20 Must Do’s During The Ninth Month of Pregnancy


1. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi. Not only do you deserve some pampering, but your hands will feature prominently in a zillion photos of your new bundle of joy. Plus, you’ll likely be doing a bunch of shuffling around in flip flops post labor.

2. Pack a “going home” outfit for baby. You’ll most likely keep your newborn swaddled in (awesome) hospital blankets until you head home, so no need to bring cute outfits for wearing in the hospital, but don’t forget to pack that Instagram-worthy outfit and hat. #Homewardbound!

3. Go on a date or 6. It’s tough to predict when you’ll next head out solo with your significant other. Take advantage of the last few weeks by doing things as a couple before your family grows by one or (eek!) more.

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4. Upgrade your phone storage. You are about to become the next Anne Geddes, at least in your world, taking so many photos and videos of your baby that you’ll hit your storage max quickly. Don’t let that video of your baby’s first coo get cut off because you feel too guilty to erase the 75 pictures you took of the first stroller walk. (Back-up apps like Carouselcan be a lifesaver.)

5. Speaking of photos, research a newborn photographer. Get some recommendations from friends, then get the low down on fees (there can be a big difference between the cost of having them taken and actually getting them printed). Photographers like to do these in the first two weeks of life, so do the legwork now so you’re not scrambling to hire one in a sleep-deprived, zombie-like state.

6. Ask for a foot rub. Cankles or not, propping your feet up and having them rubbed will feel ah-mazing. Your significant other or anyone within arms reach of your perch on the couch will do. (You’ve earned it – and it’s pretty hard to turn down a woman who can’t reach her own feet.)

7. Sign up for Amazon Prime. If you haven’t already, do it now, because ordering baby supplies from your phone and receiving them within two days is one of the greatest conveniences in the modern world.

8. Invest in a nice, new yoga outfit. Kate Middleton left the hospital with a bump, and you will too. The good news about not being a princess is that yoga clothing is acceptable as everyday wear. Purchase an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel good (don’t get too ambitious on sizing), and you can wear it leaving the hospital and when visitors swing by. Grab a headband and some dry shampoo too (here’s our fave), since washing and drying your hair will become a luxury.

9. Make new playlists. You’ll never be so grateful to Steve Jobs for putting 1,000 songs in your pocket than when you’re a new parent. Make a playlist for the hospital, one for car rides or long walks with baby, and one with some soothing, mellow tunes that will keep you and baby relaxed. Your Pandora will be set to Raffi station for the next 6 years, so enjoy your favorites now.

10. Fill up your Netflix queue.  Also, download some page-turners to your Kindle. Newborns nurse or bottle feed 10 to 12 times a day, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time (and that’s once you both get the hang of it… in the earliest days, it can be an hour or more). That’s a lot of time captive in a glider or on your couch, and we survived it by reading the Hunger Games and re-watching 30 Rock and Arrested Development in their entirety.

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11. Prepare for the postman. Purchase thank you note cards, because there’s usually a torrent of baby gifts after baby is born. While you’re at it, organize an address list or even print labels to prep for sending birth announcements.

12. Tinker. All that gear you bought or received still sitting in its boxes? Set it up and play around with the buttons, straps, and handles. You don’t want to get caught holding a crying newborn while trying to unfold a stroller for the first time with one hand.

13. Stock up on staples. Head to the grocery store and grab a bunch of non-perishable items like Granola bars, pasta, cereal, even some of that milk in a box. (Bonus points for anything that can be eaten one-handed.) There will be times in the early days when you can’t get out of the house and will need a quick meal. Don’t forget the coffee and wine, obviously.

14. Wash some of the baby’s new clothes. Leave the tags on the rest,because there’s no way to know what’s going to fit (and for how long).

15. Download a noise machine app. Whether its the sound of a fan, the ocean, or even a hairdryer, there’s an app for that, and baby will love it.

16. Research Mommy and Me classes. They may not seem like your cup of tea now, but in a couple of months, being in a room with other moms in your overtired shoes will feel like a lifesaver.

17. I need somebody, not just anybody, Help! Make a list of caregivers you’re comfortable with, and let them know they’re on it in case you need emergency coverage in those early weeks.

18. Use a vacation day. Whether you’re still working or not, take a day just for you. Appreciate being alone and doing anything at your own pace. It’ll be a long time until you’ll stop feeling like a rushed Supermarket Sweep contestant every time you leave the house.

