By 9 weeks pregnant, you are already painfully aware of the changes that your body is going through.
All of your pregnancy symptoms will be part of your daily grind at this point, and you may be feeling a bit down in the dumps about it. But don’t worry, pregnancy week 9 brings exciting new developments in your little one, and it may be the time when you end up seeing his face for the very first time. Hang in there!
9 weeks pregnant: He almost got everything he needs
During week 9 pregnancy, your baby will typically be about an inch long, or the size of a large grape. He’s growing so fast! Why, he was just the size of a raspberry last week! He’s got all the framework laid down—bones, skin, brain, heart, facial features, and other internal organs, but they aren’t all fully formed yet. During the next week, the valves of the heart and the teeth will appear. What's more, most of the placenta is already in place, which is already making your job a lot easier by producing hormones and nutrients that your little guy needs to keep growing.
9 weeks pregnant: You can do this!
You’ve been dealing with unpleasant pregnancy symptoms for over two months now, and it won’t get any better at 9 weeks pregnant. But the good news is that it won’t get much worse, either. You will still have the typical morning sickness and frequent urination that have been bothering you. Your breasts will continue to feel sensitive and keep growing throughout the pregnancy, and your pants will get tighter and tighter as your womb fills up and expands with amniotic fluid—it’s not quite a baby bump yet, but there is noticeable swelling.
One potentially new side effect that is characteristic of pregnancy week 9 is heartburn. If you haven’t felt it before now, be prepared with antacids! Most kinds are safe for the baby (but check with your doctor first!), and many of them are actually a source of calcium, which is good for you while pregnant. Avoiding fried foods or foods with lots of grease will also be helpful to prevent it.
You should know that most of the exhaustion and moodiness that you’ve been feeling will be at their peak now, then calm down a bit when you enter the second trimester. Relief is coming!
9 weeks pregnant: More tests and doctors visits
As discussed in our article about being 8 weeks pregnant, now is the time to make your booking appointment with the doctor or midwife who you have chosen to work with you during these very important months. Being 9 weeks pregnant, you already know the pregnancy basics and have eliminated things that could harm your baby from your daily life (such as alcohol, tobacco, sushi, certain medications, excess caffeine, etc.) You will have many antenatal appointments throughout your pregnancy, but this first one will help lay the groundwork for you and your doctors to watch your baby grow.
The booking appointment or first midwife appointment can take place any time between 8 weeks pregnant and 12 weeks pregnant, but it is best to try to have your first ultrasound before 10 weeks pregnant. The sooner you can learn about any developmental problems, defects, or potential high risks, the better. If you are over age 35 or have any medical conditions that run in the family, you and your doctor will want to have a conversation about this so you can determine whether Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) or Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) are right for you. Also, your first ultrasound will provide you with your first glimpse of your growing baby!
During pregnancy week 9, it will also be possible for your doctor to use Doppler technology to listen to your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, something which has been impossible until this point because the beats weren’t strong enough. Get ready to hear your little one for the first time!
Many women struggle with deciding when is the appropriate time to tell their employers that they are expecting. Though there are many factors to consider, 9 weeks pregnant is a reasonable time to start thinking about it. You will probably start showing a baby bump in a few weeks, and it might be good for you to plan how to break the news before someone notices. Two very important factors will be: how the pregnancy is affecting your health, or the severity of your symptoms; and how supportive your workplace environment will probably be about the news.
Though pregnant women do have rights that need to be respected by their employers, unfortunately, there can sometimes be negative backlash. However, in more supportive workplace environments, there could be benefits or services that can help you along the way. In deciding when to tell your employers about your pregnancy, scope out the environment, talk it over with your partner, and maybe try seeking advice from a colleague who has been in your situation.
At 9 weeks pregnant, you might be experiencing a low point in this process. It’s a time when exhaustion is high, mood swings are common, and there is still a long way to go. But it’s also the time when your little one is getting ready to leave his embryonic stage and move onto his foetal stage—every day he is more and more like a complete human being. Remember this, or think of his tiny face or his beautiful heartbeat, if you are really suffering from the pregnancy symptoms.