Maternal Changes (Month 9)

Maternal Changes (Month 9)

Time does fly so fast. It’s like just yesterday you’ve been obsessing with your period cycle and today marks the 9th month of your pregnancy period. This is when you should put everything on the table. I know, you are not in your expected delivery date yet but in my defence, you should start thinking about childbirth classes, practising breathing technique with your husband and revise every single reading material pertaining to the child delivery. 

Don’t forget to update your colleague regarding your latest progress at work and how do you expect they will carry it on. I mean, you don’t want to worry about your project when you have to take care of your small baby, do you? This is the best time to enjoy something with your husband/family. You are carrying so much weight, so don’t even think about intense physical activities. Dinner would be nice and a gathering or families would be so much better. You would need all the support you have especially if you are a new mother.

At 9th month of pregnancy, some symptoms that would still bother you are:

  • Pelvic discomfort: As your baby descends into your pelvis, it will allow you to breathe but it will put a significant amount of pressure on your pelvis. Discomfort is normal but you need to watch out for any sign of contraction.
  • Heartburn: As your digestive system is currently crowded, it’s prevented from working the way it uses to be when you weren’t pregnant. Avoid spicy food and if you do have them, consult your doctor and ask if it is possible for you to get a prescription of antacids.
  • Braxton Hicks contraction: This false labour could happen more frequent and more intense. That’s why some women would be presented early thinking that they were having a contraction when it is actually not. If you are uncomfortable or felt that your contractions are severe than usual, consult your doctor.
  • Vaginal discharge: It’s normal as the body is preparing for delivery but take note regarding the colour of your discharge. It could be a sign of labour if it is clear and watery, blood for preterm labour or mucous plugs which is also a sign of labour.
  • Swollen ankle and feet: As you progress week by week, your swollen ankle and feet might get more prominent. Don’t worry though. Usually, after delivery, the swelling would disappear.
  • Trouble sleeping: This can be attributable to anxiety. You are anxious to experience labour and childbirth. So end up waking up way too early. Try to do something relaxing. 

Pregnant belly

There aren’t many changes on the size of your belly. You will gain weight according to your respective BMI classes. By this time, you will experience difficulty to move around and quite uncomfortable with the extra weight you have to carry. Just hang in there. Remember, the longer you retain, the less likely that your baby would need extra care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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