What to expect at 9 weeks pregnant? Did you know that, by week 9, your little one is already the size of acherry? And as your pregnancy progresses, he or she is starting to look less of a tadpole, and more human.
This week, your baby has just graduated from his embryonic stage, and is just entering the fetal stage. And although he or she is making lots of spontaneous movements with his tiny, still not completely develop limbs, you won’t be feeling his/her “dance” in your tummy for at least 2-3 months.
During week 9, your waistline has thickened a little bit, but you probably don’t look pregnant yet. Your tummy will start to get bigger over the next few months, so no rush!
Much to your dismay, morning sickness is probably out in full force, keeping you from eating much and making you throw up anything you put in your mouth. Vomiting is also very common, and you probably don’t even want to hear anything about food — and whenever you do, you feel sick to the stomach.
Mood swings are also in bloom, but it’s perfectly normal to feel elated now and angry or fearful a bit later. After all, the perspective of becoming a parent can be really scary! You will see that moodiness eases up during the second trimester, but comes back during the third, as your pregnancy winds to an end.
When you're 9 weeks pregnant, your current bra may feel a bit tight right now due to your breasts growing continuously in preparation for lactation. You may probably feel gushes of fluid expelled by your vagina, similar to how your period feels. That’s due to the increased amounts of vaginal discharge as a result of hormonal changes in your body. If there’s no unpleasant smell or any kind of discomfort (itching, burning, swelling etc), then it’s nothing to be concerned about.
Your Baby at 9 Weeks
How big is a baby at 9 weeks? Already the size of a cherry, your baby has most of his/her organs accounted for, but they’ll have to undergo a lot of fine-tuning in the coming months. During week 9, the heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and valves start to form. Right now, the embryonic “tail” is gone, so the little tadpole is becoming more and more humanly. The external genital organs are there, but won’t be distinguishable until another few weeks.
The teeth are also developing, and so are the organs, muscles and nerves. At this point, the eyes are fully formed and the eyelids cover them completely, opening around week 26-27. The mouth, nose and nostrils are more distinct, and he/she has tiny earlobes. Since the baby’s basic physiology is now in place, the next weeks will come with consistent development and rapid growth. Notably, the placenta is fully developed and can now take over the task of nourishing your growing baby. The minuscule muscles are beginning to develop as well. An ultrasound using a Doppler is now possible, so you can hear your little one’s beating heart, much to your audible pleasure!
Ultrasound Images of 9 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 9 Weeks
Nothing has changed much compared to the previous week. Watch your diet as you did until now, and avoid alcohol and tobacco at all costs.
Switch over to more comfortable clothing — with your growing tummy, the last thing you want is to feel restrained by your clothes! Choose a bigger bra to accommodate your larger breasts and ease the discomfort.
During week 9, you will probably feel tired and unable to concentrate on the task at hand. But it’s normal — rest well, and consider talking to your boss/HR department if you feel that fatigue is preventing you from working properly.