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Yes! You’re in your last month of pregnancy, and your baby could arrive at any time. Most women give birth between weeks 38 and 42, but very few babies arrive exactly on their due date.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Nine Months Pregnant

In the final month of your pregnancy, some of the normal pregnancy symptoms you might experience include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Mucus plug being expelled
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Backache
  • Itchy skin
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Leaky breasts
  • Increased hair growth on your face
  • "Lightening" — your baby drops lower, which makes it easier to breathe
  • Feeling fewer baby movements

Nine Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: Your baby’s lungs develop right up until birth, getting ready for her first breath and that all-important first cry. Soon you’ll be amazed by how much noise she can make.

By the last month of pregnancy, your baby should be positioned with her head down. If she’s in a breech position with her feet or bottom down, your doctor may attempt to turn her around or you could be offered a Cesarean birth.

Changes to Your Body: You’ll be feeling big, tired, and impatient — you might even feel fidgety sitting or lying down because nothing feels comfortable. Some moms-to-be also experience a surge in energy, as your body prepares for the birth.

One positive is that as your baby drops lower in your pelvis, this will take some pressure off your lungs, making it a little easier to breathe (though urgency to urinate may increase).

If you’re feeling cramps or contractions at this late stage, remember that there’s a difference between practice contractions and actual contractions, so jot down the intervals between contractions. If you think you might be in labor, call your doctor and report your symptoms.

If your baby is not born by week 40, your doctors will monitor you and your baby even more closely in weeks 41 and 42. You and your birthing team might discuss whether and when to induce labor. If your baby is not born by the end of week 42, you will likely be offered an induction to reduce any potential risks.

Adjusting to Your Pregnancy Body

You’re doing an important job by providing a safe home for your growing baby, but this doesn’t mean you’ll always feel fully comfortable with your new shape. During the second trimester, enjoy getting some comfortable and flattering maternity clothes, either at local stores or online.

You may wonder how to respond when you get advice, questions, and comments about your pregnancy from strangers and loved ones alike. One good strategy is to thank them, letting them know you’ll think about what they've said, and leave it at that.

You may have already chosen to share your news with your boss and others at your workplace and begun maternity leave plans. At five months pregnant, it’s worth starting to plan how you will hand over your responsibilities to your colleagues so that you’re not leaving big, stressful jobs until the third trimester.

Fifth Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Talk to your baby: Your baby is learning to recognize your voice and can hear better than before. Make a habit of talking, singing, or reading to your baby every day.
  • Know the signs of preterm labor: Now is the time to keep an eye out for the signs of preterm labor. Contact your doctor right away if you think you might be in preterm labor.
  • Use that energy boost: That second trimester surge in energy provides an opportunity to exercise, travel, prepare your home for your baby, and tie up any other loose ends.
  • Eat well: Your baby is growing rapidly at this point, and you might feel extra hungry. This is not the time to hold back on eating; instead, continue to eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods.
  • Get comfortable: Explore comfortable ways to sleep, choose more comfortable shoes (especially if you’re experiencing swollen feet), find maternity wear that gives your growing body plenty of room to move and breathe, and choose maternity bras that support the changing shape of your growing breasts.
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