Month 9 (weeks 36-40)
You’re really close to the end now, and it’s more than likely you’re ready for this pregnancy to come to an end. Aches, pains, niggles, sleepless nights, the ever-present need to go to the loo… Yes, it’s time for this baby to come meet you! You may start feeling a bit apprehensive about the birth, although this might be juxtaposed with excitement and anticipation. Your uterus is right under your ribs now, and you’ve probably felt a few kicks and jabs in them by now. As for all those people who keep asking, “Haven’t you had that baby yet?”, you might feel quite irritable – understandable, as you’re anxious, too!
How big is my baby?
At the beginning of this month, your baby will be about 2.7kg and 49cm long, almost as big as he or she will be at birth. Your baby’s growth continues until the end of pregnancy, but will slow down a bit, as there isn’t as much room as there used to be. You’ll feel less kicking and more squirming and shifting around as your baby continues to flex his or her limbs. By the end of this month, your baby will weigh around 3.5-4kg – although it’s possible he or she will be heavier or lighter,
WEEK 36: Your baby is the size of a head of romaine lettuce (2.7kg, 49cm) and his or her digestive system is developed.
WEEK 37: Your baby is the size of a pumpkin (2.9kg, 50cm) and is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid to practise breathing.
WEEK 38: Your baby is the size of a bundle of leeks (3.1kg, 51cm) and his or her pink skin has turned whitish.
WEEK 39: Your baby is the size of a loaf of bread (3.3kg, 52cm) and continues to shed vernix in preparation for birth.
WEEK 40: Your baby is the size of a watermelon (3.5kg, 53cm) and is ready to arrive!