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19. Spend time in stores with breakable items. Because the next time you should is in 18 years.

20. Sleep. Take naps, go to bed at 8pm, sleep until noon, just because you can. Or at least snooze as long as possible until your bladder forces you out of bed.

Related post: Everything You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Delivery

About the writer

Diana Mcdevitt is a mom to toddler twin boys. She works part time at her family's health club business, mostly for her own sanity. Read more  about her motherhood mayhem (in list form) at Listful Mom or visit her Facebook page.


B.chiphang 11 months ago

Thank you .I love to read as it is helping me a lot. Iam on my 9th month….feeling very nervous and scare this gonna be my first baby !

Patricia 1 year ago

LOL’d at #19. Thank you for this list. I’m going to get a mani-pedi :)

Michelle 2 years ago

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Melissa 2 years ago

I’m going to add another. Go swimming! The feeling of weightlessness is the best!

Vanessa Vail Jensen 2 years ago

My husband sucked at giving foot rubs, so I regularly ditched work in my last trimester to get a pedicure. Totally worth it!!

Marissa Metzler 2 years ago

Oh girl–just got my pedi today!! Will continue to do so…my heaven :-)

stephanie miller 2 years ago

My husbands best friend gave us the best advice. The few weeks before the baby comes go out to eat as often as you can, even if it is chick fil a. Go out no matter how much you don’t want to. You will be glad you did…..we did and he was so right about it.

Corinne Boddy 2 years ago

Definitely referring to number 1. If it’s number 2 you’ll be lucky to do one on the list of 20 :-)

Jenny Ann Holloway 2 years ago

I only did most of these up to my 5-6th month with all my children. I loved being pregnant but was on bed rest with my 3rd child. So grateful I had family support I was a mess. This list is great but not realistic. In my final months with every pregnancy I had so many to do notes and most didn’t get done. I was never prepared enough even after 4th child.

Marilyn Rauch Cavicchia 2 years ago

This list is bonkers. I didn’t do most of these and have zero regrets. Am I just super low-maintenance, or what?

Meghan Smith Handler 2 years ago

Just jealous of this pic. I miss being pregnant!! Nothing better than feeling them grow and kick inside you

Stephanie Thiel 2 years ago


Moira Konig 2 years ago

Are you serious! Had four kids none of that was on my nine month panic list lol .and for the first, it was just panic …how about calm, relax …it will be ok .dont stress, you have enough .if your tired ..sleep .if your hungry ..eat .if your stressed …take a warm bath! Take it easy, your first only happens once, dont sress out!

Erin Holland Saitta 2 years ago

Hindsight for me….7,11 and of course 20!!!!

Stacey Lee 2 years ago

I got told I was crazy for having a going home outfit lol but I love them gives me something to do

Ann Brown Bowers 2 years ago

#21. Flirt with the really cute paint mixer guy at Home depot. :) (I did. #singleandpregnant)

Joyce Schaefer 2 years ago

Do 1,2,3,6 and18. The best. Leave the rest for later or the dad to be!!

Rachel Best 2 years ago

I’ve never made it to my ninth month both times! I do some of these things at 24 weeks! Lol

Jen Hall 2 years ago

I wish I could have gone on a date:( Skype dates from Afghanistan count right!?

Christine Gritmon 2 years ago

Very helpful – forgot about a lot of these!

Steph Milne 2 years ago
Nick Lowcock 2 years ago

And by 9th month they mean 10th month. Right?

Sharon R 2 years ago

Great List! I got an addition to the list. 1) Take yourself out for a date. All alone! No one else. It’s going to be a while until you get some serious alone time.

Jenn Galbraith 2 years ago

I never had a full 7th month, or an 8th or 9th month. Mine was born preemie.

Sarah Byrne Wade 2 years ago

You forgot use the bathroom to shower or just sit on the toilet and take forever, because that is never going to happen again

Michele Fulcinelli DiRico 2 years ago

Pretty sure a lot of these don’t work when you’re having a second child…

Marisa Jones 2 years ago

I don’t normally like lists, but this is one of the best lists I’ve seen. A definite yes to subscribing to amazon prime! I have a toddler (with another one on the way) and amazon prime saves me unnecessary errands to the store!

Amanda Lawrence 2 years ago

Thank you!! You might regret volunteering hehe ☺️

Jen Sandvig 2 years ago

Actually, buy SEVERAL new yoga outfits. Since you’ll basically be sleeping and waking in the same clothes, having a few new things can make you feel THAT much more like a human being.

