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9 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect

Your baby at 9 weeks

At nine weeks pregnant, your baby's head is more developed and although they’re still webbed, fingers and toes are now visible.

Here’s what to expect in terms of symptoms, changes to your body and your baby's at nine weeks pregnant.

How big is my baby at nine weeks pregnant?

Once you are nine weeks pregnant, your little one is the size of a large green olive, or around an inch in length. 

Common symptoms to look out for:

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1) Frequent urination

Yes, you are still weeing ALL THE TIME. This has been a constant symptom for weeks now. If you find yourself constantly needing to wee, make sure you lean forwards on the toilet to ensure you’ve fully emptied your bladder. 
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2) Breast tenderness

Another repeat offender. As if getting enough sleep wasn’t hard enough, your growing boobs can make getting comfy that little bit harder!

It’s perfectly normal for your breasts to feel ultrasensitive at this time, so try sleeping with a sports bra on and see if it helps.
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3) Bloating and gas

One you probably won’t want to talk to your doctor about, feeling gassy is another very common symptom.

If you’re worried about keeping this to a minimum, try smaller meals which won’t overload your digestive system.
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4) Constipation

Constipation and bloating often go hand-in-hand but that doesn't make it any easier.

If you are suffering, try and eat fibrous foods such as fruit and veg or juice to help you go to the toilet. It also helps to up your water intake.
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5) Heartburn or indigestion

Heartburn is very common early in pregnancy as your body produces progresterone and relaxin which relax the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract meaning food moves slowly through your system.

This is what causes indigestion, heartburn, bloating and gas. Those pesky hormones?!

However, this is vital for your baby as the slowing down means your baby can get those nutrients more easily. Try chewing sugarless gum to soothe symptoms.
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6) Fatigue

It’s perfectly normal in these first few weeks of pregnancy to feel extremely exhausted, but when you think of the mammoth changes occurring physiologically, mentally and emotionally, is it any wonder you need a lie-down?

Your body is working around the clock to develop the placenta, but also, pregnancy has increased your metabolism and hormone levels, which in turn lowers your blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

If you find yourself snoozing more, try sleeping on your left as this stops your uterus pressing on major blood vessels, allowing more blood to get to your baby. 

What’s my baby doing?

By week nine, all of your baby’s essential organs have started to develop.

In a couple of weeks, your baby will officially be referred to as a foetus, and although she’s starting to make tiny arm and leg movements, you won’t feel them for a bit longer.

Right now, your baby’s head is still larger than the body due to all the brain activity that is currently happening.

Apart from that, she is looking more and more like a tiny human and has now lost her tail.

If you have an antenatal appointment this week, you might even be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat on a Doppler – a handheld ultrasound device.

That said, if you can’t hear a heartbeat it doesn’t mean something is wrong, just that your baby is in a more difficult position.

What’s more, up until this point, although your baby’s chromosomes are definitely male or female, the genitals were ‘unisex’.

From week nine, he or she will start to form specific male or female genitalia.

What's happening in my body?

Hormones at their peak

Over the past few weeks, the levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, have been doubling in your body every two or three days.

The NHS says when you're 9 weeks pregnant, the hormone is at its peak. This could make you feel unwell, but while this is going on, this hormone is keeping your baby in place in the lining of your womb.

What should I be doing?

Keep snacking

Rest assured your tiny baby is getting everything she needs, and focus on smaller meals throughout the day. This can help with morning sickness and keeping your blood sugar levels up.

Buy a box of Rennies

Rennies are your lifesaver! Antacids are safe to take during pregnancy and can help with that awful heartburn.

Talk to your doctor

If you’re older than 35 or have any genetic conditions, now is the time to talk to your doctor about common genetic tests.

These can be performed between 10 and 13 weeks.

What to do now...

Treat yourself to a haircut: your hair grows like crazy during pregnancy, and what better way to treat yourself than a cut and blow-dry? 

Antenatal classes: ask your doctor or midwife of any antenatal classes that's going on in your area. 

Get physical! it's recommended for pregnant women to exercise regularly. Start by going for a ten-minute walk or go for a swim. 

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