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ninth month-baby

Finally the countdown begins for the delivery as you enter the ninth month of pregnancy. By this time you must have put all your baby nursery things together and the excitement to have your baby in your arms grows with each day. So as you begin the final countdown, we wish all the mothers very big congratulations, for completing this incredible journey of nine months of pregnancy. At the ninth month of pregnancy, your baby gains about 1/2 pound a week. Your baby by this time has most probably dropped into a head down position and rests lower in the mother’s abdomen.

Your Baby

At 38-40 weeks your baby is known as a full term baby and is ready to be born. By this time the baby’s lungs are mature and ready to function on their own.

Your Body


 

In the ninth month of pregnancy, women may find their bellybutton sticking out. Backache is very common during the last month. You may be very tired. Your breathing will be easier as your baby drops, but you will have to urinate more as the baby puts pressure on your bladder. Swelling of ankles and feet may also increase this month. Your cervix will open up known as dilate and thin out as it gets ready for birth. With each passing day you will feel more and more uncomfortable as the pressure and weight of the fetus increases. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Pregnancy due date is a guess as to when your baby may arrive. The majority of babies will show up from two weeks before this date to two weeks after this date.

Prenatal Care Guide

After 36th week of pregnancy, you will need to visit your doctor every week. At thirty eight weeks, some doctors do an internal exam. This is to look for any changes in the cervix. You may not gain any weight at all this month, or even lose 1 or 2 pounds. You may have gained 8-10 pounds during the last three months. Finally the time has come for your contractions and face the labor pains. If you are not sure whether they are Braxton hicks or labor pains then drink some water and lie down. This change of positions is often enough to stop Braxton Hicks contractions. Real labor would continue to progress even after you lie down. If you have any of these symptoms then there is a good probability that you are going into labor.

Your contractions are regular or evenly spaced apart (every 10 minutes, for example).

  • Happen more than 5 times an hour.
  • Last for 30 to 70 seconds.
  • Get worse as you move around.

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Eighth month of pregnancy means both excitement and nervousness. Most of this month is spend in increasing discomfort, the tensions whether you are going into pre-term labor and whether your baby is kicking enough. People around you will say to relax and each women who has gone through pregnancy, knows it’s not possible.

Your Baby


 

This month your baby’s brain is growing rapidly. By now your baby is running out of space and so the kicks may be less but nevertheless strong.You may notice the shape of an elbow or heel through your abdomen.Bones of the head are soft and flexible to make it easier for baby to fit through the birth canal. Your baby may have a lot of hair on their head or none, both extremes are normal. Lungs are still not fully developed. He can taste sweet and sour in the fluid. He hiccups and cries by the end of the month. If your baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, it can survive with a bit of medical attention. Baby is now about 18 inches long and weighs about 5 pounds.

Your Body

Women going through the eighth month of pregnancy will feel stronger contractions as compared to the seventh month of pregnancy.Some women even leak colostrums, that’s the first yellow milk that feeds your baby; this month. You will also have a hard time falling to sleep as it’s getting difficult by the day to get comfortable. Try having some extra pillows under your head. If you walk a bit fast then you may experience shortness of breath, as your baby crowds your lungs. Baby may even crowd your stomach, killing your appetite. Try having 5-6 small meals, rather than 2-3 big ones. By eighth month pregnancy the top of your uterus lies just under your rib cage.

Prenatal Care Guide

After the 32nd week of pregnancy, your doctor will advise you come for visit every 2 weeks. You should gain 1 pound a week this month. Some of the things pregnant women need to look out this month are:

  • Bleeding or a gush of fluid from your vagina
  • Cramps, stomach pains or a dull backache
  • Blurry vision or spots before your eyes
  • A feeling that the baby is pushing down
  • A noticeable decrease in the baby’s movements
  • More than 5 contractions in one hour

If you have any of these symptoms, get in touch with your doctor immediately. One of some of these symptoms can be an indication that you are going into labor.