Amy Raygoza 2 years ago

Hah….even when you’re NOT pregnant!

Cynthia Ortega 2 years ago

#20 is my fav!!! lol

Lesley ‘Silvey’ Cope 2 years ago

Funny thing is, I have done a lot of those things. The most difficult one is getting Andrew to give me a foot rub

Angie Donadio-Hunt 2 years ago

Get a massage!!!!!

Alynne Turner 2 years ago

19 is hilarious! I did 20 like no tomorrow though when I was pregnant with my first

Ramandeep Sandhu-Campbell 2 years ago

Thank you, Marcella!!

Patricia Maguire 2 years ago

that is hysterical, especially #19

Kamala Wood 2 years ago

Good list… Too bad I’m seeing it after I had the baby haha. I especially recommend the “tinker” one.

Hannah Weyer 2 years ago

:( I never got a ninth month. Little turd came early.

Michelle Marmarou 2 years ago

I’m assuming this list was made by a first time mom.? Half of these things will never happen if you’re pregnant with baby # 3 or 4….

Tammie Gentile 2 years ago

Great advice. I wish I had had this list. Only thing I would add….is to take prenatal classes….or even YOGA for expected parents.

Evelyn Perez 2 years ago

Will be saving this to re-read when I hit 9 months

Angie Crux 2 years ago

Without looking, get a cleaner in and your cervix sweeped.

Monica McMonigal 2 years ago

Plus its not like he can knock you up again right now… its a free for all! XD

Leah Thompson 2 years ago

If its your first, that is.

Monica McMonigal 2 years ago

Don’t forget right now you may not really feel like ‘doing it’ but after baby you really cant ‘do it’…. so be kind to your husband before he has a break down and your two weeks P.P and you’ll probably not going to react very kindly 😀

Tierney Spicer 2 years ago

lol! I started some of this stuff already. Tonight I’m basically setting up his room and washing clothes!

Valerie Ann 2 years ago

Do this all around 5-8 months so that during month 9 you can just sleep! Do not wait. What if you don’t make it that far?

Maura Brady 2 years ago

All good stuff.
Regarding #7 – Diapers.com is a lifesaver as well. Free shipping and next day delivery.
#12 – this is especially true for the car seat. Practice on a teddy bear or doll and learn how to use that sucker before it’s time to go home from the hospital.
#13 – making frozen entrees (i.e. cassaroles, lazagna, etc.) will save time, too.
and #20 – a thousand times, yes! In fact, stop reading this and go take a nap now!

Colleen Marie 2 years ago

Get your hair cut and styled. It won’t look that way again for a LONG time

Clean your house. Or ask someone to do it whole you are at the hospital. You don’t wanna come home to a dirty home .

    Jenn Galbraith 2 years ago

    I didn’t have time for the hair as I was bedridden lol. My former mother-in-law, whom I still love dearly, was there every day to take care of me and my house. :)

Rosalind Moulton Jordan 2 years ago

I had my son at 7mths…I had so many plans to do stuff in those final couple months that I didn’t get to do thatI felt kinda robbed for a long time. Don’t wait until the last minute or you may not get to do much!

Heather Gochoel 2 years ago

For the photos, I recommend Shutterfly for printing. Awesome quality prints & you can put pics on just about anything you can think of. They have print packages that can save tons of money too.
And don’t feel obligated (like I did) to buy the picture CD from the hospital photographer. It can save you money too. (I could have gotten twice the pictures for less had I used the photographer we currently use for newborn shots)

    Mary 2 years ago

    Plus if you have the shutterfly app you can easily upload the pics from your phone.

Heather May Holbrook 2 years ago

I wish I had this 7 months ago! Some of these would have been lifesavers! Very good list!!

Alisa Tringale Jackson 2 years ago

5,7,16,20 lol

Sarah Karmawillgetyou Carpenter 2 years ago

I wouldnt know never got to the ninth month… Only got to the seventh.

Angela Hassler Senft 2 years ago

#7 All the way.

Ashley Marie Steinkamp 2 years ago

If people expect thank you notes from me for getting me a baby gift they might as well not get me anything at all. Who expects a new mommy who’s half hormonal out her mind and dealing with zero sleep and her screaming baby to write out thank you notes or even remember who gave them what gift?

    Maura Brady 2 years ago

    I’m usually pretty good at doing thank you notes, but have to admit it that it was largely ignored after my son was born.

