9 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 9

Your baby this week - Week 9

You’re 9 weeks pregnant!! YOOHOO!  Your baby’s heart has divided into 4 chambers and valves are forming. Her tooth beds are in place too. She is now nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a few milligrams. She's starting to look more and more human. The most important body parts are in place, though they will continue to develop.  

Size of baby at 9 weeks

The embryonic "tail" that was obvious until a couple of weeks ago is completely gone. Your baby's vital organs, muscles, and nerves are all beginning to work. The external sex organs have been formed but won't be obvious as male or female for another few weeks. The eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks in utero. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose and even nostrils are more pronounced. The placenta is now well developed so much so that it has taken over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby has most of her body parts starting to develop, she's all set for rapid weight gain.

9 weeks pregnant - Your body this week.

9 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body 

So what’s going on with you now that you’re 9 weeks pregnant? If you were really slim before pregnancy, you probably think you’re starting to show this week - your clothes are getting snugger around the waist, you're spilling out on top, and you've signed up for frequent flyer miles at the restroom (if it isn't to throw up, it's to pee). You probably feel pregnant - not only are morning sickness and other pregnancy symptoms ravaging you, but you may feel like an emotional wreck too.

Mood swings during pregnancy are common— it's perfectly normal to feel super happy or unduly terrified about becoming a parent. Cut yourself some slack. Most women find that moodiness flares up at from 6-10 weeks after conception, and even lets up in the second trimester, but then manifests as panic attacks as pregnancy winds to a close.

As you make up your way towards the end of the first trimester of your pregnancy it is important to follow a good diet. You must include calcium rich foods like dairy products, and vegetables like broccoli, capsicum and spinach in your diet. At this time, iron rich foods like folates and green leafy vegetables should also feature in your pregnancy diet. Follow our guidelines on what to eat for a balanced diet during pregnancy or ask your healthcare provider. You may want to keep an eye on weight gain during pregnancy. Vacillating at either end of the spectrum – gaining no weight or too much weight – may both be bad for you and the baby. If you were already overweight while getting pregnant, you can talk to your doctor about how best to manage your weight gain during pregnancy.

Meanwhile it may seem like the extreme pregnancy symptoms aren’t letting up at all. You may feel extremely fatigued - and for good reason: making a baby no walk in the park! Your body is working on overdrive preparing itself for motherhood as it helps develop the most vital pregnancy organ – the placenta - your baby's lifeline. Besides, that metabolism that you’ve been trying to up FOREVER has finally gone up and hormone levels have increased, which results in a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure — all tailor-made for fatigue!

Rest up, momma! You’ll soon be out of the first trimester and into the golden one.


Things to know about pregnancy in Week 9

What are some of the iron-rich foods and calcium-rich foods that you should be consuming at this time for a healthier pregnancy? One of the other concern you may have at this time is constipation. Constipation during pregnancy is quite common. Read about how to deal with this and other issues that may be plaguing you at this time. ZenParent has relevant articles customised to your stage in pregnancy to help you through this time!