When you are 9 weeks pregnant, your waist might not be showing the growth but it has began to increase from the 8th week of pregnancy. “Morning sickness” becomes more intense around this time and you begin to ride in an emotional roller coaster that you have trouble understanding. This will give you more information on what changes to expect in your body and how the baby has developed at this stage.
More changes begin to manifest, including skin breakouts (similar to the ones you experienced as a teenager) and extreme fatigue. The changes in your hormonal levels become evident. The following are the most common changes you begin to observe when you are 9 weeks pregnant.
Extreme fatigue becomes more evident during your 9th week as your body begins to work overtime as a life inside you develops. Your metabolism slows down as hormones increase which cause a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure; causing “pregnancy fatigue”. Make sure that you get enough rest and sleep.
• Increased frequency in urination
You begin to experience sleep interruption in the middle of the night because of your need to pee.
• Increased sensitivity and tenderness of the breasts
Your breasts grow bigger and become more sensitive because of the increased blood flood as they prepare for lactation. It can make you feel uncomfortable while you sleep. Try wearing cotton bra to help minimize the feeling of discomfort and make sure that your bra fits perfectly well. You might need to purchase new undergarments as your body begins to grow and you need comfortable clothes and undergarments.
As the baby begins to grow, you begin to feel heavy and it contributes to heartburn. You can counter this symptom by chewing on sugarless gum. It increases saliva which helps neutralize the acidity of the stomach.
Flatulence continues during your 9th week. You might want to eat smaller meals instead of eating the usual three regular meals a day. This practice will aid the digestive system as it begins to slow down during pregnancy which can cause indigestion and increased gassiness.
Flatulence is often accompanied by a feeling of being bloated. The trick is to eat healthier food and drink plenty of water.
The decrease in the function of your digestive system results in constipation and indigestion. Aside from increasing you water intake, you have to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Increased sensitivity to smell
Your sensitivity to smell continues from the 8th week pregnancy. Keep windows open, if possible. You might have to stop preparing and cooking meals for the time being. Identify the smells that make you uncomfortable.
• Extreme mood swings
The hormonal changes cause your moods to change in extreme fashion. You become elated and terrified at the same time. Moods spike randomly. You may feel extreme happiness one minute and become extremely sad in another. It is expected and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
Changes in Your Baby
When you are 9 weeks pregnant, your baby grows out of the embryonic stage and reaches the fetal stage. The baby is about one inch long and weighs around 3 grams. The body begins to form: the head, legs, and arms become more distinct. The head appears more prominent in the ultrasound images.
During the 9th week, the baby begins grow and put on some more weight. The organs begin to develop. The bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas, and anus begin to develop. The intestines begin to grow. The muscles begin to form and begin to function on their own.
The reproductive system also starts developing around this time.
The skeleton begins to harden. Ossification process begins (hardening of the bones) and cartilages begin to form.
Toes and fingers appear more distinct, so are the knees and elbows. Hair follicles begin to appear.
As the baby’s muscles develop, you will feel the movements little by little.
Important Pregnancy Tips
During this time, you still have bouts with nausea and vomiting, which can be very uncomfortable as they occur more frequently. You begin to gain weight because of the increase in your appetite and food cravings.
It is best to take smaller meals a day and avoid the larger, full meals. This is to help curb nausea and vomiting, as well as prevent the issue of indigestion and constipation.
Fatigue is one of the main issues during this stage as your baby begins to grow inside you and the hormonal changes become more intense. Fatigue can be caused by trouble sleeping and changes in your hormones. Counter fatigue by making sure that you get your well-needed rest each day. Make sure that you get enough sleep and rest to keep you energized all day, especially if you opt to go to work during this stage of the pregnancy.
Consult your doctor when you experience heartburns and gastrointestinal issues.
You might also experience difficulty lying on your back; you can ease the discomfort by propping a pillow around the thigh area.
As the baby grows inside, your body begins to grow, too. It is important to purchase more comfortable clothes. Choose cotton and other soft and comfortable fabrics. You don’t want to feel discomfort as you go through your 9th week of pregnancy.
Pregnancy may also lead to problems in the mouth, like tooth decay and gum diseases. Make sure that you maintain proper hygiene.
Varicose veins might begin to develop and would usually fade away after giving birth.
When you are 9 weeks pregnant, you might experience a decrease in your sex drive. However, your sexual desires might get revived when you enter your second trimester.
You might also begin to stress out during this period. You might feel pressure and stress at work or at home. You should make sure that you get enough exercise and rest to ease the symptoms.
You can still continue to do physical activities but make sure that you have your doctor’s blessings to perform them.
It is important that an expectant mother is aware of the changes that accompany pregnancy so that she and her family will know how to handle the situation.