Why the 9th month the toughest month of pregnancy?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that pregnancy is a life-altering event. But the 9th month is undoubtedly the hardest. Let’s see why:

  1. Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids refer to the swollen blood vessels in the anal area. Progesterone is in full swing and your bump is growing, causing constipation. This may further lead to irritation in your perineum (the area around your anus), itching and hemorrhoids.
  2. Body image issues: You feel more a “whale” than a “woman” with all the weight gain. So, the body image issues are bound to happen.
  3. Restlessness: You are counting the days, to pop your baby. The uncertainty of the D-day is maddening, particularly when your doctor tells you “any moment now” in this month. Your patience has reached its threshold and is next to none left.
  4. Discomfort: The initial symptoms of pregnancy which you eagerly awaited earlier will be a distant memory this month. Those signs of your pregnancy like the contractions, swollen legs, growing belly etc will be something you will be irritated with by now. Not to forget constipation and fatigue making things worse.
  5. Insomnia: This month is particularly nerve-wracking and makes you lose sleep.
  6. Constant questions: The restlessness you feel is one thing, the constant inquiries about your due date add to it and make it worse.
  7. Pee – break: You are fed up with the constant need to pee and need a break from the periodic run to the loo.
  8. Reclaim your body: You feel like a mother ship carrying an alien inside you. Your body doesn’t feel like it is under your control and you are dying to reclaim it back.
  9. Is it worth it?: There is no denying that you secretly wondering if all these are worth it. This constant nagging in your mind is more strong in the 9th month.

Needless to say, pregnancy is a wonderful experience, but it is hard. Your body has to undergo so many emotional and physical changes during this period. The 9th month gives a finality to this experience, hence this month is packed with mixed feelings which make it the hardest. But, all said and done,  once your baby is put in your arms, all this will seem like a blur. Cherish these days and try to put a smile on your face even though it is hard, it will soon all be over before you know it. Enjoy it while it lasts.




Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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