You and Your Baby at Week 9 of Your Pregnancy

Your baby is the size of a cherry!

(10 minute read)

Article at a glance

  • Your body at week 9
  • Pregnancy symptoms at week 9
  • Tips for managing symptoms and health

9 Weeks Pregnant

Week 9 (1)

As you enter the 9th week of pregnancy, your baby, often referred to as a fetus at this stage, undergoes significant development. At 9 weeks, the fetus is approximately the size of a cherry, measuring about 2.3 cm long from head to bottom. Despite its small size, your baby is growing very quickly and developing essential body systems and structures.

Facial features are developing rapidly. Your baby's eyes have become larger, and they have a bit of colour to them. There is a mouth and tongue, which even contains some tiny taste buds.

Your baby's hands and feet are still forming; although the fingers and toes have not yet separated out, there are ridges which define where they will be. The internal organs are still developing.

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Your Body at Week 9

During the 9th week of pregnancy, your body continues to undergo a myriad of changes to accommodate the growing fetus. One of the most noticeable changes is the expansion of the uterus. Although it might not be visibly noticeable to others, you might start feeling that your clothes are getting snugger around your waist.

Hormonal changes are in full swing, with increased levels of hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), progesterone, and estrogen. These hormonal changes are crucial for supporting the pregnancy but can lead to various symptoms, such as emotional fluctuations. One minute you will be sad, and the next, blissfully happy. This is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.


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Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 9

At week 9, you could be experiencing various symptoms. It's essential to be kind to yourself during pregnancy and take it easy if you need to. Here are some of the common symptoms you may have at week 9:

  1. Morning Sickness: Nausea and vomiting, commonly known as morning sickness, are prevalent symptoms at this stage. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or night. Eating small, frequent meals and avoiding triggers like strong smells can help manage this symptom.
  2. Fatigue: Increased fatigue is another common symptom during the 9th week. The high levels of progesterone, along with the metabolic changes happening in your body, contribute to this exhaustion. Prioritising rest and maintaining a healthy diet can help you manage fatigue.
  3. Breast Changes: Due to hormonal changes, you might notice your breasts becoming larger, more tender, and sensitive. At this stage, it is a good idea to start wearing a supportive bra.
  4. Frequent Urination: As the uterus expands, it starts to exert pressure on your bladder, resulting in the need to urinate more often.
  5. Mood Swings: Hormonal fluctuations can also affect emotions, leading to mood swings. It's normal to feel a spectrum of emotions during this time. However, if you find these mood swings overwhelming, it's essential to talk to your healthcare provider.
  6. Increased Vaginal Discharge: An increase in vaginal discharge, which is usually thin and white, is normal during pregnancy. This is your body's way of preventing infections.
  7. Food Cravings or Aversions: You might start noticing specific cravings or aversions to certain foods. Try to maintain a healthy diet, but take care of yourself and eat as you need to if you're suffering from nausea.
  8. Nasal Congestion: Increased blood flow and hormonal changes can lead to swelling of the mucous membranes in your nose, causing congestion.

Tips for Managing Symptoms and Maintaining Health

Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids is good for you, so try to stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy. Drink to your thirst throughout the day.

Nutrition: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Prenatal vitamins can help fill any nutritional gaps. If you're suffering from nausea, then just eat what you can.

Rest and Relaxation: Ensure you're getting enough rest. Light exercises like walking or prenatal yoga can be beneficial and are perfectly safe to carry out during pregnancy. If your pregnancy is high-risk, then be sure to check with your GP before undertaking exercise.

Regular Check-ups: Continue with your regular prenatal check-ups. These appointments are essential for monitoring your health and the baby's development.

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