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Seventh Month Of Pregnancy

Seventh month of pregnancy marks the beginning of the third and final trimester of your pregnancy. The third trimester of pregnancy is most delicate and women need to be careful in the last three months. At this stage of pregnancy, you have surely started marking the date on your calendar and eagerly waiting for your delivery date to come fast.

Your Baby


Your baby is now growing rapidly and can open and close its eyes, and eye lashes are growing. It can also suck its thumb and cry. Your baby can also kick and stretch itself in your womb as well as respond to light and sound.
Try to talk to your baby from this month and as your baby will be able to hear you and after birth may also recognize your voice. If your baby is born in the seventh month of pregnancy there is a good chance of its survival. Sometime after twenty eight weeks the baby will settle into a head down position. Most will stay in this position for the rest of the pregnancy. Your baby is now about 15 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.

Your Body

Your body is going through major changes at the 7th month of pregnancy. You may find your ankles and feet swell from standing. Try lying down for a while with your feet raised. If swelling lasts longer than 24 hours, or if hands and face swell suddenly, call your doctor. You may begin to feel some of the discomforts of the third trimester. Some of the common discomforts include constipation, heart burn, headache, indigestion, nasal congestion, back ache and leg cramps. As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts. Stretch marks are also common from this month and breasts get bigger. Some women also experience false labor contractions known as Braxton Hicks. This is normal in this stage of pregnancy. They are not very painful, but feel more like a tightening. These contractions don’t cause the cervix to efface or dilate. Real contractions get stronger and closer together. But if you have more than 5 contractions in an hour then let your doctor know about it. As your belly gets bigger, you may lose your sense of balance. You will tend to fall easily. Walk slowly and be careful. Just two more months to go.

Prenatal Care Guide

Visit your doctor as per the scheduled appointments. Continue to eat a healthy diet with a variety of food that is good for you. You should gain 1 pound a week this month. Make sure you rest adequately as your body requires it. Most doctors do a blood test for maternal diabetes at 28 to 30 weeks. You may have a glucose tolerance test at this visit. This checks how well your body is metabolizing sugars. It is useful for detecting gestational diabetes. You will be given a glucose solution to drink. Blood will be drawn to determine how well you are processing the sugar.The doctor will also listen to the baby’s heart rate and check the fundal height. This is important for detecting problems such as too much or not enough amniotic fluid.

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sixth month of pregnancy

Sixth month of pregnancy means you have reached half way through your pregnancy and now have started to think about labor pains and delivery and finally to have your baby in your arms. Your baby is growing rapidly inside you and there are many changes that are going on within you. Let’s see what the sixth month of pregnancy holds for you.

Your Baby


 

Your baby’s skin is now red and wrinkled and covered with soft fine hair. At this stage your baby still needs your womb and the lungs are still not ready to function outside the mother’s womb.

If your baby is born now, he has to be kept in the intensive care till he completes at least 37 weeks. Fat is beginning to form under the surface of the skin. This will keep the baby warm and regulate body temperature after birth. The facial features look like a miniature newborn baby. Eyelids begin to part and the eyes open. Finger and toe prints can be seen. At the end of the 6th month, the fetus is 11 to 14 inches long and weighs 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.

Your Body

By the 6th month of pregnancy you can feel your baby kicking strongly. The skin on your growing belly may start to itch. Your back may also start hurting by this time. It’s advised to wear low heel shoes or flats as they are more comfortable and its better in maintaining balance. If your backache is troubling you too much, then start some simple exercises with the advice of your doctor. Avoid stand for long periods of time. You may feel pain down the side of your belly as your uterus stretches.

Prenatal Care Guide

Visit your regularly as scheduled in appointments in the sixth month of pregnancy. Complications are easier to prevent and treat if the mother has good care during the pregnancy. You will be weighed and your blood pressure will be checked. You will need to give a urine sample. The doctor will listen to the baby’s heart rate and measure the fundal height. Constipation may become a problem at the moment. Drink plenty of fluids like juices, water, milk etc. and take fibre rich food to keep constipation problems at bay. To help with heartburn, try eating 4 or 5 smaller meals during the day. Do not take laxatives or antacids without asking your health care provider.