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Weight Gain and Baby's Development in Ninth Month

Ninth month of your pregnancy is the most crucial month. You are near to your delivery date, find out what to expect in this month.

Once you reach the ninth month of your pregnancy, it is almost the end of a long journey of aspirations. Your baby is developing for birth by the second week of the ninth month. There must be a lot of thoughts and emotions building up as you near your delivery date.

The Baby’s Development

Let us have a look the developments taking place in a baby during the ninth month of pregnancy .

Baby’s Weight during the Ninth Month -  Your baby will weigh around 6-8 pounds at this stage and will grow in 17-20 inches in length. Although the growth of your baby will be pretty fast, your weight will remain unchanged. There might even be a loss of a pound or so in some mothers-to-be. In the ninth month there will be a gain of around 2.5 pounds in body fat and an increase of 2 inches in height.

Most of the babies take the head down position at this stage. The weight of your placenta will be 1.5 pounds and the umbilical cord will be around 2 feet in length. As the baby gradually makes its way towards your pelvis, you will feel an added pressure on your bladder, but the pressure on your rib cage will be a lot eased out.

Foetal Movements During the Ninth Month - The foetal movements will be very less and very slow and the baby will become less active as well. The reason is the room is running short for the baby as it is now almost fully developed. But there is nothing to worry if you find the movements are very infrequent.

As the baby comes nearer to the pelvis, his head comes closer to the birth canal. The internal organs of your baby are fully developed at this stage; the ninth month is just the period for some end touches. For instance, the lungs which are the latest to develop begin to secrete surfactant, the material that is responsible to help the lungs expand as the process of breathing happens. The kidneys of the baby are functioning quite well. He gives out around two pints of urine regularly. By now the weight gain of your baby has become more or less stable.

The Internal Tests for the Expecting Mother

There will be the series of regular tests and examinations and given that you are nearing your delivery date, there will be some series of other tests too. You will have to visit the doctor every week until delivery and if required after every 3-4 days. You will be checked on whether your cervix is thinning and softening. It will also be noted whether these are coupled with dilation or there is effacement.

Dilations can be quite misleading at times as in some cases it has been observed that despite the dilations, the baby does not travel down the cervix for weeks. So, two or three centimeters dilation must not be ignored albeit, it does not signal immediate delivery. Again in some cases, half inch dilation takes place in a day, and the mother goes into labour the very next day! So it is basically all about expectations and time to relax; as it can be any day from now. 

For the mother it is more of a wait now for the arrival of the new born. In most cases, it is found that the baby is born either two weeks prior to the due date or two weeks following the due date. As you approach the D-day, you might find it difficult to relax as a lot of thoughts will be clouding up your mind. Besides, as the baby nears the birth canal, you will also find it difficult to rest in a comfortable position. It is advisable to rest as much as possible and avoid eating if you are into labour as it might trigger off nausea.

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