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9 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

9 Weeks Pregnant

9 Weeks Pregnant
9 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby

Have you heard that sweet little heartbeat yet? If not, know that it’ll be very soon! This whole pregnancy thing is starting to get pretty real, isn’t it? Here’s what else is going on inside when you’re 9 weeks pregnant.

How Big is Baby at 9 Weeks Pregnant

At 9 weeks pregnant, your developing baby is .91 inches long and weighing in at .07 ounces. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll be pleased to know that a Hershey’s Kiss is about the size of baby at 9 weeks. He or she is also about the size of a cherry this week.

Baby’s Development

  • Heart development: Your baby’s little heart now has four distinct chambers, and its valves are forming. That heartbeat may now be strong enough to be heard with a fetal doppler.
  • Eyes: Your baby at 9 weeks has eyes that are fully formed now too, but they won’t open for a while. In fact, the lids will be fused shut until about 27 weeks.
  • Arms and legs: In a fetus at 9 weeks, the arms are developing bones, and tiny muscles are starting to form. Believe it or not, those arms and legs are moving around in there! You won’t feel it until the second trimester though.
  • Fingers and toes: Those webbed buds on your baby’s hands and feet are starting to turn into actual fingers and toes.
  • Weight gain: Baby’s about to undergo major growth. How big is a baby at 9 weeks? Well, over the next three weeks, they’ll double in length, and will go from .07 ounces to .49 ounces. That’s seven times the weight!

Growing Baby’s Strong Bones

Keep eating right—or as well as you can if you’re also dealing with morning sickness, since that can be tough—and taking those prenatal vitamins.

Particularly important right now are bone-building calcium and Vitamin D. Your baby’s bones are undergoing loads of development, so these nutrients are essential. Soon, your body will be supplying baby the calcium they need—through the placenta—to harden, strengthen and continue to grow those bones.

Aim for about 1,000 milligrams (1 gram) of calcium per day to make sure you have enough for your baby without depleting your own supply (which can lead to bone loss). Vitamin D helps your body absorb all that calcium; take about 200 to 400 IUs of it daily.

Top Tip for 9 Weeks Pregnant

There are lots of baby essentials, and a viral pregnancy announcement isn’t one of them. Do it your way!

9 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

9 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

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If you’re 9 weeks pregnant, you are three months pregnant. Congratulations!

9 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

If you’re 9 weeks pregnant with no symptoms, cross your fingers—you may breeze through without the dreaded morning sickness. If not? Rest assured it should be over soon. Are you cramping at 9 weeks pregnant? Know that it’s likely normal. After all, everything’s moving and stretching in there now. Here are some other 9 weeks pregnant symptoms you may experience.

  • Morning sickness: Nausea and vomiting can peak around 9 weeks pregnant. Right now, it’s rough! But luckily, being at the peak means the symptoms should lessen soon, and you should be totally done with it by early in the second trimester. 🤞 Keep doing what’s working best for you, whether that means constant snacking, sucking on lollipops or mints, or sipping lemon sparkling water.
  • Fatigue: Nodding off in important meetings and while binge- watching Game of Thrones? Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms during the first trimester. As your body surges with progesterone, it makes you sluggish. Take naps, go to bed early, and sleep in on the weekends. Just like with morning sickness, do what you need to do to get through. In just a few weeks, you’ll be in the second trimester when many pregnant moms get a rush of energy.
  • Headaches: At nine weeks pregnant, headaches may be an everyday occurrence. Pregnancy headaches are common for a variety of reasons: hormone fluctuations, stress, vision changes, lack of sleep, dehydration and hunger—to name a few. You can try to prevent them by getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of water, snacking frequently and trying relaxation techniques, like meditation or prenatal yoga. Check with your doc to see what headache medications they approve for you; many give the OK to taking Tylenol every now and again for a particularly nagging 9 weeks pregnant headache.
  • Mood swings: With all the stress and not feeling your best, it’s no wonder you’re moody. Plus, those pesky hormones are messing with the neurotransmitters in your brain that normally help you stay calm and collected. If you can, make things easier on yourself—at least for the next couple weeks, when moodiness is hitting hard. Reschedule social engagements for the second trimester, ask your partner to take on extra tasks around your home and get extra sleep. (Do you detect a theme here?)
  • Frequent urination: Running to the bathroom to pee every 20 minutes? Frequent urination is really common during the first trimester because the hormone hcG (same one that causes nausea) is causing extra blood flow and making your kidneys produce up to 25% more urine than usual. This symptom usually goes away in the second trimester only to come back when the baby gets big enough to dance on your bladder.

Snacks to Help Relieve Morning Sickness

The key to getting through the day without throwing up might just be smart snacking. You’re going to have to troubleshoot your snack strategy, since what works from some pregnant women doesn’t work for others. A few popular snacking tips:

Keep snacks always at the ready: We’re talking in your nightstand, your desk drawer, your purse, your car. Some moms-to-be swear avoiding an empty stomach means avoiding feeling sick. Eat something before you even get out of bed in the a.m. Who cares about the crumbs?

Try starchy snacks: Crackers, salty potato chips, pretzels and other carby, salty snacks sometimes can help settle the stomach.

Also, try protein-packed snacks: Some pregnant women find less relief with crackers and chips and better luck with protein-rich foods like cheese, yogurt, nuts and trail mix.

Experiment with refreshing flavor: Citrus flavors, such as lemon, are popular among the morning sickness crowd. So are watermelon, ginger (a natural tummy settler) and peppermint. Try snacks, drinks, candies, lozenges and lollipops made of each to see if they help.

Follow your aversions and cravings: Now is not the time to stress about whether you ate a salad today. Whatever foods you can stomach and that your body craves, eat them. The most important thing right now is handling the morning sickness, not counting calories or macros. Once your symptoms ease, you’ll be able to better focus on properly balancing your meals.

If you can’t keep anything down or you get dehydrated, talk to your doctor, since you might have a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.

Your 9 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Weight gain is totally normal at 9 weeks pregnant and throughout your pregnancy. Doctors usually recommend gaining about 1.1 to 4.4 pounds in the first trimester. If you’re pregnant with twins, you may gain 4 to 6 pounds.

But if you’re above or below that range, don’t be too hard on yourself. Some pregnant women can’t put on weight because morning sickness wreaks havoc on their appetite. Others eat more to settle their stomach or put on a few extra pounds as their body adjusts to pregnancy. Talk with your OB if you’re concerned about your weight gain so far. They’ll give advice and recommendations, so that you’re gaining a healthy amount of weight for the rest of your pregnancy.

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Fun Fact

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Week 9 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Make a plan to tell friends/work/Facebook/Instagram/your second grade teacher that you’re expecting.
  • Pack snack emergency kits and put them where you need them most.
  • Clear your calendar of any unnecessary appointments or social engagements over the next few weeks. Give yourself extra time to rest and permission to take extra care of yourself until you’re closer to the second trimester. Chances are you’ll feel more like yourself soon.
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