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.
What’s my baby doing at nine weeks pregnant?
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.
Common symptoms to look out for at nine weeks pregnant:
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.
1) Frequent urination
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.
2) Breast tenderness
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.
3) Bloating and gas
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.
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.
5) Heartburn or indigestion
What you should be doing this week
- 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: 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.
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