:
Making small arrangements like buying a car seat, getting a crib ready, stocking up on baby necessities have to be done now.
- Make sure you keep your hospital bag ready as well.
- This should contain both your and baby’s essentials during the hospital stay. Toiletries, set of clothes, towels, baby essentials etc., should be kept in the bag.
[ Read: Things To Do Before Baby Arrives ]
10. Labor and Childbirth:
Read up on the process of labor and childbirth despite having a pre-existing knowledge.
If this is your first pregnancy, talk to your partner and manage his expectations about what will transpire in the labor room. You do not want a shocked dad who will faint at the sight of delivery.
11. Sex During Pregnancy:
This is one question that has been in debate for long and should best be answered by your doctor.
- While you may fear having sex during the last trimester of your pregnancy, there is no confirmed evidence that intimacy has to be avoided.
- Sex is absolutely okay in a normal pregnancy as long as there is no pressure applied on your womb. Furthermore, sex also triggers the required contractions in the last two weeks when you are ready to deliver.
- If you have any special conditions like high blood pressure, HIV or other medical complications, speak to your doctor to understand what is appropriate.
12. Sleep and Sitting Posture:
Continue to sleep on the left side till the last week of delivery.
- You will now have a great urge to move around in sleep but hang in there; you are just around the corner.
- Sitting straight with a good back support should be continued.
- Make your chair soft and cushioned at work. It is important that you continue to maintain healthy reflexes.
1. Mental Stress:
As you continue to follow the necessary precautions as listed in month 8 of pregnancy, make sure that you also implement a relaxed routine.
- The thoughts of nesting, preparation of the baby’s arrival and questions about unforeseen tomorrow will haunt your mind.
- Taking a mental burden on the same is not at all advisable.
- This is the time for you to indulge, unwind, rest and relax. Wait for things to happen as time unfolds.
[ Read: Stress During Pregnancy ]
2. Physical Activity:
Engaging in strenuous physical activities is a complete NO.
- Take a step back while others take care of things at home. Try not to be pushy about being involved in everything.
- You have to take extra precaution from here on before applying any kind of body pressure on yourself.
3. Sudden Reflexes:
Do not sit or stand suddenly as this will lower your blood sugar.
- You may also have cramps at times with a heavy bump on the front.
- Continue with those slow and steady movements while performing the daily activities.
- Embrace yourself with a joyful feeling about the oncoming labor and delivery.
- Remind yourself that childbirth is a natural process.
- Do not take stress in imagining it beyond measure as people fill in your mind with their mythical and eventful tales.
- Wait for it to happen with the flow.
Hope you will follow these precautions during 9th month pregnancy to stay safe. All the while, your body will be preparing you to steer ahead for the labor. Keep an open mind about the process. Do not worry in excess. Enjoy the ride.
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