Congratulations! At 9 weeks pregnant, you’ve just started your third month of pregnancy. This is the time to get serious and start making plans for your baby. You need to start seriously thinking about setting aside some cash in preparation for the birth of your baby. What does your company say about maternity leave? Do you get maternity leave with full pay or half pay? This is the time to scrutinize your company’s rule book and know what to expect when you finally break the news to your boss.
The first 2 months have been epic and you’ve loved every step of the journey (except the nasty symptoms). You now feel pregnant, act pregnant, and sure as hell revel in your pregnancy. You most probably announced your pregnancy at week 8. If not, now is the time to let the cat out of the bag.
Your Baby at 9 Weeks
How big is your baby at week 9? At week 8, your baby was about the size of a raspberry. Now that you are at 9 weeks, your baby is about the size of a cherry. It weighs about 0.07 ounces, measures about 0.9 inches, and is growing at supersonic speed! At 9 weeks, your baby’s head has straightened up and looks more human-like. All the baby’s essential organs such as the kidney, brain, heart, lungs, the genitals, and liver have begun growing in earnest. What’s more? The toes, fingers, and ears can now be visibly seen through an ultrasound.
Thanks to the recent muscle developments at week 8, you may notice some slight movements on the ultrasound something which will have you beaming with excitement. However, you will have to wait a little longer before you can actually start feeling the movements yourself. It’s not until you are in your second trimester that you will actually get to feel the movements in your belly.
How Many Months Is 9 Weeks Pregnant?
9 weeks marks the onset of the third month of pregnancy as well as the last month in the first trimester. You only remain with 31 more weeks (approximately 6months and 3 weeks) before giving birth.
9 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
Chances are that you scheduled your first prenatal visit at week 7 or week 8. If you haven’t, now is the time to schedule that very important appointment with your doctor. A 9 weeks pregnant ultrasound marks new milestone in your pregnancy’s journey. At this point, your baby is no longer an embryo but rather a fetus. In case you didn’t know, these two terms refer to different developmental phases.
The embryo phase is where your baby is forming major organs such as the heart, brain, liver, lungs, and genitals just to mention but a few. The fetus stage is where all these important organs are fully formed and steadily growing and developing. A 9 weeks pregnant ultrasound will pick the baby’s heartbeat, pick baby’s movements, and most importantly, give you peace of mind in the knowledge that the risk of having a miscarriage is highly lowered. In fact, the risks will even be lower as your pregnancy progresses.
9 Weeks Pregnant Prenatal Tests
- Urine tests to determine whether the hormone and protein levels are okay
- Pap smear to determine if there are any abnormalities
- Rhesus factor tests
- Blood type tests
9 weeks pregnant symptoms
At 9 weeks, the pregnancy symptoms are full swing. You are probably experiencing any of the following symptoms:
You probably have noticed that you are becoming bigger and your clothes are becoming tighter and uncomfortable. Though the 9 weeks pregnant bump is not visible as of now, your waistline has increased in size due to bloating or the fact that your uterus is expanding to accommodate your rapidly growing fetus.
You can swear you hate this aspect of your pregnancy the most. You are not alone. Approximately 80% of pregnant women grapple with morning sickness. This is a situation whereby you find yourself vomiting at different times of the day. The vomiting could be triggered by an unpleasant smell or the kind of food you ate earlier. What’s the remedy? Eat meals in small quantities several times a day as well as drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.
Ever heard the line “I’m eating for two so don’t give me that look?” You may have noticed that now you are getting hungrier and munching on snacks more than usual. When pregnant, you need an additional 300 calories to your daily intake. This however does not mean that you eat everything you come across. Avoid junk food and foods that are rich in fat. Consequently, endeavor to eat fresh fruits, yoghurt, or cereals.
Your spontaneous change in moods is informed by the increased hormonal levels as well as the fact that fatigue and nausea are getting on your nerves. Your moods might flip at a moment’s notice catching those around you off-guard. To manage this, try to avoid the company of negative people around you as well as stressful situations if you are to maintain your sanity.
Fatigue in the 9th week of pregnancy is not uncommon. Your pregnancy hormones are working overtime to facilitate the growth and development of your baby. As such, it’s normal to feel tired and exhausted. How do you manage fatigue? Ensure that you keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating healthy snacks and taking naps in the afternoon.
Again, the hormones are to blame. With the hormones surging, you are bound to experience headaches every now and then. To remedy this, ensure that you have enough rest, drink lots of water, and eat something at least every hour.
Food Cravings or Aversions
Are you craving that steak that you previously couldn’t stand? Do you find yourself constantly craving for ice cream? Does the smell of your body lotion suddenly make you feel like throwing up? Relax, your pregnancy hormones are working overtime and this explains your craving for weird food stuff or the sudden dislike for your once favorite meal or cologne.
Are you 9 weeks pregnant and no symptoms? It might seem like you are the odd one out and your pregnancy a little off. However, this is not the case. You are very normal and belong to a few privileged clique of pregnant women that experience few or no symptoms in their first trimester of pregnancy. Don’t be worried! In fact, you need to be happy that you are not experiencing the nasty pregnancy symptoms.
What to Ask Your Doctor at 9 Weeks Pregnant
Of course, there are many questions probably going through your mind at 9 weeks. Some of the most common questions include:
- Can I feel the movement of my baby at 9 weeks?
- I have unusual vaginal odor. Is this normal during pregnancy?
- What foods can I eat during the first trimester of pregnancy?
- Is moderate consumption of alcohol dangerous to my pregnancy?
- When is the right time to go for an ultrasound?
9 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Scrutinize what your health insurance covers or make arrangements to get one if you don’t already have one
- Estimate how much it will cost you for prenatal and delivery
- Shop for maternity dress and bra
You’ve just started the third month of your pregnancy. Each passing day is one more day closer to your delivery day. Eat well, exercise right, keep a journal, and document your pregnancy journey with photos, get a healthcare provider to answer all your questions, avoid harmful substances such as toxic drugs, and read as much as you can on what to expect in the coming weeks. Week 10 is fast approaching!