9 Weeks Pregnant | Symptoms and Your Baby

9 Weeks Pregnant | Symptoms and Your Baby

9 Weeks Pregnant

At 9 weeks pregnant, you’re probably finding your clothes are getting a bit tighter around the waist.

Even though you don’t look pregnant, your body is starting to change to make room for your growing baby.

There are only a few more weeks away from the end of the first trimester.

The first trimester is usually the most turbulent, with morning sickness, mood swings and a whole gamut of pregnancy related symptoms.

Rest assured, they won’t last forever and you’ll be feeling less tired and emotional soon.

Your Body – 9 Weeks Pregnant

If you’re in Australia, it’s worth considering becoming a member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA). The ABA offers informative classes on breastfeeding as well as a helpline for mothers to call if they are experiencing difficulties. Breastfeeding is certainly natural, but not always easy. Any extra learning, support and help you can get before you have your baby is a huge bonus.

If you’re still suffering from all day morning sickness, hang in there! Most women find that morning sickness starts to ease off towards the end of the first trimester. You might like to try acupuncture to help ease your symptoms, as well as make sure you’re taking a good quality prenatal vitamin every day. Naturopaths are trained in nutrition and will be able to help you choose a quality, effective brand of multivitamins – over the counter multis tend have low levels of vitamins and may not help.

Unfortunately, some pregnant women find that nothing helps to ease their morning sickness, so it’s more of an endurance race to the end — whenever that is! On the other hand, those who don’t get any morning sickness often worry that they’re not really pregnant. So you can’t win either way, hehe!

When is morning sickness classed as something more serious? Find out about hyperemesis gravidarum.

Your Baby – 9 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is developing rapidly when you’re 9 weeks pregnant and looks more like a little person. Your baby’s eyes, nose and ears are recognisable and bones and muscle are visible beneath the thin translucent skin.

The placenta is now developed enough to take over providing nutrition. The heart has finished dividing into four chambers and is now developing the valves. Ovaries or testes are well developed but at this stage it is not yet possible to determine the sex.

When you’re 9 weeks pregnant, your baby will measure approximately 2.3-2.5cm long, weighs almost 2 grams and is the size of an olive.

Last Updated: July 26, 2016

CONTRIBUTOR

Sam McCulloch enjoys talking so much about birth that she decided to become a birth educator and doula, supporting parents in making informed choices about their birth experience. In her spare time she watches Downton Abbey and has numerous creative projects on the go. She is mother to three beautiful little humans.


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