9 WEEKS PREGNANT

8 weeks pregnant

It’s perfectly normal to feel extremely exhausted at 9 weeks pregnant . Your body is doing a lot of work to develop the placenta. It’s nothing to worry about because Pregnancy has increased your metabolism and hormones which lowers your blood sugar and blood pressure.

YOUR GROWING BABY

Your baby is around the size of a cherry. At 9 weeks, eyelids, nipples and hair follicles are forming. The Embryo can hiccup now. Your baby’s fingers and toes are no longer webbed and its hands develop bones. Your baby hands have begun to touch its face. The legs of your baby are starting to move, the length of your growing baby is about ¾ inches, and weight is about 0.7 ounces.

9 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS

At 9 weeks, 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. Keep pushing! In a few weeks, those hormones will be leveling out a bit, leaving you feeling a lot more like yourself. Here’s what you may be experiencing at 9 weeks below:

Fatigue. While your hormones are working overtime to grow and develop your baby, you might feel really tired. Sleep more, if you can, and keep your blood sugar stable by snacking healthily throughout the day. In the second trimester, you’ll get back some of your energy.

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 naps, see a movie or meditate.

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.

Nasal congestion. Surprise! Pregnancy can cause higher mucus production in the body. If you experience this, you might need to keep tissues handy.

Headaches. Headaches can be as a result of hormones, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, hunger, lack of sleep, and stress. Deal with it 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 you can rest. Before you take any medication, check in with your doctor.

9 WEEKS PREGNANT BELLY

Many moms-to-be find themselves struggling to button up their jeans at 9 weeks pregnant. Your uterus is expanding to accommodate your growing fetus. In fact, it has doubled in size! When you touch your 9 weeks pregnant belly, you’ll probably find that your lower abdomen feels a bit firmer—that’s the uterus. You may even be showing a bit at 9 weeks! Your uterus will begin to grow out of your pelvis in coming weeks.

9 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND

Inside your week 9 pregnant belly, baby’s working on that cuteness—developing more distinct facial features. And baby might now have a strong enough heartbeat to be picked up by a fetal doppler. At 9 weeks pregnant, miscarriage risk is on a lot of women’s minds. Rest assured that once you’ve seen or heard a heartbeat, the risk is only 3 percent. In coming weeks, it will lower even more.

PREGNANCY TO-DO LIST AT 9 WEEKS PREGNANT

Eat a Balanced diet
Take walks
Buy a great maternity bra.

See also:

PREGNANCY WEEK 1-2

Pre-eclampsia By Dr Olumide Ofinran

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