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Foods To Eat And Avoid During Your Ninth Month Of Pregnancy

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You are nearing the final stage of your pregnancy venture! A couple of weeks to go and you will encounter an assortment of feelings, from excitement to anxiety. “Lightning”, the dropping of the baby lower into the mother’s pelvis, can happen any minute during the initial weeks of the ninth month (it usually happens 2 – 4 weeks before delivery). You will have the antenatal visit every week during this month. You may already have known your due date. But, keep in mind that only 4% of expecting mothers deliver (naturally) on the due date. Most of the deliveries occur two weeks prior or after the due date. Therefore, it is important to understand the early signs of labor.
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  • Ninth Month Pregnancy Symptoms
  • Development Of The Baby In The Ninth Month Of Pregnancy
  • What Should Be Included In The Ninth Month Pregnancy Diet?
  • What Foods Should I Avoid During The Ninth Month Of Pregnancy?

Ninth Month Pregnancy Symptoms

Most of the (particularly first time) expecting moms experiences sleep deprivation during the ninth month of pregnancy. The doubts and questions like, “When will I have my delivery? Will the delivery be normal or C-section? Will the labor pains be unbearable? How can I recognize the labor pain contractions? Will my baby be born healthy? A thousand questions and doubts like these can be whirling around your mind presenting you restless nights. If not because of these psychological reasons, most of the physical issues that disturb you during the last two months will be in their summit promoting sleep deprivation during the night. Try to maintain a positive mind during this month. That will help for an issue-less delivery.
Clearly, the infant and mother are experiencing some changes. Here is some information that helps you during these last weeks of pregnancy. Here are some remarkable changes you experience during these last weeks of gestation:

  • Fatigue: Fatigue will be your constant companion this month. Resting in a comfortable position gets more outlandish with every passing day, making you feel more drained
  • Increased vaginal discharge: Your vaginal discharge increases, so that you might have to use extra pads. No need to worry about that anymore. It is quite normal and natural. However, you have to seek medical attention if it is smelly or itchy. You can lose your mucous attachment from the cervix range amid this time. In spite of the fact this can be a sign of about to start labor, do not form a hasty opinion unless other symptoms of labor accompany
  • Increased frequency of urination: As the growing womb keeps on pushing down on the bladder, you start to urinate more frequently. The baby moves into a headfirst position (as a part of preparing to get into the birth canal). This will create more pressure in the pelvic area, which further increases your restroom trips. Therefore, there is no need to worry if you feel the sharp agony in the bladder and you feel that you will wet yourself any minute
  • Lower back ache: You may endure with never-ending back pain as the pressure on your sciatic nerve increase
  • No more shortness of breath: As the baby falls to the lower position, there will be no more the pressure on the diaphragm exerted by the growing uterus. Therefore, you will not any longer feel shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea: You will experience diarrhea towards the second half of the ninth month. No need to worry about that. This happens as the outcome of the body preparing for the upcoming labor
  • Increased breast leakage: More colostrum is produced and the breast leakage increases during this month
  • Aches: Experiencing discomfort while walking, feeling pelvic pain, back pain, pain in joints, etc., are very common during this time
  • Increased Braxton Hicks contractions: The frequency and intensity of Braxton Hicks contractions will increase

Development Of The Baby In The Ninth Month Of Pregnancy

By now, your baby is all set and well-prepared to enter the world. All the organ systems of the baby are fully developed and functional. Here are some significant happenings regarding your baby during this month:

  • Size: The baby will be around 3.2 kg and around 55 cm long
  • Skin: The vernix caseosa, a white waxy substance that covers the baby’s skin to protect it from the constant contact with the amniotic fluid, starts to shed off slowly
  • Nails: The nails of the baby will grow longer during the ninth month of pregnancy
  • Lungs: The baby is breathing through the amniotic fluid as the lungs are fully developed with enough surfactant coating and the respiratory system is well functioning
  • Muscles: The muscle of the baby is well developed. Though the number of kicks is decreased, the ones you get will be stronger than the last month ones. Now he is able to grab things strongly
  • Kidney: The kidneys become fully functional and produce more urine during this month
  • Bones: Though the bones of the baby’s skull will not fuse together until after quite some days after birth, the skeletal system of the baby is well developed
  • Hair: The head of the baby will be covered with hair (the thickness and the color depends on his genes)

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What Should Be Included In The Ninth Month Pregnancy Diet?

