Pregnancy Week 9

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The baby is known as a fetus during pregnancy week 9. The baby’s head is nearly the same size as the rest of his or her body.

Baby during Pregnancy Week 9

Pigmentation is present in the eyes which makes them prominent. Earlobes become visible on ultrasound as well. Tongue is formed with small taste buds.

Eyelids are fused and will remain so till the third trimester. Lips, mouth, nose and forehead keep on growing and teeth start developing as well.

Tiny arms and legs are present and ankles and wrist are developing at a fast pace. Ridges can be seen on ultrasound indicating the places where fingers and toes will form.

Brain, nerves and spinal cord continue developing during pregnancy week 9. All internal organs including heart, kidneys, lungs and intestines have already formed. Now they are developing rapidly. Development of genitals is continuing but can’t be visualized on ultrasound.

Cerebellum, pituitary gland, middle layer of adrenal glands and lymph nodes are forming.

Placenta has matured enough to carry out nutrient production, waste disposal and hormone production.

From now onward baby will start growing in size and weight as basic body structure has already formed.

Pregnancy week 9

Embryo 7 weeks after conception (Pregnancy Week 9) by GoldenBear at German Wikipedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Size and Weight

The fetus is about 2.3 cm or 0.9 inches, about the size of a green olive and weighs around 2 grams.

Mother during Pregnancy Week 9

Various pregnancy symptoms occur because body organs work harder due to increasing blood volumes. Weight gain occurs and breasts become fuller. No weight gain may occur if mother has severe morning sickness or food aversions.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pregnant women continue to experience morning sickness, headaches, heartburn, dizziness, bloating, abdominal pain, lower back pain and cramping.
  • Bulging veins
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nose bleeds
  • Frequent urination
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • Nasal congestion
  • Heightened sense of smell
  • Joint pain
  • Itchy skin and acne outbreaks

Feelings

Depression and mood swings along with unexplained crying may occur. Emotions are volatile, mood swings get stronger.

Belly

The belly gradually starts getting bigger but it is still too early to start showing.

Breasts

The breasts become fuller during pregnancy week 9. Breast tenderness may occur as well

Uterus

Uterus is about the size of a small melon about double the size compared to when the mother conceived.

Ultrasound during Pregnancy Week 9

The ultrasound may show small movements of the baby. Beating heart is also visible. The woman still does not feel the fetus moving. It is possible to hear heartbeat of the baby on a Doppler device.

If ultrasound shows empty gestational sac, it may be due to ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. It may also occur if a woman thinks her pregnancy is further along than it actually is.

When to consult doctor?

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding or passing blood clots
  • Extreme nausea and vomiting
  • Vaginal discharge which is foul smelling, clear, yellowish or brown
  • High fever with severe joint pain and skin rash
  • Severe headache
  • One sided leg swelling
  • Severe persistent pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Sudden visual problems
  • Burning sensation and pain while urinating

Tips and Recommendations for Pregnancy Week 9

  • Chicken soup and decaffeinated tea may help reduce nasal congestion
  • Brushing teeth a few times during the day and mint mouthwash may help reduce excessive salivation
  • Small, frequent meals may help reduce heartburn, food aversions and flatulence. Avoid lying down immediately after consuming fatty or spicy foods.
  • Pregnancy support bras may be helpful for breast changes.
  • Taking enough rest is helpful for insomnia. Avoid using computer before going to bed.
  • Follow a healthy diet with food rich in calcium, folic acid and vitamins. Take multivitamins and folic acid supplements daily.
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular light exercise
  • Wear loose comfortable clothes
  • Be positive

Further Reading

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