Time is just flying; we have reached the 9th month, phewww! Long journey that is! We are just 3-4 weeks away from your due date, yey!
How Big Is Your Baby
Baby is as big as a papaya at this time weighing nearly 5.8 pounds and is 18.7 inches from the crown to the heel. Babies system is pretty mature and almost ready for life on the outside. Immune system has developed well but others would still need a finishing line. One simple example is digestion – which actually won’t fully mature until someone after birth. This is mainly because inside her little gestational cocoon your baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, which notifies that though the digestive track is developed it has not been active.
All About You
Most of the symptoms remain the same for you. One good thing would be you will be able to breathe more deeply as the baby descends into your pelvis.
At 36th week your pregnant belly is wont increase much, you must have closely gained 25-35 pounds (12-16kgs) about the length of a head of romaine lettuce, which is surely making it challenging to move, but try to be active even in the last few weeks. Obviously nothing that’s vigorous but light walks will also work.
Now in the last month you may not gain much weight, may be some 1-2 kgs that’s it.
This should be your happy time, as your baby drops into your pelvic cavity the upward pressure of the uterus on your diaphragm is relieved. This is termed as “lightening”. After this happens you will be able to breathe bigger and deeper.
If your baby is still not facing downwards don’t worry, there is a low risk procedure for a breech baby. It is called external cephalic version procedure; it is an attempt to turn baby by pushing or lifting your pregnant belly. You may be given a medication to relax your uterus.
By this term your baby is considered “early term”, whereas full term is 39-40 weeks and preterm is before 37 weeks, post 41 weeks is late term
Since a lot of space is taken up by the baby you may have problems eating large meals at a time, have small and frequent meals.
- Buy some nursing bra for yourself as you may be experiencing leaky breast.
- Have small frequent meals if you’re feeling nausea.
- Keep a track on baby’s movements and notify if there is vast difference.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.