Ninth-month questions

Pregnancy Guide

Ninth-month questions

Your baby's kick is becoming harder! That's because your child becomes highly active this last month. We bet they just can't wait to meet the whole world! You will also begin to experience more mixed feelings. You will feel happy, worried and excited at the same time! So, take a deep breath and relax as we talk about the changes to your body and your baby's development.

Changes in your body
Your baby has been staying in your tummy for nine months. Some time ago you may have had experienced false contraction which is commonly known as Braxton Hicks. The amusing word was found by a British doctor, John Braxton Hicks in 1872. The false contraction starts in the second trimester, but reaches its peak in the third trimester right up to delivery.

When Braxton Hicks happens, your womb muscles become tense for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. This activity prepares you so you will not be shocked when you are in labour. Moms and dads, please learn the difference between false and real contractions so that you will not panic and rush to hospital during false alarm.

False contraction is irregular and it fades easily, while real contraction happens for a long term and it becomes stronger and more painful as it gains momentum. Moms, pay attention on the contractions you are experiencing.

Embryo Development
Your child is currently in the position that is ready for delivery, but if your child is in a horizontal position, your doctor will let you know. Your child weighs 2.2 - 3.4 kg and is 32 cm long. At that size, your child has to curl up in the womb.

For a smooth delivery, consider joining a pregnancy aerobics class. This will help you practice pushing and minimise the risk of a horizontal birth. During this long-awaited month, you and your husband should prepare everything required for the delivery. Check for items such as your child's clothes, your spare clothes and other items.

Another thing to take note is to keep an eye on your baby's digestive system to keep them healthy. A good digestive system will keep your child healthy when they explore the great, big, wide world. Digestive disorders happen as your child's stomach is still sensitive or they're adapting to a new diet after birth. You don't have to worry about digestive disorders, as long as you feed your child breast milk. Breast milk contains all the nutrients required by your child's digestive system.

Can't wait to hear your baby's cry and hold their small hands for the first time? We totally understand! You're almost there, mum!

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