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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 Caesarean 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.

First Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Find out if you’re pregnant: You can find out you’re pregnant by taking a home pregnancy test. These tests are usually more accurate when taken a few days or even a week after the first day of your missed period.
  • Get a doctor’s checkup: Head to your healthcare provider, who’ll be able to confirm your pregnancy via tests, including measuring your levels of the hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Your provider will also be able to give you guidance on the appointments you’ll need to keep over the next nine months (or so). To help you feel a little more prepared, read up on the different types of healthcare professionals you may come in contact with during pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy nutrition: Speak to your doctor about healthy pregnancy nutrition and what pregnancy vitamins or supplements might be right for you.
  • Refocus on your health: Try to quit unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, and try to reduce stress.
  • Check in with your feelings: This is an emotional time, and you might be feeling all kinds of physical symptoms and pregnancy emotions. Rest up, and speak to loved ones about how you are feeling.
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