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By your ninth week of pregnancy, your baby is rapidly undergoing a physical revolution that is marked by the beginnings of its growth in adorably miniature fingertips along with an assemblage of fully functioning joints including their ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and shoulders.
By this time, your baby’s facial features have become further distinctive in their clarity and formation, with their little nostrils, mouse, nose, and earlobes both defining and framing their face.
In terms of relative size, your tiny person has grown to the size of about a cherry, measuring at about .9 of an inch and weighing in at about .07 of an ounce
Throughout the ninth week, your placenta is quickening in its overall development and taking command of its string of duties surrounding the production of critically important hormones.
It’s an important time in your pregnancy. You’ve officially conquered the many milestones dotting your pregnancy journey and have made it to the crucial three-month mark. Although you are really two months pregnant at the nine-weekmark, for all intents and purposes, you are in your third month of your term.
At this present stage, your baby has left its embryo status behind and has begun its initial foray into the fetal stage. From here on out, he or she will be referred to as a fetus rather than an embryo. As the shifting definition of your baby status is made by your doctor, all that it really means to you in terms of a simple definition is that your baby is
now in the process of becoming increasingly more human-like in form with distinct and clear features that are becoming fine-tuned and more easily viewable on ultrasound scans. It also means that you are preparing to leave behind the many trials and tribulations you experienced in your first trimester and moving on within the coming weeks to the next important hallmark of pregnancy, thus concluding your first trimester.
As you inch forward to closing in on the finish line of your first trimester, more than likely you will have experienced quite a bit of discomfort on both physical and emotional levels. The waistbands, fit, and form of your clothing will probably have become untenable at this point, with relief being found in comfortably-fitting maternity bras, pants, and various clothing items you will have purchased by this time to allow you to function and provide a relaxed and pleasant overall fit.
Many women find that their older clothing items that are presently too tight for comfort and function may actually serve to exacerbate the chronic nausea they feel by constricting the body and belly to result in further discomfort. A necessarily quick fix to providing optimal comfort and assisting to alleviate nausea is investing in tops, bottoms, and bras constructed from breathable fabric that is stretchy to the touch and comfortably accommodates your swelling breasts and belly.
While your body continues to grow on the outside, it’s well worth noting that your uterus is continuing to grow at a rapid pace as well. At this stage in pregnancy, your uterus will incredibly resemble the size of a cantaloupe due to the abundance of circulating hormones within your body.
Marked increases in bloating, lethargy, and nausea will be among the most common symptoms you will experience as your uterus continues to swell from its original size, with noticeable weight gain from the immense water retention you will be experiencing.
The profusion of circulating hormones and their accompanying physical symptoms are something that you will endure for quite some time as a pregnant woman, with progesterone, in particular, playing a major part in mood swings that are severe, chronic, and at times utterly emotionally debilitating.
Among the most pivotally important changes happening to your baby during the nine-week mark are the division of its tiny little heart into quadrants, with the formation of heart valves and the overall transformation of its circulatory system taking on sophisticated congenital changes.
You are now marching through to the first-trimester finish line and have endured the plethora of trials and tribulations that have punctuated your three-month journey! Read on below to learn how to manage the next few weeks of your pregnancy that ultimately mark the end of your first trimester and herald in the nextimportant hallmark of your term.
Your Physical and Emotional Health
9 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
While weight gain is a completely natural occurrence for pregnant women, it’s highly recommended that you have a discussion with your doctor about the weight fluctuations are experiencing, particularly if you have undergone drastic weight changes. If you are one of the minorities of pregnant women who actually lose weight during your pregnancy, know that it is okay and completely normal. Remember, as said many times before, pregnancy for every woman is different, and the experiences that other pregnant women have had may be in disparate contrast to your own experiences.
Another discussion you will want to have with your doctor is about nausea. While pregnancy-induced nausea is commonplace, severely debilitating nausea may require medical intervention. Occurring when pregnant women become so nauseated that they simply cannot hold liquids or food down, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (abbreviated as HG) is a condition that signifies a dangerous level of dehydration in a woman’s body and can lead to a severe loss in weight, fainting spells and chronic exhaustion.
To remedy HG and its debilitating effects on baby and your body, your doctor will use IV treatment to help you replenish the level of fluids in your body and keep you optimally hydrated. He or she may also write you a prescription for a simple (and safe for pregnancy) anti-nausea medication that will not only mitigate nausea spells but also stop much of the resultant vomiting.
