At 9 Months Pregnant

Your body is preparing for birth

It's taken nearly 9 months to reach this point in your pregnancy. Your body has grown and changed. You may have experienced some of the common discomforts of nausea, backache, indigestion. Now, as you prepare for the birth of your baby, your body, too, is undergoing additional changes.

You may experience some of these symptoms:

  • Increased false labor contractions
  • Leaking fluid
  • Bloody show
  • Lightening
  • Shortness of breath
  • Urinary frequency
  • Nesting instinct
  • Burst of energy

Pack your bags

While most pregnancies last for 40 weeks, full-term babies can be born anywhere from 37-42 weeks gestation. It's important that you stay relaxed and prepared.

Hospital bag suggestions:

  • Pad and pencil
  • Childbirth manual
  • Focal point (picture/stuffed animal)
  • Talcum powder/lotion
  • Lip balm or lip gloss
  • Snacks for coach
  • Eyeglasses/contacts/solution
  • Sour candies or lollipop
  • Back labor aids
  • Camera, film, video camera, tapes, batteries
  • Insurance card information
  • Telephone calling card/ numbers
  • Hand held fan
  • Birth ball
  • Birth plan
  • Robe and slippers
  • Panties/bras
  • Nightgowns
  • Cosmetics/hair care items
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Deodorant
  • Loose going-home clothes
  • Birth announcements
  • Stamps/stationery items/addresses
  • e-mail addresses
  • Books and magazines
  • Car seat (assembled and ready for your car or already checked by a technician.)
  • Going home outfit
  • Blanket
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby book
  • A picture they color for mom's room
  • A "Big Brother/Big Sister" T-shirt
  • A gift from them to the baby
  • A gift from the baby to the sibling
  • A favorite book that your child likes you to read to them

At this point in your pregnancy, your primary job is to:

  • Stay primed and ready!
  • Watch for any warning signs
  • Keep phone numbers close by
  • Take naps
  • Eat light
  • Take walks
  • Practice breathing
  • Practice relaxation
  • Pack your bag
  • Take phone off of the hook for a nap!
  • Take time for fun
  • Enjoy this time in your pregnancy
  • Have a date with your spouse
  • If other kids-line up several options for childcare
  • Have a special activity with other children to let them know they are special, too!
  • Have your car seat checked for correct installation and safe use.

Notice: The information contained on this webpage is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. The Expert Knowledge Network and Saint Francis Healthcare Campus assume no responsibility for how this information is used. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained on this page is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment.