Month 7-9 of Pregnancy!

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13 Sep

You’ve entered the third trimester, the final stretch of pregnancy in so many ways. Do not forget to write everything down, and journal it. Remember to subscribe today or go to our FREEBIES for our Mommies. We posted free downloads of ALL the things needed for your hospital bag. And a free download of cute Journal pages from Happy Planner, (I totally wish they had them when I was pregnant!)

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Seven Months Pregnant

At this stage of the third trimester, it’s common to feel the effects of your growing tummy and of your progressing pregnancy. Symptoms can include:

  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Heartburn
  • Stretch marks
  • Itchy skin
  • Foot and leg cramps
  • Hot flashes
  • Frequent urination
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Braxton Hicks contractions

Remember, everyone is different, and you may not experience all of these pregnancy symptoms. Some pregnancy symptoms that can worry moms-to-be include:

Stretch marks: At seven months pregnant, your baby bump will be getting bigger each day. As a result, you might get stretch marks on your tummy, as well as your breasts, thighs, arms, or buttocks. Many women get these pink or reddish purple lines, but, after birth, they’ll usually fade with time. Keeping a healthy pregnancy diet and gaining the right amount of weight gradually throughout the pregnancy may help reduce the likelihood of stretch marks.

Itchy skin: As your skin stretches, it might also itch. Rub soothing oils or a gentle moisturizer on your skin and bathe in warm water, as hot water can be too drying for your skin.

Seven Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: At about week 32, babies often turn head-down in preparation for birth and also start to move downward, putting pressure on your bladder (bathroom, anyone?). This may take some pressure off your lungs, making it a little easier to breathe. Your baby’s bones are also beginning to harden.

The skull, however, remains softer so that the baby can pass through the birth canal more easily. The plates of the skull slide over each other during birth, which is why some babies are born with a cone-shaped head. Don’t worry, though — the shape of your baby’s head will go back to normal within a few days.

Changes to Your Body: During the seventh month of pregnancy, the space is getting a little snug in your uterus, and your baby might be moving less because of this. You are still likely to feel some movement each day.

Because your center of gravity changes as your tummy grows, you might feel unsteady on your feet, so take your time while walking. As your belly expands, you might also lose the ability to bend over, and your gait might even change to support your tummy.

Your breasts will grow and become even heavier. The veins on your breasts might become more visible, and the color of your nipples might darken.

Seventh Month of Pregnancy Quick List

Rest up: It’s important to get as much rest as possible. Although you might find sleeping more difficult as your tummy grows, try sleeping on your side with pillows supporting your tummy, and place a pillow between your legs.

Find out about preterm labor: Many moms-to-be worry about preterm labor and can sometimes mistake it for Braxton Hicks contractions. To help allay your fears, it might help to get familiar with the signs of preterm labor, which include persistent cramps or contractions, spotting or bleeding, and lower back pain. If you’re concerned you might be in preterm labor, or have any questions about what you're experiencing, consult your doctor.

Talk to loved ones: With all of the pregnancy symptoms and your changing body shape, you might feel that you’ve lost control over your body. It’s an emotional time, and these feelings are normal. Try to rest and relax, talk to loved ones about how you’re feeling, and remember that you don’t have much longer to go.

Learn about Braxton Hicks contractions: These practice contractions are also known as "false" contractions, and you might experience several during your third trimester.

Brainstorm baby names: You might have settled on a baby name, but if not try the name generator test. It is a fun game that you and your partner can enjoy together.

It’s been a long road, but you still have a lot to look forward to at eight months pregnant. By the end of week 37, your baby is very nearly full term.

Remember, only about 5 percent of babies arrive exactly on their due date, and most women give birth somewhere between week 38 and week 42. That means that toward the end of the eighth month of pregnancy you can start to expect to go into labor at any time.

Of course, although you could go into labor this month, you could still be several weeks away from giving birth, so take the time this month to get ready.

Preparing for Labor

Preparing for labor, and watching for the signs of labor, is key at this point in your pregnancy. You know you’re in actual labor (as opposed to having practice contractions, known as Braxton Hicks contractions) when the contractions are regular and occurring at increasingly short intervals. When going into labor, you might also feel lower-back pain, cramps, or pelvic pressure. Your water might break, and you might see a blood-tinged discharge, known as a “bloody show.”

Don’t panic when you notice these signs of labor. Contact your doctor, who will be able to advise how long you should wait at home and when to head to the hospital.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Eight Months Pregnant

During the eighth month of pregnancy, you may experience some pregnancy symptoms, but take heart because you’re nearly there. This month, typical pregnancy symptoms might include:

  • Clumsiness
  • Leaky breasts
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • General discomfort due to the size of your tummy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood changes
  • Itchy skin
  • Weight gain

Eight Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: Your baby will have "dropped" by now (moving down toward your pelvis) and will still be growing, albeit at a slower rate. It’s getting very tight in there now, so don’t be surprised if you feel less movement.

Changes to Your Body: Aside from physical changes, you might also be feeling quite emotional. The size of your tummy will be a reason for many people to offer advice, and you might be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, annoyed, or nervous. You might also be feeling a little impatient, but know that your baby is getting ready to meet you and just needs a little more time. Settle into these feelings and remember that this is an emotional time that you will get through — you can do this.

Yes! You’re in your last month of pregnancy, and your baby could arrive at any time. Most women give birth between weeks 38 and 42, but very few babies arrive exactly on their due date.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Nine Months Pregnant

In the final month of your pregnancy, some of the normal pregnancy symptoms you might experience include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Mucus plug being expelled
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Backache
  • Itchy skin
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Leaky breasts
  • Increased hair growth on your face
  • "Lightening" — your baby drops lower, which makes it easier to breathe
  • Feeling fewer baby movements

Nine Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: Your baby’s lungs develop right up until birth, getting ready for her first breath and that all-important first cry. Soon you’ll be amazed by how much noise she can make.

By the last month of pregnancy, your baby should be positioned with her head down. If she’s in a breech position with her feet or bottom down, your doctor may attempt to turn her around or you could be offered a Cesarean birth.

Changes to Your Body: You’ll be feeling big, tired, and impatient — you might even feel fidgety sitting or lying down because nothing feels comfortable. Some moms-to-be also experience a surge in energy, as your body prepares for the birth.

One positive is that as your baby drops lower in your pelvis, this will take some pressure off your lungs, making it a little easier to breathe (though urgency to urinate may increase).

If you’re feeling cramps or contractions at this late stage, remember that there’s a difference between practice contractions and actual contractions, so jot down the intervals between contractions. If you think you might be in labor, call your doctor and report your symptoms.

If your baby is not born by week 40, your doctors will monitor you and your baby even more closely in weeks 41 and 42. You and your birthing team might discuss whether and when to induce labor. If your baby is not born by the end of week 42, you will likely be offered an induction to reduce any potential risks.