Pregnancy by Month: Month 9

The 9th month of pregnancy includes weeks 35 through 40, although many women carry past their due date even by a couple of weeks.




Week 35

for Baby:

Although the lungs continue to mature, all the rest of your baby's organs are nearly complete.  The kidneys are completely developed and the liver is functional and capable of processing waste.  Your baby continues building up fat under the skin.  Baby is approximately 18 inches long and 5.25 lbs.

for Mom:

Around this time your healthcare professional will probably test you for Group B streptococcus (GBS) which just involves a swabbing of the rectal and vaginal area.  Many women are unaware that they carry it, but it can be passed to the baby during birth.  With proper testing and treatment the risks to the newborn are relatively low.  






Week 36

for Baby:

Your baby continues gaining weight, filling out and getting pinker.  Your baby is likely head down by now, but if he or she is not, your doctor may recommend an external version to manually rotate baby.  Baby's brain is rapidly developing as he or she nears birth.  Baby is approximately 18.75 inches long now.

for Mom:

In the final month of pregnancy, you will likely be seeing your doctor weekly where they may do cervical checks to check the position, dilation and effacement of your uterus.  You'll want to make sure your home is prepped for baby and may want to consider making yourself freezer meals, for easy eating after your little one arrives and making yourself some DIY postpartum padsicles.  

Week 37

for Baby:

It's important to note that 37 weeks used to be considered full term.  However, we have come to a new understanding that the lungs are still not fully mature at this stage and now 39 weeks is considered full term.  So let's hope baby stays put for the next two weeks as he or she continues growing and developing.

for Mom:

You're just weeks away from your due date now.  It's common to feel tired of being pregnant and anxious for baby's arrival as the third trimester symptoms and discomfort increase.  Because labor could begin any day now, it's a good idea to have a hospital bag packed and ready to go.  For daily use items, leave a note on top of the bag to remind you what else to pack.  Make sure you have everything you need for both yourself and your baby.  Check out our article on What to Pack in a Hospital Bag.






Week 38

for Baby:

Your baby is getting its antibodies from you to help protect against illness after birth.  After birth, antibodies can be passed through breast milk.  The lanugo, or fine hair covering the skin and vernix, waxy protective coating are disappearing.  Though many babies are born with some of both still attached.

for Mom:

Your weight gain may slow down or stop by this point in your pregnancy.  Try to take time to relax or spend time with your spouse or other children before baby arrives.  Make sure you get your car seat installed and checked by a certified professional (this can be done at many fire departments) so you can be confident that baby is safe as possible while in the car.

Week 39

for Baby:

This week, your little one is finally dull term.  Baby's arm and leg muscles are strong from all that kicking and moving around inside you. Baby may make his or her arrival any day now!  Baby is approximately 20 inches long now.

for Mom:

As baby descends further down into the birth canal, you may find it easier to breath as your lungs have more space.  However, you may also experience more pelvic pain and discomfort as your body gets ready for birth.  Pay attention for the signs of labor and be prepared to go to your birthing place when it's time.

Week 40+

for Baby:

It's time for your due date!  Baby is fully developed and ready to make their grand entrance into the world.  

for Mom:

Only around 5% of women actually give birth on time.  It's very common to deliver early, or even up to a couple weeks late.  Typically, health practitioners don't want to let women carry past 42 weeks and may recommend an induction.




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About Maddi Casey

Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at coffeeandwinemom.com. She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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