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9 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

No more tail. Your baby, now known as a foetus, is looking less and less like a pink blob now that the tail has disappeared. With the trunk straightened and elongated, your little one is about 2.5 cm long this week.

Growth spurt. This stage is a critical period for arm and leg development. The legs have lengthened and the buds that will eventually become the toes have started to sprout. Meanwhile, the arms have grown longer and have begun to bend at the elbow. A basic hand structure is forming too, with the fingers and a thumb. Your baby’s liver, gallbladder, spleen and adrenal gland are working hard to develop.

On the go. Nine weeks marks the beginning of the dance period! Your little one has started moving vigorously, even in response to stimuli from outside of your body. Try to be patient: You’ll have to wait until the second trimester to actually feel these movements.

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9 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Make way for milk. Your breasts are probably fuller, heavier and tender to the touch. Although they’ll continue to grow throughout your pregnancy, the sensitivity should subside by the end of your fourth month. You may also start to see small white bumps on your areolas (the dark-coloured part of your nipple). These glands, called Montgomery's tubercles, will produce oils to keep your nipples moist during breastfeeding.

Swim at the pool. Many experts consider swimming to be the best exercise for pregnant women, as it’s gentle on your joints. The hormone relaxing that’s now running through your body makes your joints loose so that your pelvis can expand during birth. While this will help during your delivery, make sure to avoid any exercises that could put too much strain on your joints in the meantime. Know more about exercising during pregnancy.

Did you know? You won’t feel it yet, but the baby has started to move! Your baby’s arms have grown longer and have begun to bend at the elbow. His or her legs have also sprouted buds that will become toes.

Ultrasound At 9th Week Of Pregnancy

While you go for a 9 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you would be able to hear your baby's heartbeat more clearly than the last time. Your baby's heart has grown large enough and its beat would be audible with a Doppler which is a handheld ultrasound device to listen to the soft lub-dub of the heart. During the 9 weeks pregnant ultrasound, your baby has reached a milestone and is no longer an embryo. It has turned into a fetus.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. 9 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?

When you are 9 weeks pregnant, you are 2 months pregnant and you enter the 3rd month of the pregnancy. The gestational age of your fetus at 9 weeks is 7 weeks and its now 6 months more to go.

2. Do you show at 9 weeks pregnant?

At this stage, your uterus is expanding rapidly to make room for the growing fetus and you might feel your lower abdomen to be a little firmer. You might have gained some weight now. However, whether you show at 9 weeks pregnant or not depends on your body built. Most women start showing between 12 weeks to 16 weeks of pregnancy. But it varies with every pregnancy.

9 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

  • With your 9 weeks pregnant belly you might struggle to button up your jeans. You can look for loose fitting clothes or maternity pants. Alternatively, you can also look for a belly band or loop the elastic band in your jeans buttonhole to put off those maternity clothes for a few more days.

  • You and your fetus at 9 weeks need lots of nutrients and nourishment to have healthy growth. Increase the intake of calcium and iron during pregnancy by eating cheeses, broccoli, etc.

  • To support your heavier and fuller breasts invest in a good maternity bra to relieve the soreness of your breasts.

  • Dehydration is not good for your 9 weeks pregnant baby development. Ensure that you drink lots of water and fluids. Eat fruits, vegetables and high fiber food to combat constipation and bloating

  • You might not want to eat anything due to your morning sickness. However, don’t skip meals. Instead, divide your meals into several small meals and eat protein and carbohydrates rich food.

  • Take care of your posture, and avoid jerks to your body. Also, take adequate rest, avoid standing for long and keep yourself active through light exercises.

  • Find out what your health insurance covers, or how to get care if you don't have insurance

  • Choose a safe exercise you can stick with for the rest of your pregnancy, like walking or yoga

  • Be prepared for your breasts to feel fuller, heavier, and tender

  • Get week-by-week expert tips on pregnancy to keep track of your baby’s development & to ensure well-being of both you & your baby during entire nine months journey!