At 9 weeks, you and baby have made two big accomplishments: You’ve made it to month three, and baby’s no longer an embryo—now baby’s a fetus. Your waist circumference might be increasing slightly at this point. You might be noticing weight gain; however it’s more likely due to water retention than from the baby’s growth. You’re probably also feeling bloated and may be a bit lethargic. Many women experience severe mood swings at this stage, but this is due to the hormones (especially progesterone) in your system. The pregnancy hormone hCG is circulating through your body at its peak level. That means at 9 weeks, some pregnancy symptoms may be at their most severe. But good news is … you’re just weeks away from those hormones leveling out a bit, leaving you feeling a lot more like yourself. Here’s some common 9 weeks pregnant symptoms you may be experiencing:
- Mood swings Because those hormones just keep raging, and also because other symptoms—such as nausea and fatigue—are bothering you, you may find your emotions more difficult to control. Remember that it’s okay to slow your usual pace, to take breaks (to nap, to meditate, or just to veg out and binge-watch Netflix), and to avoid stressful situations for the sake of your sanity.
- Morning sickness Up to 80 percent of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness. It really should be called all-day sickness though! If you’re suffering from nausea, you might just be feeling a little ill, or you may be vomiting regularly. If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, you may find yourself with more severe morning sickness symptoms. The good and bad news is that at 9 weeks, morning sickness is likely at its worst. Do some trial and error to see what makes you feel better—many moms-to-be find that ginger, frequent meals and snacks, and vitamin B6 help ease nausea. You’re suffering now, but this too shall pass. You can get through this!
- Frequent urination Because your uterus is expanding and because there’s major blood flow to your pelvic area, you may be heading to the bathroom more often than you did pre-pregnancy. Don’t let that stop you from drinking lots of water. It’s important that you stay hydrated. Just put more pit stops onto your mental to-do list.
- Fatigue While your hormones are working overtime to grow and develop your 9-week fetus, you might be feeling totally zapped. Sleep more, if you can, and keep your blood sugar stable by snacking healthily throughout the day. In the second trimester, you’ll get some of your energy back.
- Nasal congestion Surprise! Pregnancy can cause higher mucus production in the body—an unexpected symptom—so you might need to keep tissues handy.
- Headaches Thanks again, hormones! Those surges can give you headaches—and so can dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, hunger, lack of sleep, and stress. Deal by treating your other symptoms, eating at least every few hours, getting plenty of sleep, and drinking lots of water. A warm or cold compress can ease a headache and so can rest. Before you take any medication, clear it with your doctor. Many say acetaminophen (Tylenol) is okay but aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil) aren’t. It will depend on your health history and any other medications you may be taking.
Development of Baby
Baby is the size of a cherry at 9 weeks pregnant. Your 9-week fetus measures around .9 inches (2.3cm) and weighs about .07 ounces (2 grams), and about the size of a grape. His or her essential body parts are almost fully formed.
The process whereby the heart divides into four chambers concludes and valves start to form.
Your baby’s eyes are fully formed, along with teeth, earlobes, the mouth, nose and nostrils. The embryonic ‘tail’ has now completely disappeared.
The placenta is sufficiently developed to take over the critical job of producing hormones.
Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she will start to gain weight rapidly.
This is a great time to start a daily ritual to connect and bond with your baby through breathing, meditating and reflecting.\
The first prenatal appointment typically happens between weeks 8 and 12. So by now, you may have visited the OB .. or you will soon. At that appointment you may even see tiny baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound.