When you’re 9 weeks pregnant, you might be starting to think ahead.
How is life going to change when your baby’s born?
Now is a good time to look into your maternity leave entitlements.
9 Weeks Pregnant
When you tell your employer the good news, you can discuss your future maternity leave plan.
You also might want to consider putting a new budget in place now you’re 9 weeks pregnant.
You and your partner will be thankful for the extra money later on.
This is especially true if you will be living on only one income for a while.
9 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
Typically, the first pre-natal testing is done between weeks 8 and 12.
This might be the first peek you have of your baby.
You might find it hard to believe something the size of a grape is the cause of all these changes that are taking place.
You’re still experiencing all the effects of pregnancy hormones.
Rest assured: the first trimester is usually the most turbulent.
Only a few more weeks until the second trimester, and then you’ll have a break from the mood swings and frequent urination.
9 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
At 9 weeks pregnant you’re probably looking forward to the end of the first trimester.
Early pregnancy symptoms peak at about 12 weeks and the second trimester is all about the glow!
For now, you’re probably dealing with one or many of the following:
- Frequent urination
- Nausea or vomiting
- Tender breasts
- Extreme tiredness
- Mood swings
- Heartburn or constipation
- Food aversions or cravings
- Increased hunger
To deal with these pregnancy symptoms, there are several things you can try:
- Drink plenty of water and eat lots of vegetables, to combat constipation
- Wear a sports bra, or similar, to bring relief to tender breasts
- Check out BellyBelly’s 10 Best Morning Sickness Remedies.
- To prevent dizziness, stand up slowly, and avoid standing in one place for too long.
- Hydrate! Electrolytes are great for pregnancy and birth, and when you are breastfeeding. Avoid sugary sports drinks; ask your natural health therapist for a recommendation of quality sugar-free electrolytes.
- Eat smaller meals and avoid greasy or spicy foods, especially if you have heartburn.
- Avoid caffeine and other diuretics; this will help you cope with frequent urination.
9 Weeks Pregnant Belly
Around 9 weeks pregnant you might be shocked to find your clothes are getting a bit tight around the waist.
Even though you don’t look pregnant, your body is starting to change. Your uterus is still low but it’s definitely expanding.
You might be worrying about putting on too much weight during pregnancy. Weight gain at 9 weeks pregnant is normal and expected.
How much weight you gain overall will depend on your starting weight and on your health.
You should try to be as healthy as possible, to prevent problems for your growing baby. Staying at a healthy weight can reduce your risk of complications during birth.
If you’re suffering from pregnancy nausea, though, it’s likely you’re losing rather than gaining weight.
9 Weeks Pregnant Morning Sickness
Most women find the nausea starts to ease off towards the end of the first trimester.
You might like to try acupuncture to help ease your symptoms.
Unfortunately, some pregnant women find that nothing helps to ease their pregnancy nausea, so it’s more of an endurance race to the end — whenever that might be!
On the other hand, those who don’t experience any nausea often worry they might not really be pregnant.
Sorry! You can’t win either way.
When is morning sickness classed as something more serious?
If you experience severe pregnancy sickness, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice.
You could be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which can lead you to become severely dehydrated.
If you can’t keep any fluids down, you are losing weight, and if you have fainted or felt dizzy, call your doctor.
You might need treatment in hospital, with IV fluids and medication to stop the nausea and vomiting.
Find out more in our article When Is Morning Sickness Classed As Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
9 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby
When you’re 9 weeks pregnant, your baby is developing rapidly, and looks more like a little person.
In fact, this week your baby is no longer classed as an embryo.
In week 9 of pregnancy, your baby is now officially a fetus, which is Latin for ‘offspring’.
Your baby’s facial features are now more distinct.
Eyes, nose and ears are recognisable.
Baby’s bones and muscle are visible beneath the thin translucent skin.
At 9 weeks pregnant, you might even see baby moving arms and legs.
The placenta is now developed enough to take over the job of providing nutrition.
The heart has finished dividing; it now has four chambers and is developing the valves.
Ovaries or testes are well developed but, at this stage, it is not yet possible to determine your baby’s sex.
When you’re 9 weeks pregnant, your baby measures approximately 2.3-2.5cm long, weighs almost 2 grams, and is about the size of a cherry.