Eat calorie-rich, nutritious, and easily digestible food during your 9th month of pregnancy. Increase the number of servings so that you no more feel hungry. Make sure you, at least, drink two liters of water per day. Make sure per day you take:

  1. 3-4 servings of vegetable salad
  2. 2-3 servings of fruits salad
  3. 4 servings of dairy products
  4. Whole grains 6-8 servings
  5. At least one bowl of leafy greens

Here is the list of food you should include in your diet during the 9th month of pregnancy. Include food rich in:

    • Fiber: To keep constipation at bay, you ought to continue consuming a lot of fiber-rich food during this final month of gestation. Bear in mind that the water in your digestive tract is quickly absorbed by fiber, so drink a lot of water and different liquids to avoid the consequences of dehydration. Here is the list of food rich in fiber:
      • Legumes
      • Food items made with whole grain
      • Vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, celery, etc.
      • Fruits like avocados
    • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is vital for assimilating the iron from the iron-rich food. Here is the list of vitamin C rich foods:
      • Guava
      • Kiwi
      • Broccoli
      • Kale
      • Citrus fruits
      • Tomato
      • Peas

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  • Proteins: Proteins are building blocks of tissues. Even during the ninth month, your baby is gaining weight and needs a lot of protein for the growth. To ensure adequate amount of protein, include the following in your diet:
    • Black Beans
    • Chicken breast
    • Lean meat
    • Soy milk
    • Chick pea
    • Egg whites
    • Tofu
    • Dairy products
  • Calcium: A significant part of the bone development happens amid the eighth and ninth month, thus admission of food rich in calcium is vital amid this time. Dairy products are rich in calcium. Remember to take low fat products for controlling the pregnancy weight. Include the following to ensure optimum calcium intake:
  • Iron: Maintaining optimum iron level is not only vital during the last weeks of the pregnancy but also significant for the upcoming breastfeeding phase. Here is the list of iron rich food:
    • Dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, turnip leave, etc.
    • Dried fruits like raisin, apricot, etc.
    • Food fortified with iron like cereals, pasta, etc.
    • Poultry
    • Soy beans
    • Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc.
  • Folic acid: Continue eating food with sufficient quantity of folic acid because it is necessary for the breastfeeding period too. Eat 600 to 800 micrograms of folic acid per day. Include the following in your pregnancy diet:
    • Dark leafy vegetables
    • Oranges
    • Oatmeal
    • Whole grain bread
    • Fortified Cereals
  • Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide calories and thereby help to maintain energy for, not only the upcoming labor and delivery but also to satisfy the role of motherhood that follows. Here is the list of carbohydrate rich food:
    • Potatoes
    • Sweet corn
    • Whole grain Pasta, whole grain cereals and bread
    • Nuts
    • Wheat
    • Oatmeal
    • Bulger
    • Legumes
    • Banana

What Foods Should I Avoid During The Ninth Month Of Pregnancy?

It is best to limit the intake of caffeine, not exceeding more than 200 mg everyday. Alcohol and tobacco should be totally avoided as consumption of these have been linked to fetal and maternal complications. Likewise, avoiding artificial sweeteners is recommended, especially the ones containing saccharine. Many families ask the mother-to-be eat a lot of ghee so as to facilitate smoother delivery. However, do exercise restrain on sweets and fatty foods, as you will only add more weight. Soft cheeses and raw seafood are best avoided to prevent any risk of infection.

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