As you enter your third month, knowing what to expect at 9 weeks pregnant can be daunting.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening to you and your baby this week.
How big is my baby?
This week your baby will start its journey from embryo to fetus and is about the same size as a cherry.
What is my baby doing at 9 weeks?
Your baby is growing at a steady rate and has already started moving around.
Organ development will be taking place this week, which will see your baby build its reproductive organs, gallbladder, and pancreas.
The head of your baby is still slightly oversized because of how much activity the brain is processing to help grow the rest of the body. This week will also see your baby wave goodbye to its tail, although they are still officially considered ‘unisex’. You won’t be able to determine the sex of your baby for another 7 weeks.
Changes in your body
The pregnancy hormone, hCG, will be peaking at 9 weeks pregnant so make sure you are eating and drinking small quantities regularly.
When thinking about what to expect at 9 weeks pregnant, understanding how best to manage your hormonal spikes should be at the top of your list. Pregnancy symptoms in week 9 tend to be at their most severe but do hang on in there because you are only a few weeks away from your hormonal levels leveling out.
Unbelievably, some women reach week 9 of pregnancy with no symptoms whatsoever. If you happen to be one of the lucky few women to avoid pregnancy symptoms – well done you!
For the rest of us mortals, here’s some of common pregnant symptoms you may be experiencing at 9 weeks:
- Feeling dizzy
- Mood swings
- Morning sickness
- Going to the toilet much more frequently
- Veins bulging in your feet or hands
Vaginal bleeding can also happen in your first trimester and it’s not usually something to worry about, but it could be a sign of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
If you are concerned about any of the above symptoms, or vaginal blood loss, make sure you contact your GP immediately.
Things to do at 9 weeks pregnant
The hormone progesterone is pulsating through your body this week to help relax your muscles to make space for your growing baby. Unfortunately, this essential change also relaxes the valve that connects your esophagus to your stomach. This can trigger heartburn, which is a very common and unpleasant pregnancy symptom.
You can help reduce the effect of heartburn by eating smaller regular meals throughout the day and try to avoid avoiding spicy or greasy foods.
If you’ve been told that you have a higher chance of giving birth to a baby with a genetic or chromosomal condition, you should start thinking about what you want to do regarding amnio (amniocentesis).
Amniocentesis is a prenatal test that identifies certain birth defects and conditions in your baby. It’s offered to women who are deemed to have a higher than normal risk of giving birth to a baby with a genetic abnormality and normally takes place between 15 and 20 weeks.
The Amniocentesis test checks if your baby has a genetic or chromosomal condition. These conditions can include Patau’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome, and Down’s syndrome. The test can also be used to determine the sex of your baby. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to take the test. It’s entirely your decision.
Don’t forget to keep drinking six to eight full glasses of water per day to remain hydrated. Staying hydrated can help prevent nausea, constipation, and feeling bloated.
You might want to check out local antenatal classes this week (ask your GP or midwife for their recommendations) and don’t let up on the light exercise if you can manage it!