    Mary 2 years ago

    I did get them all out right away with both kids, but only because I made sure to do them in the week after birth while my mom was still staying with us and could help out with everything. After that it would have been much more difficult, although I did find it helped to do them while sitting at the table while baby napped and older DD was coloring. She was happy because it looked like we were both doing the same thing.

Mandi Martin 2 years ago

just a word of warning for #6. footrubs are the complete bomb anytime, but especially when you’re carrying around so much extra weight and fluid. but while some reflexology can be used to reduce pain, discomfort, stress, etc., particular reflexology methods can work to stimulate labor and contractions. just be careful!

Barb Hart 2 years ago

Great list, and so true! But geez, so much of this wasn’t around for me, it makes me feel my kids are ancient at 14 and 11! Amazon prime is sooo worth it especially with gas so high!

April Muse 2 years ago

Yes but this should be at 7-8 month. I never made it to my ninth.

Laura Moeller Lingner 2 years ago

#19 is the best!

Rhia Bailey 2 years ago

Amazon prime – a total must have! Even now with a 2 yearold it’s needed. I dont drive so when a favorite toy or sippy cup breaks and ofcourse the workd is ending because of this it’s reassuring to know I can order it in seconds and have it the very next day with no daft delivery charges! God bless it.

Bonnie Neimanis 2 years ago

I never got to the 9th month as I went 5.5 weeks early and got caugh off guard

    Bella 2 years ago

    Have you ever tried to sleep during the 9th month? With all the nesting, heartburn, heavy baby, aching joints and muscles… etc…never going to happen.

Amanda Rachelle Moffit 2 years ago

I wish i could have done these! I was on bed rest with both my kids :(

    Jenn Galbraith 2 years ago

    I hear ya there. I was on bed rest and still got up to clean the cat box. Less than two days later I was in the hospital. My son was born at 28 weeks. He’s 13, almost 14 and a strong young man. He has Asthma. I am so blessed he is basically fine. I hope both of yours are :)

Rachel Ramirez 2 years ago

#2: Pack two going home outfits in two different sizes so that 9lbs baby your OB swears up and down your going to deliver will have something to wear when she comes out a skinny 7lbs.

    Shannon E Chomanczuk 2 years ago

    Lol you are so right! My daughter went home in a diaper and the tshirt from the hospital because of this very reason!

    Miranda Windham 2 years ago

    Or the small child that you’ll have no trouble pushing out becomes a 9 pound behemoth.

      Larissa 2 years ago

      Amen to this! My OB told me my first boy-o was “about 7.5 lbs”… 2 days later, the kid was 2 full pounds more than this! Nurses had to track down size 1 diapers because the newborns didn’t fit… Now he is 16, 6’2”, and a lineman in football 😉

    Rachel Ramirez 2 years ago

    I was lucky to have a friend buy us a bunch of onesies and a few outfits in the right size. Mine wore preemie size for almost a month. She’s still skinny and tall at four years old.

    Amanda Jewett Zekanis 2 years ago

    Yeah! Mine was over albs and those newborn outfits aren’t supposed to fit but they were big! Luckily I had brought one of those and not just the 0-3 month outfits she was swimming in!

    Sarah Karmawillgetyou Carpenter 2 years ago

    Yeah i bought all newborn and that was too big for my baby. I had nothing else

    Maura Brady 2 years ago

    I think of all the “newborn” sized clothes I got as gifts that were wasted on my 8 lbs child….

    Alynne Turner 2 years ago

    Went the other way for us. The NB stuff I had wouldn’t even fit halfway through my 8lb firstborn. Good thing it was hand me downs from my nephew.

    DW 2 years ago

    My OB said my second child would probably be about the same size as my first, who was 7 lbs 5 oz. I gave birth to one almost 2 pounds heavier- surprise! My parents had to go to my house to get a 3 month sized coming home outfit, because the one I brought was newborn sized. Funny enough, I had brought a 3 month outfit for my first child, because they told me he was going to be huge! So my parents had to go buy a newborn outfit for him…..

Lyndsey Jeffers Bullock 2 years ago

4, 7, 8, 10, and 15!!

Mary 2 years ago

Love all of this. Unfortunately I wasn’t really into yoga pants until after my second was born. But if I could go back in time I would have packed yoga pants and t-shirts for the entire hospital stay. Would have been much more comfy than a hospital gown and I really didn’t want to wear my pajamas. Plus the yoga pants would have held the mesh underwear in place a lot better!


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