Your visits to the doctor will be more frequent. They could be once a week or even once in three or four days. The lower abdominal pain, particularly around the pelvic region, will increase. Your system could be preparing you for the contractions preceding delivery. Your breasts would be hyper-sensitive and secrete Colostrum more frequently. There would be some vaginal discharge as well. Breathlessness could be a bother sometimes. But, don’t get very nervous about it all. Your chat with the doctor on what is a false contraction and what isn’t will give you the best of indications as to when to make that urgent call to go to the hospital.
The doctor will, of course, check out if the cervix is dilating and the extent of dilation. The dilation may be a few centimetres. But, unless the baby has landed in the canal, the doctor will ask you to remain calm. The dietician would have by now advised you to ensure that your intake of iron, calcium and folic acid is adequate because the bones harden in the foetus during the eighth and ninth months.
By now the foetus would have moved closer to the birth canal. The head is closer to the exit point than at any other time during the last nine months. The legs would be closer to your rib cage. The lungs of the foetus are now fully developed. The foetus will be still kicking around but not be very active in terms of movement because there really isn’t much space in there. By the end of the ninth month, the head is positioned in the birth canal for delivery. The foetus could now weigh close to 3 kg. However, the birth weight would probably be a little more.