Is it the ninth week already? Whoosh! We’re as amazed as you are. The 9th week of pregnancy has its own features which are very different from the other weeks. A lot is going to happen in this week so keep your chin up.
What does nine-week pregnancy mean?
Counting from the day your baby was conceived, it is nine weeks old now. This means you have entered the last month of the first trimester. These weeks are the most important weeks of pregnancy. All of the organs and systems of your baby are going to be formed in this month. Nine-week baby development is very crucial as well.
Considering the ninth week as the first week of the third month, your baby is now a very tiny human being. It has legs, arms, head, brain, and most importantly, a beating heart. So it is not wrong if we call your baby a micro-human.
How big is your baby in the ninth week?
If we compare your child to any item present inside your fridge right now, it will be equal to a small ladyfinger. We know that sounds weird but that’s how it is. The exact size of your baby ranges somewhere between 0.6 to 0.8 inches. Yes! That’s how little your baby is.
This might bring lots of questions in your mind such as, how come the nine-week baby development is so important yet the size of the baby in the 9th week of pregnancy is so tiny?
Your questions are valid but in the starting months, it is the formation of organs that matters. Their growth and increase in size occur later.
Here’s what your baby is doing inside your belly
Nine-week baby development is occurring day and night. There are many new changes that will begin to happen in this week. From internal organs like its belly to its glands, from its toes to its fingers, lots of developments are happening. The 9th week of pregnancy involves the following:
Development of internal organs
Most of the internal organs form in this week. Nine-week baby development is not as simple and easy as it sounds. There are many reactions and interactions happening inside your baby’s body. The belly and other organs helping in digestion and organs that decide whether your baby will be a boy or a girl are formed. This is the main highlight of nine-week baby development
Development of toes and fingers
In the 9th week of pregnancy, the fingers and toes of your baby also develop. It is after 2 weeks the formation of arms and legs that the fingers and toes develop. Now you can see those cute fingers through ultrasound as well.
Period of rapid growth
The 9th week of pregnancy is the period of rapid growth. The head of your baby is bigger relative to its body. A tine nose and eyelids also begin to appear. So much is happening right now and let’s just say that Mr. Tiny is very busy in the 9th week of pregnancy.
The most frequently asked question is “can you feel your baby move at 9 weeks?” considering the fact that your baby has already formed its legs and arms, it should move. But your baby is so small right now that you cannot feel those movements.
These movements become more prominent by the second trimester but in the 9th week of pregnancy, you barely feel them.
Ninth week- the perfect time to have an ultrasound!
In the 9th week of pregnancy, you must have an ultrasound. It is the first time when you can finally see your baby with its arms, feet and even fingers. If you have a very high-quality ultrasound, you might even get to know about the gender of your baby. We know it’s a long shot but its worth a try, isn’t it?
Upon viewing the ninth week ultrasound, you’ll appreciate the baby movements, a beating heart, movements of fingers and your baby’s big head.
Changes your body will feel in week nine
The 9th week of pregnancy can be stressful for you. But hey! Have we ever left you alone? We know you have a lot of questions in your head right now. Just keep reading.
This is the week where your weight will actually begin to rise. Your baby bump is going to show now and we hope that you’ve already shared this good news with your friends. The 9 week baby bump certainly shows.
We’re not talking about melon sized tummies here but get ready for some maternity shopping girls.
Hunger, hunger, and hunger
Your baby’s, as well as your own nutritional requirements, are going to be increased. This is the week where your tummy would just not fill up. You will feel the desire to eat all the time. And it’s healthy too. Your baby is growing very fast and is sucking up most of the nutrients from your body. So you must eat as much as you can.
Are you feeling moody and needy lately? This is totally normal in the 9th week of pregnancy. This is just a rush of hormones and nothing else. It is healthy for you to stay natural and let everything out instead of keeping it inside and sulking in silence.
For a detail on mood swings during pregnancy also read: Everything you need to know about mood swings during pregnancy
Pressure on belly
Your baby has increased in size much more as compared to when it was conceived. It is the ninth week of pregnancy when the size increases to put significant pressure on your belly. You will begin to pee more and will feel pain in your lower back but that’s completely normal.
Must have discussions with your partner
9 week gestation is not an easy thing. You begin to think about many new aspects of your life. It is healthy to have the following conversations with your partner.
Do we have enough money to raise a child?
Money is always a big issue and no matter how much you try, you just cannot turn a deaf ear to it. Its important in the 9th week of pregnancy to have a detailed discussion about money with your spouse and make a plan.
You can also contact insurance companies or banks which have so many options to help you out.
How are we going to manage our routines?
If both of you have jobs or run businesses then its important that you plan out your routine in the 9th week of pregnancy. Once the baby comes, you will barely find the time to have such discussions. So we suggest you divide your time beforehand and plan things out while you can.
Let’s just admit it that being pregnant is very tiring, emotionally. You will have so many mood swings in 24 hours and that can put you in a lot of pressure. Who is your go-to person? Close your eyes right now and think of your spouse. Your partner is your better half. Your emotional health is very important for us and we most certainly want to see you happy.
So there is no shying in discussing your fears with your husbands, right? Just don’t hesitate and speak your heart out.
Must have discussions with your doctor
Following are the must-have discussions with your doctor in the 9th week of pregnancy.
When is my due date?
Your doctor knows your due date already. It is very important that you ask your doctor about your due date and gets ready for it. The delivery of a baby requires a lot of planning and in order to do that, knowing your due date is a must.
What risks does your pregnancy carry in the ninth week of pregnancy?
It is very important to ask this question from your doctor. The 9th week of pregnancy carries a risk of infection because of increased peeing. If your doctor hasn’t told you already then you better find a new doctor. Pregnant women are at 50% higher risks of catching infections. So, beware.
Tips to make your pregnancy easier
The following tips come in very handy during the 9th week of pregnancy.
How to turn your regular clothes into maternity clothes?
We know maternity shopping is another uncalled and unwanted stress. Don’t fret too much over it. We are here with very simple solutions.
- Give your clothes to your local tailor and get them altered to your new size.
- Buy your fabric from an open market and get customized dresses made.
- Use your mom’s or sisters’ maternity clothes.
- Wear your husband’s oversized hoodies.
Some food items that are healthier and tastier than your regular food
You can put following food items in your diet when you get those hunger pangs or food cravings.
- Apple and cheese
- Tortilla with hummus
- Egg muffins
- Homemade French fries
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