The week 9 of pregnancy is as full of wonders as the other weeks preceding it (and the coming weeks too!). Your baby’s development continues, and may even begin to show some signs of movement soon. As your body accommodates your baby, you may also start to feel certain physical changes.
Read on to learn more about what to expect during week nine of pregnancy!
Physical Changes To Expect In Pregnancy Week 9 (Hi, Pregnancy Hormones!)
The ninth week is part of the first trimester. During this time, your baby is actively growing and may measure up to 2.2 inches long. As your body grows to accommodate the new life inside you, you may start to feel some physical changes. That includes the following pregnancy symptoms:
Cramping, Nausea, & Vomiting (Morning Sickness)
You may experience cramping as your uterus expands and increases its blood supply. Additionally, nausea and vomiting due to morning sickness may continue.
Also known as morning sickness, expectant mothers may feel queasy and ill with nausea and vomiting in the morning, throughout the day, or at night. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated and eat small meals throughout the day.
Sensitive Breasts & Discharge
Your breasts may also become tender, swollen and even itchy as they grow to support the baby’s development. Additionally, you may notice an increased vaginal discharge called leucorrhea. This discharge is normal and helps to protect your baby from infections.
Your breasts may also be growing and becoming more sensitive. This is due to the hormones released during pregnancy which help prepare them for breastfeeding.
Weight Gain & A Baby Bump
At nine weeks pregnant, you may start to gain weight and notice a baby bump. This is normal as the uterus expands to accommodate your growing baby.
It’s important to maintain a healthy weight gain throughout your pregnancy by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
Additionally, your skin may become increasingly dry as the months progress, so make sure to keep it hydrated with lotion or oil. The skin is particularly sensitive during pregnancy, so using natural products such as coconut oil or shea butter is recommended.
At this point in your pregnancy, you may feel slight movements from your baby, known as quickening. This can range from the feeling of butterflies in your pregnant belly to a stronger kick.
Emotional Changes To Expect In Pregnancy Week 9
In addition to physical changes, there may be emotional changes as you adjust to pregnancy and the new life growing inside of you.
Anxiety & Fear
At nine weeks pregnant, it is normal to feel anxious or fearful about giving birth and becoming a parent. It can help to talk with your doctor or other expectant parents about these feelings.
You may also find yourself experiencing mood swings as the levels of hormones in your body fluctuate. Make sure to take some time for yourself and relax with activities such as yoga or reading.
All About Your Baby At Week 9 Pregnancy
At nine weeks pregnant, your baby is continuously growing and developing.
About The Size Of An Olive
Your baby is now about the size of an olive and measures approximately 2.2 inches in length. This measurement is from your baby’s head to their rump, with a total weight of 0.14 ounces. They will also be starting to form facial features such as eyelids and ears.
Movement & Development
At this stage, you may start to feel the first movements of your baby. This is known as quickening and can range from feeling flutters to stronger kicks or punches.
Your baby’s internal organs are also rapidly developing, including their heart which has now divided into four chambers. Additionally, your baby’s skeleton has started to ossify.
Their liver will soon start producing red blood cells, and their digestive tract is starting to form.
Taking Care Of Yourself And Your Baby At Week 9 of Pregnancy
At nine weeks pregnant, it is important to take care of your mental and physical health for both you and the baby.
Eat A Balanced Diet
Make sure to eat a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Avoid processed foods as much as possible, as well as spicy and greasy foods. Additionally, make sure to stay hydrated and eat small meals throughout the day.
You may find that eating smaller meals than big meals will be easier for your tummy.
It is also important to get some form of exercise, such as taking a brisk walk or swimming, at least three times a week. However, consult with your doctor before starting any new physical activity during pregnancy.
Rest & Relaxation
Lastly, make sure to take some time for yourself and relax with activities such as yoga or reading. Pregnant women deserve self-care!
Both you and your baby need to be taken care of during pregnancy, so make sure that you take the time for self-care. Following these guidelines will ensure a healthy nine weeks pregnant period for both you and your baby.
You may also find it beneficial to connect with other expectant mothers and share experiences.
Attend Your Every Prenatal Appointment
It is important to attend all your doctor’s appointments and listen to their advice. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide support throughout the pregnancy. In addition, they will conduct any necessary prenatal tests.
Your doctor will also monitor your baby’s growth and development. They will also give you information on any lifestyle changes that are necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy. For example, they may recommend using a warm or cold compress for some body aches.
What To Watch Out For
Moms-to-be find that side effects of pregnancy can be normal. However it is important to watch out for any abnormalities. These include the following:
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Dizziness or fainting spells
- Severe headaches or abdominal pain
- Excessive swelling in the feet and hands
If you experience any of these other symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Skincare & Beauty
At 9 weeks pregnant, it is important to take extra care of your skin due to hormonal changes. Use natural and organic skincare products and avoid harsh chemicals. Additionally, make sure to protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
To Wrap Up
Week 9 marks a milestone for you and your baby. It is important to stay healthy and take care of yourself throughout the pregnancy, as well as attend all doctor’s appointments. As a pregnant woman, take some time for yourself and enjoy this precious experience.
If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or healthcare provider. Congratulations on this incredible journey, and good luck in the next few weeks!