9 Weeks Pregnant
Greetings! it’s your 9 Weeks pregnant period. As yet another week goes by and you enter the week 9 of this life changing journey called pregnancy, your little bub has gone from being a primitive form of life “fetus” to an “embryo”. The vital organs are developing though they are still in their developmental stage and not present at their exact locations that they will be at the time of your baby’s birth. For a visual experience, hold a little grape in your palm and give it a loving smile, that’s how big your baby is at this stage, measuring approximately 2.5 cm.
If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, your waistline will already start demanding maternity wear as you weight gain will be slightly more at this stage.
How Your Baby is Growing This Week?
The finer aspects of the face of your baby at 9 weeks are taking shape to gradually form the beautiful face that you will behold at the end of this journey. The vital organs are forming. Limbs are taking shape and little muscles are getting stronger day by day (Remember to take your multivitamins and folic acid). The placenta has taken over the task of providing nutrients and removing wastes.
A very important milestone at week 9 is that the heart has divided into four chambers and is beating individually. This beat can be picked up somewhere between 10-12 weeks by a Doppler which is attached to a sound enhancer. At your upcoming antenatal visit you may get to hear the lovely lub..dub.. of your little ones heart. In case you have an early ultra-sonogram you may hear it earlier, which is anytime after 6-8 weeks. This sound will be the first physical contact with your baby, of course till the kicks and movements begin!!!
Changes in Your Body at 9 Weeks Pregnant
There are a lot of changes happening in your body at nine weeks pregnant. The placenta is working to provide and sustain the baby as it grows, making you feel extra tired. The need for extra sleep will gradually begin to wane off by the time your first trimester ends.
Nausea and vomiting along with frequent desire to urinate keep the bathroom trips at a high number at week 9. A very effective method to cope with frequent urination is to double dip, that is, pass urine a second time after the first. This helps to completely empty the urinary bladder.
Your waistline is not very prominent, however if this is your second pregnancy or you are nine weeks pregnant with twins, you will begin to “show” in your first trimester itself.
Week 9 Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
There is not much change in pregnancy symptoms week by week, particularly until you are at the end of your first trimester.
- Engorgement of breasts and tenderness
- Frequent urination
- Excessive gas formation
- Acidity and heartburn
- Exaggerated sense of smell
- Mood changes
The gastric changes that you experience at 9 weeks are due to the hormone progesterone which tends to slow down the movement of food in the bowels leading to constipation and gas formation. A fiber enriched diet, water and regular walking or moderate exercise will help to relieve these symptoms.
You may also notice that your nipple and areola of your breast are darkening. The breasts are heavier and may at times feel tender and painful. Apart from these, and your slowly increasing 9 weeks pregnant belly, you may hardly experience any other new 9 weeks pregnant symptoms during this week.
Diagnostic Tests and Ultrasound Results in Week 9 of Pregnancy
A 9 weeks pregnant ultrasound shows the baby as white image surrounded by black space which is the amniotic fluid. The baby’s beating heart is seen as flickering image. The radiologist will also hear the heart sound and measure the heart rate per minute.
The 9 week fetus is still very small and so to assess the growth measurement is taken as CRL that is the length of the baby from crown to rump.
The limbs will be seen though not very clearly, you will however see your little bub moving actively around within the gestational sac, but there’s still a long way to go before you can actually feel those movements.
You will also get a 9 week ultrasound picture which will be the first photo of your baby in his/her baby book.
This is normally the first scan a pregnant lady will have. In case of a miscarriage or in cases of ectopic pregnancy, there may be a yolk sac but the gestational sac may be empty or there may be an absent heartbeat.
Pregnancy Health Tips
Its your 9 Weeks Pregnant and your baby developing rapidly inside your uterus, it gets important that you now focus more on your health than ever before. Only a healthy mother gives birth to a healthy baby! And so, here are a few pregnancy health tips that should follow during your pregnancy.
- Drink soups and decaffeinated tea to relieve congestion and cough.
- Use a mint mouthwash to fight excessive salivation. Brushing your teeth a couple of times in the day can also be helpful.
- Wear pregnancy support bras for your changing breast size
- Sleep when your body demands in order to fight Insomnia.
- Avoid watching television, computer or your mobile before going to sleep. This may cause an interference to your sleep.
- Sleep on your left side to reduce chances of heartburn and acidity. It will also help in digesting your food quickly.
- Clean your genitals with a medicated hygiene wash to stay away from urinary infections. In case you experience a burning sensation while urinating, remember to visit your doctor right away.