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9 Months Pregnant

Feb 11, 2022 | 2 minutes Read

You've made it! Your baby could arrive any day now—can you believe it?

All babies born between 39 and 42 weeks of pregnancy are considered full-term. Your specific due date is simply somewhere in the middle of this three-week timeframe. If you haven’t welcomed your little one into the world just yet, your baby is enjoying their last bit of time in your cozy womb.

It's normal to feel anxious at this final point of pregnancy. Conflicting emotions and concerns about feeling unprepared but excited to meet your little one may be difficult to deal with.

Try to keep your mind occupied. Educate yourself on how to care for your newborn. Check the pregnancy content on the Huggies site.

From the moment your baby arrives, you’ll be busy. It's hard to imagine that such a tiny person can take up so much time, but they will! Learning in advance how to give your little one their first bath, how to swaddle them and change a diaper will only make life easier.

You at 9 months pregnant

Your body is ready to give birth. Pretty soon you could be in labor and on your way to the hospital. Or perhaps you're scheduled for an elective caesarean section. Try not to panic when labor does start. Millions of women have given birth to healthy babies and the odds are very high that you will do the same.

Be prepared for the following situations in the days leading up to labor:

  • You might not give birth on your due date. 95% of women don’t give birth exactly on their due date. Your baby could be born any time from 38 to 42 weeks.

  • Your water could break any day now. If this happens, you will most likely feel liquid trickling down your leg, not a sudden splash of water on the floor. Don’t panic. Just get to a bathroom and call your partner and provider. This usually signals labor. However, you might not give birth for another 24 to 48 hours. It is a sign though that things are starting.

  • You will go into labor. Somehow your body knows when it's time to give birth. It starts to release chemicals called prostaglandins that cause your cervix to dilate and your uterus to start contracting.

  • Your contractions could be fast and strong following your water breaking. Or you may not have any contractions for a while. Every woman and each labor is different.

Your baby at 9 months pregnant

Your little one will be ready to meet you anytime from 38 weeks' gestation. By now they will weigh in at around 6 to 8 pounds and measure anywhere between 18 to 21 inches.

In the days leading up to birth, the umbilical cord will begin to transfer antibodies to your baby. The antibodies will help your baby build up immunity to many harmful bacteria and germs that are in the outside world.

Things to think about

You might have your labor planned out precisely in your head. However, chances are when your delivery day comes, things will go a little differently.

It's very normal to experience feelings of disappointment and worry when things don’t go to plan. Do your best to go with the flow. The most important thing is that you and your baby make it through birth safely and in good health.

Know that drama you go through on the big day may eventually become a fond memory that you will one day share with your child.

If, however, you have problems accepting the type of labor and birth you had, speak with your pregnancy care provider. Some women need counseling after their baby's birth to help them come to terms with their experience.

The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.