There are only a few weeks, maybe days or even hours until your next 'blind date' in which I assure you that you will meet the love of your life. The baby's birth is very close and your emotions are sure to be on the surface. Are you nervous or expectant? You are surely a roller coaster with ups and downs! Now more than ever you have to take care of yourself inside and out. What you have to know about this ninth month of pregnancy for you and your little one.
Through the different tests that have been done over the past few months, it has been possible to intuit what the weight and final height of your little one will be. Between weeks 32 and 36 of pregnancy (end of the eighth month and beginning of the ninth month), the last ultrasound will be done and you will have a lot of information about your baby.
This test will confirm the position of the baby facing delivery (cephalic or breech), position and status of the placenta and, also, of the umbilical cord, the levels of amniotic fluid, and the estimated weight and height. He is still growing and gaining weight, and by now he can be around 18-50 inches tall and weigh around 2.5 to 3 kilos.
Sometimes the length of the cervix is measured, especially if the woman has had contractions, since it is one of the factors that can predict a preterm or premature delivery. And you are given instructions on how these last weeks will run: when will monitors be done, what happens if you reach 40 weeks of pregnancy, what you have to take to the hospital ...
Your lungs have matured and are ready to function on their own in the event that you are in a rush to get out and see the new world that awaits you. Already beginning to have difficulty moving within, because it does not have much space (the mother will notice the kicks more), so she looks for the best position, usually standing with her head down, which will make her press on mother's bladder and she will have a constant urge to urinate.
In these weeks another great change will take place in him: he loses the layer that covers him and her skin takes on a rosier color. When it is born, it will do so with what is known as vernix caseosa, which will disappear by itself during the first hours and days of the baby, but it has an important function: to protect the child from dehydration and, even, from environmental infections that surrounds it.
Your desire to see your little one's face will make it harder for you every day to get up and get going. It is normal! You feel very uncomfortable due to the weight and pressure of the fetus and the uncertainty that everything will turn out well. These last few weeks are endless! On the one hand, you want to keep having your baby inside you, but on the other hand, you dream of hugging him and showering him with kisses, right?
While the dreamed moment arrives, your body keeps changing. It is very common for varicose veins to appear and to increase the swelling of the ankles and feet. To combat it, it is best to wear loose clothing, walk 30 minutes a day, do not carry weight, rest with your feet up and take a cold shower. Days before delivery, your hands (if you are wearing rings, take them off to avoid any fright) and your face will also swell, especially your lips, a clear sign that the moment of delivery is very close.
Also, in these last weeks, the navel may stick out (if it hasn't already), as if it were a small bump. Whether you do it sooner or later will depend on the elasticity of the woman's skin and, we take the opportunity to resolve another question you will have: your navel will return to its place (in very few cases an umbilical hernia occurs).
Everyone will try to rest for what is to come, but falling asleep will be almost a miracle. At the end of the pregnancy, baby moves more and these movements can wake you up in the middle of the night. We are sorry to tell you that there is no remedy for this problem. Apart from this circumstance, it must be said that it is more difficult for pregnant women in the last trimester to fall asleep. What posture is the most recommended? On the left side to promote blood circulation and with a cushion between the legs.
In this period and, according to the document 'Pregnancy Guide', prepared by the Millet Clinic, 'a small bleeding may appear due to the dilation of the cervix due to the start of contractions'. The expulsion of the mucous plug (similar to vaginal discharge, sticky consistency and color from transparent to brown) may also occur which, although it does not mean that the delivery will be in a few hours if it warns us or alerts us that it can be in a few days.
When losing the mucous plug (many women do not even realize it), you must take extreme precautions because it worked as a barrier to protect the baby from possible infections. Thus, it is recommended to avoid sexual relations with your partner and swimming in the pool.
Food is still very important and we must not neglect it. Among the foods that cannot be lacking in your diet, you must pay special attention to those that have iron (meat and seafood), due to increased blood volume; carbohydrates (pasta and rice) to combat fatigue; fiber to deal with the possible constipation that the woman may be suffering; and fish rich in essential fatty acids, important for the development of the baby. Nor can we forget to drink a lot of water so as not to become dehydrated.
From the seventh month of pregnancy, you will have started to notice Braxton Hicks contractions. They are not labor contractions, but rather involuntary movements or spasms of the uterus that are aimed at favor the baby's accommodation in the pregnant woman's pelvis and assist the maturation of the cervix.
How to differentiate these movements from what will be the labor contractions? When will we know that the great moment is very near? You can tell if you are in labor if your contractions:
- They are regular or at equal intervals (for example every 10 minutes).
- You have them more than 5 times in an hour.
- They last 30 to 70 seconds.
- They don't stop when you move or change position.
At this point, anything that upsets you or that you have doubts, go to your health center or hospital!
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