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The news of you being pregnant has settled in by the ninth week. Most women at week 9 are mentally and physically exhausted because of the pregnancy symptoms and wonder when will these pregnancy symptoms will be over. Good news! From this week onwards many pregnancy symptoms will start to decrease in severity if not vanish altogether.

Week 9 – Pregnancy Development, Symptoms and More…

The news of you being pregnant has settled in by the ninth week. Most women at week 9 are mentally and physically exhausted because of the pregnancy symptoms and wonder when will these pregnancy symptoms will be over. Good news! From this week onwards many pregnancy symptoms will start to decrease in severity if not vanish altogether.

How many months are 9 weeks?

At week 9, you are in your third month. The end of this third month will also mark the end of your first trimester. Only 6 months or 31 weeks to go.

Development of the baby

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The head continues to develop into a solid shape. The features on your baby’s face are becoming sharper. The bumps on both sides of the head are growing continuously to become ears.

How big is the baby at 9 weeks?

Your baby has doubled in size and is around 1 inch long and weighs about 0.07 ounces. Almost a size of a grape.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!!!

Your baby loves to wiggle those tiny hands and feet. Although you cannot feel the kicks and punches until next month your baby loves to move around and try new tricks.

Beginning to look like a human

Tiny toes and elbow joints are developing this week as well. The brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and all the other essential organs are also developing at full speed. Your baby looks like the miniature form of what it will be at birth.

Clearly audible heartbeat

Your baby’s heart is developed enough to make an audible lub-dub heartbeat sound which you can hear anytime. All you have to do is get a Doppler which is a handheld ultrasound device. It is a good idea to keep a check on your baby’s health and inform the doctor in case of any emergencies.

Your belly at 9 weeks

You don’t have a prominent bump yet but things have started to change a little bit. Do you catch yourself wondering, if that is a tiny bump or just bloating? Well, it’s a mix of both. As the placenta continues to grow to accommodate the growing tiny human, it puts pressure on your other organs which results in bloating, etc. So yes! that’s a little bit of a baby bump. Congrats!

Pregnancy Symptoms

You have had enough with all that nausea, morning sickness, middle of the night pees, bloating, mood swings, and all the jazz that comes with being pregnant. Just a few more weeks to go and many of these symptoms will go away.

Some of the pregnancy symptoms that might top the chart this week are nausea, tender breasts, bloating, frequent need to pee, mood swings, food craving and aversions, fatigue, congestion, constipation, and lightheadedness.

The hormone levels are still increasing like crazy. Which is the driving force of all your symptoms. Once the placenta is fully developed in the coming few weeks, it will level the hormone production and you will get the much-needed relief from these pesky pregnancy symptoms.

What you can do at week 9 to ease the symptoms?

  • Break down big meals into smaller nutrients-packs meals several times a day
  • Stay hydrated – always carry a water bottle with you for whenever you feel thirsty
  • Eat high in fiber foods because they keep you full and deal with constipation like oats
  • Avoid wearing wired bras and fitted clothes. Rather try soft cotton bras and comfy clothes
  • Take rest when you need to – listen to your body
  • Avoid extra spicy and greasy food to prevent heartburn
  • Don’t skip meals, your prenatal supplements, and prenatal exercise routine
  • Don’t hold your pee for long. It can damage your kidneys

Focus on things you should consider during pregnancy like eating healthy, staying active, sleeping positions, etc to have a safer and healthier pregnancy. And be mindful of the things that can be harmful during pregnancy,

While some to-be mamas might be gaining some weight – which is necessary, some to-be mamas might be losing some pounds because of morning sickness and food aversions.

Maintain a healthy weight gain

Weight gain doesn’t have to be drastic during the pregnancy neither it is recommended. Try to maintain a healthy weight gain by not giving in to all your food cravings and staying active. Normally, 25-35 pounds is the total weight that a pregnant woman gains throughout her pregnancy. Eat everything except foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Women who experience weight loss at the 9th week shouldn’t worry too much. A small weight loss is still okay. But if you are experiencing severe nausea and food aversions try to talk to your doctor about your concerns. Severe nausea and vomiting can leave you dehydrated so don’t take it too easy. It can harm your baby as well.

Never underestimate the importance of taking good overall care of yourself even at this early stage of pregnancy. A healthy start will help you in so many ways throughout your pregnancy and even after delivering your baby.

When to call a doctor

Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • severe pelvic cramps
  • excessive vaginal bleeding
  • fever with body aches
  • chills and light-headedness
  • pain or burn during urination.

Also, let your doctor know if you cannot eat anything without throwing it up and the nausea is causing weight loss and excessive fatigue.

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