Week 9 of Your Pregnancy

October 31, 2009

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

9WeeksFetusWeb200This week your hCG levels are peaking. This means that if you have been having morning sickness, this could be an especially tough week. If you are having frequent vomiting, try to be sure that you are getting enough fluids to prevent dehydration. Check out the section of this website on morning sickness for some valuable tips.

In addition to the nausea, you may be noticing some changes in your hair, which could get thicker, thinner, shinier, or greasier, thinner or more limp. Pregnancy can cause many different changes in your hair texture.

You still may not look pregnant, unless this is not your first pregnancy. Your waist may be expanding a bit, and you may feel that your abdominal area below your belly button is firmer that usual.

Your blood volume has increased greatly. Your body is pumping more blood than before. By the end of your pregnancy your blood volume will increase by about 50%. While your body is building blood, your plasma levels will increase as will your red blood cells. This increases your body’s need for iron.

If your body is deficient in iron, anemia can result, with symptoms of fatigue, dizziness and general ill health.

You may continue to feel mood swings, heartburn, and bloating. These are common discomforts during this stage of pregnancy.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is about 1 inch long, about the size of a grape or green olive. It has been 7 weeks since conception.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 9 Weeks?

Here is a great video showing a fetus in the womb at 9 weeks which is 7 weeks since conception. Click here to watch this video.

Here is some awesome video for you to see what your baby may look like at this time in your pregnancy. Click here to watch.

How is Your Baby Developing?

9WeeksFetus2Web200Your baby is beginning to look much more distinctly human. The head is large in proportion to the body, making up about half its length. Hands and feet are beginning to form fingers and toes.

The eyelids and retina have formed. A tiny tongue has formed together with taste buds, and tooth buds are developing inside the jaw bone.

The external genitalia are beginning to form, but are still not distinct enough to tell if your baby is a boy or a girl. Nipples are also visible now.

There are now hundreds of different types of cells present and the embryo’s muscles and nerves are twitching. All the major organs and body systems are in place.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

You may be feeling very tired at this point in your pregnancy, or experiencing some discomforts or difficulty sleeping.

If heartburn is keeping you awake at night, try elevating your head slightly while you sleep, and view the section on this website about heartburn during pregnancy.

Your doctor may begin speaking with you about a variety of prenatal testing such as CVS (chorionic villus sampling), especially if you are over the age of 35.

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