Fortunately, a majority of women won’t experience nausea to the point of needing IV-assisted fluid intervention. With that being said, there are still a range of symptoms that pregnant women will constantly be dealing with from the moment they wake up and to the moment they fall asleep.
Mood swings top the list of pregnant women’s most debilitating symptoms experiences, with emotions seemingly changing from second to second. A pregnant woman can commonly be seen laughing one minute and sobbing the next minute. Entirely not her fault, hormones such as progesterone and estrogen pump at a frenetic pace throughout her body; swirling and circulating like an internal hurricane, these hormones create a whirlwind of uncontrollable emotions that are in constant flux. While a pregnant woman cannot control the raging hormones within her body, there are simple steps she can take to help mitigate the many emotions that mood swings present.
Practicing relaxation techniques remains at the top of the list of “treating” mood swings, with plenty of rest and exercise of paramount importance. Avoiding stress in the form of stress-inducing situations or people is also of critical importance and will help you maintain a modicum of emotional control throughout your day as you take the necessary steps to improve your symptoms.
Also very common during this point in the pregnancy experience is dizziness or feeling faint from shifting blood pressure and low blood sugar. To best rectify this situation, eat small (healthy) meals throughout your day to ensure that your blood sugar stays stable. If your dizziness is coming from fluctuating blood pressure, make sure that you rise from sitting positions very slowly – if you feel faint, sit back down immediately or lay down until the feeling passes and you feel more stable.
Your Baby’s Health and Status
With the head marking the largest of its extremities, your baby now has most of its major physical features situated, including its arms and legs, with its major organs and muscles fully functioning. As the fetus migrates out of the embryonic era and makes its foray into the fetal stage, it still just under an inch long but also begins to rapidly put on weight. Your baby is now out of the embryonic period and into the fetal period. At just an inch long, your baby still weighs around three grams, about the same as during the eighth week of pregnancy.
Fused together at this stage in your pregnancy, your baby’s eyes will not finally open until sometime during your 27th week of pregnancy. Meanwhile, the division of your baby’s heart into functioning quadrants means that its heart will begin to pump at a frenetic pace as they continue their growth journey.
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge
9 Weeks Pregnant
- Support groups are immensely valuable. Look on community websites for pregnancy support groups to attend on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The presence of other mothers-to-be undergoing similar experiences to yours will be a comfort to you and work to ease much of the stress, anxiety, and fear you feel.
- When purchasing maternity bras, consider getting professionally fitted. A bra that fits you perfectly will help you remain comfortable throughout the day and help to alleviate symptoms of stress and nausea
- Ensure that you are getting enough iron. An easy way to incorporate iron into your diet is to take a liquid iron supplement and to consume orange juice (not the unpasteurized, fresh squeezed kinds) with some of your meals as a way to bolster the absorption of iron derived from your food sources. Low iron levels can contribute to dizzy and faint feelings
- If you are experiencing severely debilitating headaches, it’s safe to take a medication called paracetamol to ease much of your discomfort. Consult with your doctor first
Week 6 To-do List and Reminders
9 Weeks Pregnant
- Start bonding with your baby. As he or she begins their physical journey into becoming a little human, now is an opportune time to implement bonding measures such as taking 10 minutes out of your day to rest your hands on your belly and to spend quiet time with your baby as you think about the future and the upcoming birth
- Make sure that you are very well-versed on Maternity Leave policies at your workplace, any insurance information pertaining to Maternity/Birthing/Pregnancy
- Start saving and frequently adding to a monetary fund for the birth of your baby and the expenses that will immediately take place afterwards
- Start considering the costs of your prenatal care with respect to insurance copays (or not)
- Begin to estimate your birth delivery costs
Hyperemesis Gravidarum: (abbreviated as HG) – A condition signifying a critically dangerous low level of fluids within a woman’s body. The level of dehydration can lead to weight loss, exhaustion, fainting, and more. This condition is rectified by the incorporation of IV-supplied fluids to replenish and nourish the woman’s body.
Cool Things to Know
- Right about now, your baby’s fingertip “pads” are filling out
- Your symptoms can quite possibly begin easing up after the end of your first trimester! With hormone levels currently at an all-time high, your body responds by presenting a plethora of severe symptoms. After the ten-week mark, many women experience a reduction in symptoms for some time
Ready to find out what’s next in your pregnancy journey?