Mandate Health Checklist

9th Month

Know Yourself

Body Changes

Week 36

As baby drops, eating becomes easier.

You may experience False Labor (Braxton Hicks).

Week 37

Get plenty of rest.

Make sure your bags are packed. 

Week 38

Baby continues to grow

Most of the organs are mature and functioning. 

You may experience some swelling in your feet. This can be a normal part of pregnancy.  

Week 39

Continue monitoring your baby’s movement. 

Week 40

During your last prenatal visit, you might need to undergo the following tests:

o Non-Stress Test

o Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI)

o Sonogram Biophysical Profile Score

Nutrition

As you start approaching the final weeks of your pregnancy, there are a lot of things that you must add to your diet.

Vitamin K to help with blood clots

• kale

• spinach

• green leaf lettuce

• Swiss chard

• broccoli

• cauliflower

• cabbage

Calcium and magnesium for stronger bones

• milk

• cheese

• legumes

• avocado

• banana

• raspberries

Selenium for healthy lung function

• brazil nuts

• eggs

• brown rice


Sleep

In the third trimester — from the 28th week of pregnancy onward — sleeping on the back puts pressure on the main blood vessels that deliver blood to the uterus. This pressure may decrease the oxygen supply to the fetus. It can also increase unpleasant symptoms, such as dizziness and heartburn, in you.

Know Your Baby

Week 26

Fetal Heart Rate

120-180 bpm

Weight

5.73 lb

Length

18.66 in

Head to toe

Size of

Napa cabbage


Fine hair on your baby’s skin is beginning to disappear.

Baby witnesses his/her first bowel movement.

Your baby should be in the head down position.

Week 27

Fetal Heart Rate

120-180 bpm

Weight

6.28-6.39 lb

Length

19.09 in

Head to toe

Size of

Green coconut


If your baby is not in the head down position, you should talk with your health care provider and partner regarding the various available options.

Week 28

Fetal Heart Rate

120-180 bpm

Weight

6.61-6.83 lb

Length

19.61 in

Head to toe

Size of

Large cabbage


Baby continues to grow.

Most of the organs are mature and functioning. 

Week 29

Fetal Heart Rate

120-180 bpm

Weight

7.05-7.28 lb

Length

19.92 in

Head to toe

Size of

Small pumpkin


Your baby is continuing to develop a layer of fat underneath the skin.

Your baby is also beginning to form new skin cells. 

Week 30

Fetal Heart Rate

120-180 bpm

Weight

7.5-7.72 lb

Length

20.16 in

Head to toe

Size of

watermelon


Your baby’s bones have become hard.

The bones in the skull need to remain soft and pliable for delivery.

Baby’s head may have a cone appearance during the first few days.

Stay Happy & Positive

Week 36

Mark your calendar! Starting at 36 weeks pregnant, your doctor will want to see you every week.

Add the finishing touches to your nursery.

Finish packing your hospital bag, if you haven’t already. 

Plan a last pre-baby date with your BFF or closest friend group.

Week 37

Pick your pediatrician. The hospital will ask about your baby’s pediatrician upon delivery so medical records can be shared and the doctor will know to expect you. Have contact information handy in your hospital bag.

Make sure everything is squared away at work, so your parental leave is uninterrupted.

Create a “Baby Watch List” to share news of the baby’s arrival with must-know people.

Week 38

Get your house cleaned and cross one more thing off your list.

Get a low-maintenance haircut.

Finalize your childcare plan and transition timeline.

Week 39

Try to relax and get some rest before delivery.

Week 40

Make a list of helpful things for eager visitors to do after the baby comes.

Anything left for the nursery? Now’s the time to get it in place.

Get a pedicure. This is an ideal time to get a foot massage and read a magazine.

How about a nice warm bath? If your water hasn’t broken, take some time to relax in the tub. Also bath bombs are weird and awesome.

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