Month 9

Your pregnancy – Month 9 (36 to 40 weeks)

Your Baby

  • Lungs are ready to work on their own.
  • Fingernails become complete and may grow long.
  • Moves to a head-down position and rests lower in your belly.
  • Amniotic fluid equals about 1 quart.
  • By the end of this month, baby grows 2.5 inches and gains 2 pounds (1/2 a pound a week).
  • Is 19 to 21 inches long and weighs 6 to 9 pounds.

Your Body

  • Belly button may stick out. Abdomen may appear lopsided as baby moves arms and legs or shifts positions.
  • Abdomen is increasing in size; begin to wonder how much longer before baby arrives.
  • Tire easily and often feel drowsy.
  • Breathing should be easier once the baby moves to a head-down position.
  • Baby is pressing on bladder; may need to urinate more often.
  • Sleep may be interrupted by the need to urinate and change position.
  • May be uncomfortable because of the pressure and weight of baby.
  • Feet and ankles may swell.
  • Cervix opens up (dilates) and thins out (effaces) as it prepares for birth. Tired of being pregnant and are ready for birth.
  • May not gain any weight this month; may even lose 1 or 2 pounds.

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