Congratulations! You are one week closer to holding your bundle of joy. Here is a list of things to think about this week.
Pregnancy Week 9: What changes are occurring with your body?
You still may not physically appear pregnant to other people, but you definitely are beginning to notice several changes. It may be that you are experiencing mood swings, and/or you may notice an increase in heartburn and feeling more bloated. These are common complaints of pregnancy.
Preventing heartburn is the best way to deal with it! You can avoid heartburn by eating smaller meals throughout the day versus eating three larger meals at typical mealtimes. You can also prevent heartburn by avoiding lying down after meals and avoiding spicy or greasy foods.
Pregnancy Week 9: What is happening with your baby?
While your baby is still extremely small, he/she is now ready for rapid weight gain. The baby is beginning to look more like a little person since the embryonic tail is completely gone by week 9. The eyelids are fully formed, have fused shut, and will open again during week 28.
All the baby’s joints such as the knees, elbows, shoulders, ankles, and wrists are working and allowing the baby to move about freely within the amniotic sac. Your baby’s heart began beating around day 24, but now his/her heart has divided into four chambers, and the valves are beginning to develop. Your baby can also make a fist, and he/she may begin sucking his/her thumb.*
Pregnancy Week 9: How big is your baby?
Your baby is about the size of a grape, measuring a little over 1 ½ inches (1.67) from its head to its rump, and weighs a fraction of an ounce.*
Pregnancy Week 9: What should you plan for this week?
If you are over the age of 35 or have a family history of a genetic illness, such as cystic fibrosis, then you may want to consider seeing a genetic counselor. Talk with your health care provider about obtaining a referral or the need to perform prenatal tests such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS). This test may be performed between 9 and 12 weeks and detects chromosomal abnormalities (i.e., Down Syndrome) and genetic disorders (i.e, cystic fibrosis) with high levels of accuracy (98-99%). Although the probabilities of identification are high, this test does not measure the severity of these disorders.
Pregnancy Week 9 Tips for making your pregnancy better
If you are experiencing morning sickness at all, take a look at our articles on morning sickness to learn how to manage it better.
At this point in your pregnancy you may begin to feel more fatigued. This may be caused by the hormonal changes, trouble sleeping at night, or from your battle with morning sickness.
Not sleeping well at night may be caused from not being able to find a comfortable position or from frequent trips to the bathroom. If you are having difficulty resting, you might want to consider changing your sleeping positions.
Pregnancy Week 9: Tips for mom’s partner
Attempt to create a tranquil, quiet, relaxed environment in your bedroom. This can be achieved by moving the office out of the bedroom and into another room in the house. You can also replace brighter bulbs with dimmer bulbs, or if you are really handy put in a dimmer