You are now 9 weeks pregnant. You went for your first prenatal visit last week and were able to see your baby for the first time on the ultrasound. Many of your doubts and queries have now been answered. It is quite normal to feel excited and anxious at the same time. In this article, you will read and learn about the changes in your body during week 9 of your pregnancy and what precautions you should take for a healthy pregnancy.
9 weeks pregnant
At 9 weeks pregnant, you may have already put on a few pounds, though your bump is still not showing. You are now approaching the end of your first trimester. Your baby has developed all of his vital organs and his facial features. You may continue to feel the pregnancy symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, and morning sickness for a few more weeks.
Your week-9 symptoms are similar to the ones you have been experiencing before. These include –
1. Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting are normal when you’re 9 weeks pregnant. However, as you approach the end of your first trimester, this symptom decreases for most women.
An increase in the levels of progesterone in the body can make you tired and sleepy. Your body is also using a lot of its energy to help in the growth of your baby. So, take adequate rest and sleep well. Take naps whenever you can.
3. Swollen breasts
At week 9, your breasts will feel fuller, heavier, and tender to touch. You may also see small white bumps on the dark part of your nipples. These are glands called Montgomery’s tubercles, which produce oils to keep the nipples moist during breastfeeding.
4. Nasal congestion
The hormonal changes in your body can also increase your mucus production, which can lead to nasal congestion. Avoid using decongestants and check with your doctor for something suitable during pregnancy.
5. Frequent urination
You expanding uterus is putting pressure on your bladder, making you want to visit the washroom more often. Avoid caffeine and empty your bladder fully when you pee. However, don’t let this stop you from drinking water and staying hydrated.
6. Digestive troubles
Progesterone can slow down the digestive process and lead to digestive issues like constipation, gas, bloating, and heartburn. Eat several small meals or snacks throughout the day, and avoid greasy foods.
Hormonal changes can also cause headaches during this time.
8. Mood swings
You might feel ecstatic one moment and depressed the next. Mood swings are frequent at this time and are caused by hormonal changes. Share your feeling with your loved ones, and do activities that make you happy.
Your body at week 9 of pregnancy
At 9 weeks, you are entering the third month of your pregnancy, but you still don’t appear pregnant to other people. There are many changes taking place in your body already. Your clothes are already a little bit tighter due to your changing waistline. Your breasts are also larger and fuller, and your nipples are darker.
Your blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels are lower due to the effect of the pregnancy hormones. As our blood volume has increases to carry nutrition to your baby, your veins become more prominent. Your placenta has started to take shape. Once it is fully formed, the placenta will deliver vital nutrients to your fetus.
Your baby at week 9 of pregnancy
At 9 weeks, your baby is around 1.67 inches in length.
- The embryonic tail has disappeared, giving your baby a more human appearance.
- His/her sex organs will start to develop during this week. It is still early to determine your baby’s sex through an ultrasound.
- Your baby’s heart is beating loud and clear. It may be possible to hear the baby’s heartbeat through a handheld Doppler. The baby’s heart has four distinct chambers now.
- Your baby’s facial features a more defined now. He/she has prominent eyelids and a nose. The ears are moving into place.
- Your baby’s teeth and taste buds are also beginning to take shape.
- Your baby is moving around now, but you won’t be able to feel the movements yet.
- Nerves, muscles, and digestive systems are also developing.
Tips to be followed when 9 weeks pregnant
1. Rest whenever possible
It is normal to feel fatigues during the ninth week of pregnancy. Sneak in some periods of rest and naps during the day to help you feel more energized.
2. Eat healthy
Continue to eat a nutritious diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid eating certain foods like unpasteurized dairy, and undercooked fish, meat, and eggs.
Drink plenty of fluids during the day to deal with dizziness, headaches, constipation, and bloating.
4. Avoid large meals
Eat smaller meals rather than large meals as they are easily digestible and can prevent queasiness. Keep a snack handy as it can keep your energy up and help calm your stomach.
5. Wear comfortable clothes
Some of your regular clothes may not be fitting too well now. Wear soft and stretchable fabrics. Waist extenders are useful. Invest in a good bra that supports your fuller breasts.
6. Continue with your exercise routine
Women who stay fit and exercise regularly during pregnancy have shorter labors. Swimming, yoga, and walking are some excellent options.
Pregnancy hormones and anxiety can cause a whole range of emotions during pregnancy. It is essential to look after your emotional health during pregnancy. Take a warm bath, listen to soothing music, read a book, or just close your eyes and relax.
Your week 9 pregnancy doctor’s visit
If you are 35 or older or have a family history of genetic conditions, your doctor may suggest first-trimester screening. This screening test is done in two parts – a blood sample (done between 9 to 11 weeks) and an ultrasound exam (done between 11 to 14 weeks).
The blood sample measures the levels of two proteins. Abnormal levels of these proteins may mean that the baby has a higher risk of chromosomal abnormality. During the ultrasound, that thickness of the space in the back of the baby’s neck is measured. Extra fluid in the back of the neck indicates a higher risk of a chromosomal disorder.
Women whose results show a higher risk are offered diagnostic testing, which includes chorionic villus sampling (CVS) during the first trimester or amniocentesis during the second trimester.
Tips for the partner
Women go through a lot, both physically and mentally, during pregnancy. This may influence her mood and behavior. Be patient and understanding. Go to the prenatal visits with your partner. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with your partner and to understand what is going on in the pregnancy. You can also take childbirth education classes together.
At 9 weeks pregnant, you are approaching the end of the first trimester. Your baby is making substantial developmental strides this week. He/she has distinct facial features and a strong heartbeat. Your baby is moving around now, but you will not be able to feel the movements yet. Your week 9 pregnancy symptoms include fatigue, nausea, headaches, heartburn, bloating, nasal congestion, and mood swings. Take rest, relax, eat healthily, and stay hydrated.