9 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips
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How Big Is My Baby At 9 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is growing fast and is about the size of a cherry. The baby is about 0.09 inches long and weighs about 0.07 ounces.
- The skeleton begins to harden with formation of the cartilage.
- The eyes have grown bigger and have some color.
- The tongue is tiny with developing taste buds and tooth buds.
- The muscles begin to develop to help minor movement of limbs.
- Arms, elbows, fingers, knees, and toes are developing.
- Intestinal system including the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and anus are developing.
- The tail at the bottom has shrunk and may disappear this week.
9 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Morning Sickness: The nausea continues to bother you with increased intensity this week. This is caused by increased level of pregnancy hormones, particularly progesterone. Although it is called as “morning sickness”, it can occur at any time of day. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.
Frequent Urination: Needing to pee frequently is caused by pregnancy hormone hCG, which increases blood flow to your kidneys. It is also caused by exertion of pressure on the bladder by your expanding uterus.
Fatigue: Fatigue and tiredness is caused by huge amount of energy spent to supply blood and nutrients to the growing baby in the womb. Pregnancy hormones also play significant role. Many pregnant women experience increased fatigue and feel exhausted in the first trimester. This happens despite having a good night’s sleep. This is normal and is not a cause of worry at all. This is your body’s way of telling you that you need more rest. Your fatigue and tiredness will decrease in the second trimester.
Cramps: Cramping in the abdominal area is caused by growing and expanding embryo. Leg cramping at nighttime is also a common occurrence.
Increased Vaginal Discharge: May experience increased vaginal discharge during this week. It is normal and is not a cause to worry unless it is heavy.
Nasal Congestion: Most of the pregnant women experience nosebleeds and nasal stuffiness during pregnancy. They are caused by the increased amount of blood in your body and hormones acting on the tissues of your nose. It is normal and is just another common early pregnancy symptom.
Headaches: Headaches are common during pregnancy. Headaches are caused by surge of pregnancy hormones. Hunger, dehydration, lack of sleep, and stress can also cause headaches. Practicing some relaxing techniques will help you deal with common headaches. Headaches can be a sign of preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) and take rest to get relief. If your headache doesn’t go away or gets worse even after taking the medicine and rest, call your doctor.
Bloating & Gas: Bloating and gas occur as the progesterone hormone relaxes the gastrointestinal tract, causing slowing of the digestive process.
Mood Swings: Wild mood swings are caused by pregnancy-related hormonal changes as well as other symptoms, such as nausea and fatigue. Your emotions may vary wildly; you may feel happy one moment and sad the next. It is normal during this period.
9 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Enroll in a pregnancy yoga class.
- Continue taking prenatal vitamins and folic acid daily.
- Call your prenatal doctor and fix an appointment.
- Wear airy and loose clothes and a supportive bra to feel more comfortable.
- Keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Maintain a healthy and nutritious diet and physical activity.
- Avoid long and strenuous physical activity or exercise, and rest when tired.
- Continue eating small meals or snacks at regular intervals to beat morning sickness.
- Join a childbirth class to learn and prepare for upcoming labor and delivery.
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