9 Weeks Pregnant
— The period to notice significant hormone levels in the body.
When you are 9 weeks pregnant, your body undergoes several changes. From morning sickness, nausea to breakouts evocative of your teenage years to overwhelming fatigue. The only cause for all these changes is hormones.
From pregnancy week 9, the little one inside your body will start to gain weight. The physical shape is already formed and the look of the embryo starts to fade. When you are 9 weeks pregnant, you may be under extreme emotional stress. This week might be a very challenging for you and your little one supporting you throughout the pregnancy.
Still there are many exciting features of pregnancy week 9. Scroll on to read more…
Symptoms experienced by a 9 weeks pregnant woman:
This week is the most crucial period for anxiety and pregnancy mood swings. You may experience the feelings of elation and the feelings of trepidation alternately.
Most women notice themselves crying even for small things. Don’t worry about these things, all these are completely common during pregnancy. All these conditions are the result of rapid hormonal changes. Human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) is present for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and can frequently trigger nausea and vomiting.
Higher progesterone levels may also be a cause of increased fatigue and it can greatly affect your mood during pregnancy. For women who are pregnant for first time may feel little more excited because the belly button pops out slightly by the end of pregnancy week 9.
When you are 9 weeks pregnant, gassiness and bloating may also be most common symptoms. Most women feel uncomfortable with burping and flatulence.
Physical changes that occur in a 9 weeks pregnant woman:
The breast size will increase to a great extent and you feel them fuller and tender. You may also notice that areola on the breast becomes darker. The Montgomery’s glands and sweat glands may become more prominent as well as more numerous.
Women with light complexion may notice their breast veins become more prominent during their pregnancy. When you are 9 weeks pregnant, you may notice the gain in weight of 1-2 lbs per week. Most of the weight gain is due to fluid retention. The overall weight gain in a 9 weeks pregnant woman is characterized as:
- Uterus weight is around 2 lbs
- Placenta weighs about 1.5 pounds
- Breast tissues weigh up to 1.5-2 pounds
- Fluid collected in the body weighs up to 4 pounds
- Blood volume is up to 4 pounds
Though the pregnancy is not very visible during this week, the physical changes that happened in your body make you feel and look unattractive. But some women will gain more glowing and attractive face during their pregnancy. With the progression of pregnancy, it is usual for a pregnant woman to lose her sexual desire.
Fetal changes that occur in a 9 weeks pregnant woman:
At the start of week 9, your baby is approximately 22-30mm (0.9 – 1.2 inches) from crown to rump. During this week, baby’s neck is more recognized and developed that enables turning and lifting of the head.
Eyes are still in the process of development and they are completely covered with eyelids. Baby’s eyes will be closed for the major part of your pregnancy. Irises start their functioning. Though the ears are visible they are not yet completely formed.
The baby looks like a tiny human being. Wrists are almost developed, the ankles are formed and the fingers and toes are clearly visible. The baby’s arms tend to grow longer and start bending at the elbows.
The genitals of the baby start developing. When you are 9 weeks pregnant, the placenta has almost well developed to assist with the production of hormones and balancing their levels. Placenta is also responsible to provide the essential nutrients for your baby as well as to get rid of the waste products.
Development of pancreas, gallbladder and reproductive organs takes place. The development of digestive system continues this week. Intestines will grow in length. Heart valves are almost developed. Upper lip is almost developed and the facial features will become more clear and visible during pregnancy week 9.
Kidneys start its functioning and start to urinate during this week. Embryonic tails will disappear and the baby’s face looks more round.
What care should be taken in a 9 weeks pregnant woman?
- Consuming enough proteins is much important. Increase the consumption of nuts, soy and beans to get more protein levels.
- Drink more fluids and get sufficient levels of vitamin C.
- Getting sufficient sleep and exercise is also much important.
- Measure your body weight every week instead of every day. The weight fluctuates during the day in between 1-5 lbs. So, you may not get the accurate weight.
Ignoring your health can put you at an increased risk of diseases like obesity, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis and several other diseases that trigger viruses during your pregnancy.
Consuming something from the below mentioned foods will help you get sufficient nutrition levels in your pregnancy. They include:
- Dairy products like yogurt and milk to get sufficient levels of calcium
- Proteins like fish, meat, chicken and pulses
- Starchy foods like pasta, whole wheat bread, potatoes and rice
- Plenty of fruits and vegetable to get sufficient levels of vitamins and minerals
You need to completely avoid the consumption of alcohol and cigarette smoking as they can increase the risk of miscarriage, particularly during first trimester.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about exciting things during pregnancy week 10…