MONTH 9: Weeks 32-36
Possible physical changes
See Months 7 and 8. In addition, strong regular fetal activity, increasingly heavy vaginal discharge, leaking urine, increased constipation, lower-back pain, shortness of breath, more intense and/or frequent Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Possible emotional changes
Anxiety over you and your baby's safety during delivery, excitement that birth is near, "nesting instincts" increase--you may be spending more time shopping for baby items, at this point, you might also be wondering whether the pregnancy will ever end.
Possible appetite changes
See Month 8.
The inside story
Fetus is about 18 inches long and weighs about 5 pounds. Brain growth accelerates, fetus should be able to see and hear. Most other systems are well-developed, although lungs may be immature. Fetus has an excellent chance of survival outside womb.
See Month 8. You may be unable to sleep now due to shortness of breath. Prop pillows around you, or think about getting a special pregnancy pillow.
Walking and gentle exercise , childbirth classes, increased intimacy with partner. To ease Braxton-Hicks contractions, lie down and relax, or get up and walk around. Soak in a warm (not hot!) tub. Firm up hospital plans, complete work projects.
PIH, premature labor, "placenta previa" (placenta either close to or covering cervical opening), "abruptio placenta" (placenta separates from the uterus).
When to call your doctor
See Months 7 and 8. Painless vaginal bleeding or severe contractions may indicate complications, severe headaches and visual changes, especially if blood pressure has been a problem.