9 Weeks Pregnant

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Pregnancy week 9 means that you are approaching the end of your first trimester. For more than two months, your body has been going through incredible changes that are not that obvious to the outside world, and admittedly you have had to suffer for some part of it. It might seem like an eternity before it is all over, but at the end of it all, I assure you: it will be more than worth it.

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Mommy Matters

With increased blood volume, bloating due to hormones, and breasts that are further preparing themselves for your oncoming child, a lot of changes are happening to your body at the same time. Do not be surprised if you go up a size – at the end of the day, you would have to get used to this anyways. Due to the increasing amount of change that is happening to your body to accommodate your child and prepare yourself for her birth, you may feel increasingly fatigued, emotional, and stressed. This is completely natural, and by the second trimester you will hopefully feel a little better!

In terms of having a healthy diet, avoid anything that is excessive in oil, and do not skip any meals.

During the pregnancy, don’t panic about the changes in your body. All these changes are quite normal and keep in mind the fact that you are going to meet your little angel in a few months time. So take it easy and stay cool and calm.

Baby Watch

The little one inside you has been rapidly growing for the past couple of months. From a bunch of cells to something that looks remotely alien, your baby is now starting to look like…well, a human. At pregnancy week 9, her facial features are starting to become apparent – if you could see her now, it wouldn’t take much to make out her eyes (under her still-sealed eyelids), mouth, and nose. Her organs have largely completed formation and are working efficiently.

More importantly, her genitalia has started to develop – it will not be long before you can determine the sex of your child! Such exciting times are ahead, and I know you cannot wait to find out whether she is a girl or a boy (although, either way, I am sure you will love her nevertheless). Furthermore, your connection to your baby has finally been completed – the placenta is now fully operational, and will send the necessary hormones to your baby’s bloodstream. She will now continue to develop at a tremendous pace, and before long she will be kicking inside.

Baby Weight and Size

At 9 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 1-1/4 inches (3 cm), about the size of a grape or an olive. Her weight is now about 1/8 oz (4 grams).

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9 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

All the potential discomforts and symptoms that you might have suffered so far – nausea, fatigue, dizziness, increasing urination, food cravings, constipation, and mood swings – might unfortunately just become even greater during this period!

To try to combat this hard period of your pregnancy, it is important to do things slowly, eat healthily, have lots of water, and try not to stress so much.

In terms of having a healthy diet, avoid anything that is excessive in fat, and do not skip any meals. Try to have a few small meals a day rather than a few big ones.

Some issues, like frequent urination, is something you just have to accept as a fact of life nowadays. Moreover, avoiding caffeine and alcohol is a must in terms of liquids to drink. Moreover, you simply cannot smoke. This might cause miscarriage, disabilities to your child, or God forbid, even death right after birth.

  • Maternity bra: Wear a maternity bra to deal with the issue of sore breasts. Sports bra would help you a lot.
  • Drink water: Drink a lot of water and eat high-fiber food to battle constipation and provide fullness.
  • Frequent meals: Eat frequent but small meals and avoid fatty food and do not skip any meals.
  • Caffeine and Alcohol: Maintain a fair distance from caffeine and alcohol

Tips and To Do’s

Visiting the doctor

If you still have not applied to parental care, it is very important to do so now. It might be hard because of all the discomforts you might be suffering as mentioned above, but to have an expert opinion and help is essential for the health of both you and your child.

Parental care

Whilst at home, having lots of protein and sugars is vital for your baby to grow and to keep your energy levels up. At pregnancy week 9, if you are suffering from any extended cramps, fever, or chills, you must consult your doctor immediately to have your pregnancy monitored.

Stop smoking

Stop smoking! do I need to give any explanation as to why? Don’t think so!

Stay calm

Most importantly, try to stay calm and collected. It is true that it is hard to do so – there are so many changes that are occurring to you at the same time, both to you and your baby. At week 9, it may be hard to keep up with all those changes. However, try to stay positive – in only a few months’ time you will be united with your baby for the first time, and all the agony that you might be feeling now will be forever forgotten.

Exercise

Keep up with or start some gentle exercise—the more fit you keep yourself, the easier labor and delivery will be.

This is it for the 9th week of pregnancy and now is probably a good time to budget for when the baby arrives. Stay happy and blessed!

Last reviewed on: November 17, 2016

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