Congratulation! You are now in 9 weeks pregnant. At that time, you probably start thinking about how your life will change when your angel is about the size of a grape. Is it lovely? Around the week nine of pregnancy, you should consider about the ways how you and your spouse may budget so that both may save much money when the baby comes to your life. Furthermore, don’t forget to check out your company’s handbook with the aim of seeing how maternity leave is really handled. At the end, once breaking news to your leader, you find yourself prepared to discuss your real expectations as well as begin making a potential maternity leave plan.
Of course, it’s still not clear to everyone that you are pregnant yet. However, you might get thick around the middle. It is time to say goodbye to fitting trousers and skirts. And you may find yourself really limited to what fits you. Don’t forget to tell your close friends and family members about such special news at 9 weeks pregnant. They will be surely very happy for the appearance of the little angel. A lot of couples choose to wait until after the first trimester has passed as this is time when the risk of miscarriage is reduced.
9 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
During 9 weeks pregnant development, it is easy to realize that your waist-bands seem to be a bit uncomfortable, even though you try to stretch their sizes to the maximum. Are you still having waves of nausea and vomiting at certain times of the day? It is time to consider about stretchy and breathable fabric outfits whenever possible. To be sure, legging and longer tops are your best friend at that time! In addition, you also find your bras getting a bit tight. The reason is that your breasts are now increasing in size. While there is no need to prepare a maternity bra right now, it can be a nice idea to get measured for some comfortable and well-fitting bras so as to see you through this transitional stage.
Interestingly, your veins are more clearly to see, especially across both your legs and breasts. If your legs can ache while standing for a while, don’t hesitate to sit down more. What else? Your vaginal discharge has also increased by now. This is quite normal. Unless it is totally offensive smelling or even becomes irritating and yellow, don’t feel worried too much. Using panty liners can be really helpful.
Sometimes, mamas-to-be also feel lower abdominal pains and occasional cramps. There is no need to be concerned as this is also quite normal. How about your nipples throughout 9 weeks of pregnancy? They might have become darker and grown larger. Moreover, there are also small pimples around your areola. Their appearance will help to prepare your nipples for breastfeeding. It is unnecessary to squeeze or even try to get rid of them as they have their own purpose.
At 9 weeks pregnant, you may have a chance to revisit your adolescence with an outbreak of pimples. In general, pregnancy hormones are also responsible for such spots. To be sure, be careful what you put on them. That’s because some creams are not highly recommended for use in pregnancy.
9 weeks pregnant is when you may feel a bit down. The presence of tiredness and morning sickness is still hanging around. But, the bad news is that there is not much you can do to relieve these signs. The truth is that most expectant mothers start feeling a lot better by the end of their first trimester.
During this period, you might realize that your spouse isn’t as “into” the pregnancy as you are. It’s likely that his current experience of your pregnancy is by hearing your stories about your symptoms, rather than being able to see much. But, be calm down, please! Don’t interpret his lack of enthusiasm as just being uninterested. In fact, the reality of your pregnancy can still be too early him to recognize the happiness.
A few moms-to-be might feel a sense of guilt that they don’t overcome maternal love around this time. Some of them feel worried that their unborn angles can “pick up” on their negative feelings and then consider it as the most unwilling sign of welcome. There is no need to feeling this way. Your baby does not even have the cognitive ability to grasp how you are feeling.
The best way to remove the tiredness is to aim for a simple life as well as learn to say “NO” to something you don’t have the energy for.
9 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
Common symptoms you might experience do far are likely to continue and even intensify during this stage. Such symptoms include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Frequent urination
- Fatigue and dizziness
- Tender and larger breasts
- Heartburn or constipation
- Irritability or unexpected emotions
- Increased hunger
- Food aversions or cravings
9 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 9 weeks pregnant is now has a size of a green olive. He/she still grows days by days. An ante-natal appointment with your obstetrician allow you to hear the little one’s heart beat with a Doppler. While the tissues are ready, this is called a special time that surely brings the reality of your pregnancy to home. At the beginning of week 9, his/her eyes have likely to grow bigger and even have some pigment inside. In general, most of the babies are born with brown or blue eyes. His/her permanent eye color tends to be obvious between 6 to 9 months. Such color is strongly influenced by the genetics he/she inherits from you and your partner.
How about your baby’s ears? These are slowly forming, both inside and out. The tiniest of tongues are now forming inside their mouth while their tooth buds are also forming in his/her jaw. Plus, major organs continue developing, like his/her arms and elbows. Tiny toes are also developing. Excitingly, your baby becomes more active, though it is too soon for you to feel his/her motion.
What should you do?
At 9 weeks pregnant, it can be hard to eat something because of morning sickness. But, try best to consume protein- and carbohydrate-rich foods or healthy snacks when you feel hungry. To stay hydrated, don’t forget to drink plenty of water, especially if you experience morning sickness with vomiting. Avoid smoking as this habit may cause an increased risk of placenta problems, miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth, cleft lip or palate, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), etc.
One of the best things you may do for your angel during this stage of pregnancy is to eat a safe and balanced diet. The following tips below can help:
- Stay away from undercooked meat, fish, and eggs.
- Consume no more than 2 – 3 servings of fish every week. Say No to swordfish, tilefish, mackerel or shark.
- Try to wash all fruits and vegetables before using.
- Always keep dishes and cutting boards clean.
- Every day, eat 4 servings of dairy. Stay clear of unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses and milk products.
- Take about a 1,000-mcg folic acid supplement daily.
- Don’t forget to take a prenatal vitamin with DHA and EPA which is recommended by your doctor.