Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Understanding Week 9

The ninth week of pregnancy is all about you experiencing more symptoms and the baby getting bigger. Here’s how you feel:

Your Baby

The baby is getting bigger each week. Now it is an inch long; about the size of a grape. From a little alien, the baby starts looking more human now. The heart has divided into four chambers now and the valves start to form. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are present but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. The eyes are fully formed with eyelids fused shut. The teeny weeny earlobes, mouth, little nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is now capable of producing hormones.

Your Body

At week nine, you feel like pregnant but still look normal. The outward appearance is not that of a pregnant lady. Only a slight bulge in your lower abdomen has begun to show up. You would also notice a couple of pounds around your waistline. The body will experience hormonal changes and makes you feel more exhausted than in the earlier weeks. This is also the time of experiencing emotional ups and downs.

Pregnancy Week 9 – Symptoms

You will experience many symptoms this week to make you feel tired, exhausted and nauseated. Frequent urination, fatigue, tenderness in breast, excessive saliva, heartburn and indigestion are some of the most common signs of being in the night week of pregnancy. Flatulence, bloating, constipation, and enhanced sense of smell are some other signs of pregnancy you would notice during this week.

Activities

You should no shop for new lingerie! From now onwards, your body and breasts are going only to increase in size. So it is a good idea to buy a bra that is comfortable and takes into account your growing size.

Supplements for Week 9

You need to take folic acid, iron and calcium supplements religiously. DHA, an omega -3 long chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid supplement is good for your baby’s growth.

Common Tests for Week 9

It is crucial that you start screening for abnormalities during the first Trimester. Specific tests will help to know if you are carrying a baby with Down syndrome. The doctor will recommend blood test to detect the levels of hemoglobin. Blood tests can also help know about your blood group and presence of other viruses in your blood such as hepatitis B and HIV virus. Women will also go through ultrasonography to keep a track on progress of growing Fetus.

Do’s and Don’ts

Avoid soft or mold-ripened varieties of cheese such as Camembert, Brie, and Stilton as they contain listeria, a bacterium that can cause a rare but serious infection in pregnant women known as listeriosis. Cream and cottage cheeses are the best option. Avoid hot dogs and deli meats as they might contain listeria.

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