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Since babies are typically born between 38 and 42 weeks of development, the exact time of your baby's impending birth is hard to predict. The ninth month of development is an exciting time for everyone involved. Your baby in month 9 is still gaining weight but not as rapidly. As you approach the actual delivery date, the baby will begin to assume the position of delivery. For most babies, this is head down, facing backwards. She'll continue to move and stretch, but she won't appear as active simply because there isn't a lot of room. The weight at birth may be anywhere from six pounds to 10, but the average is typically around seven and a half pounds. The baby can measure from 18 to 22 inches, but the average is generally around 20 inches long.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|