Your baby is a foetus now!
This week marks the end of the embryonic stage. So your baby is officially a foetus now!
Baby’s developments at week 9
Your baby is now the size of an olive, measuring 0.90 inches and weighing a less than 10 grams. The tiny heart is now pounding fast and the heartbeat can be picked up through a Doppler. With distinct facial features, the baby is beginning to look more and more human.
Significant developments during week 9
- All your baby’s vital organs have formed by now and are starting to work together.
- As external changes such as the separation of fingers and toes and the disappearance of the tail takes place, internal developments are taking place too
- Your baby’s eyes are bigger now and eyes have formed but fused. They won’t open until week 26
- Ears are starting to develop and tooth buds form inside the mouth.
- If you’re having a boy, his testes will begin producing the male hormone testosterone.
Sometimes, an ultrasound per
Pregnancy symptoms at week 9
Your uterus is expanding; however your bump is still not visible. But your waistline is filling up so don’t get alarmed if your trousers or skirts aren’t fitting you like they used to.
- Extreme fatigue sets in during this stage and you may find it hard to stand for long. Your legs may begin to ache after a while of standing. This is normal, so don’t punish yourself. Rest your legs and whenever sitting down, put your legs up.
- Symptoms similar to pre-menstrual discomfort like abdominal cramps and pain are quite common.
- Morning sickness will continue for another few weeks
- You may have frequent hunger pangs and strong food aversions too
Read: Pregnancy Snacking
- The raging hormones are bound to make you moody
- You’ll find yourself running to the loo quite often
- Vaginal discharge has increased by now. This will continue throughout pregnancy and nothing to be concerned about unless it is yellow or begins to irritate you.
- Your nipples may have grown larger and the area around it – areola – will get darker. You may also see small pimples around the areola. Don’t get alarmed. These are the Montgomery’s Tubercles – which help in preparing your nipples for breastfeeding. So don’t interfere with them by squeezing or plucking them.
- Other pregnancy symptoms like dizziness, constipation
Important things to do this week
- Cut down on your coffee
- Wash all fruits and veggies thoroughly before eating
- Keep away from unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses
- Undercooked meat, fish and eggs can be dangerous – so stay cautious while eating these
- Drink plenty of water and fill your plates with high fibre food to combat constipation
Tip for Pregnancy Week 9
While sleeping, rest on your left side. This prevents your growing uterus from pressing on your intestines and blood vessels as also allows better blood flow to baby.