9 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
9 WEEKS PREGNANT
Welcome to week nine of your pregnancy! You’re two months pregnant and starting your third month.
By now, the fact that you have a tiny human growing inside you has become more real to you because you can feel the changes it’s having on your body, and you might be able to even see the changes – Do you have a little hint of a belly bump? Are your pants a bit tighter than they were a week or so ago? Perhaps you’ve had to buy a new bra or two in a bigger size.
All those changes mean your baby is thriving and growing at a rapid pace! In fact, at nine weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a cherry! Your little one measures about 0.9 inches long this week and weighs around 0.07 ounces. That’s quite a difference since last week!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 9
In the ninth week of pregnancy, your pregnancy symptoms are ramping up and you might feel the worst you’ve felt so far. Hang in there! You won’t feel like death warmed over forever. Give it another couple of weeks. By then, your hormones will level out and your symptoms will improve.
Here’s a rundown of the pregnancy symptoms you may be experiencing at nine weeks pregnant:
- Headaches. Headaches are a common symptom of pregnancy thanks to the rush of hormones circulating through your body. Headaches can also be attributed to lack of sleep, hunger, stress, caffeine withdrawal, and dehydration. They can be a pain (quite literally, huh?) to deal with, but you can try to ward off the headaches as much as possible by making sure you’re taking care of yourself – get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat small meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Fatigue. You might feel (and look) as if you’re a zombie. Feeling exhausted and zapped of energy during pregnancy is normal, but it’s not much fun, is it? Don’t worry. It won’t be long before your energy returns, and you can once again function (almost) normally.
- Frequent urination. No matter how much or little you drink, you pee every 10 minutes. It’s just another one of the joys of being pregnant. Since you go pee so often anyway, make sure you’re drinking lots of water, so you don’t get dehydrated.
- Nasal congestion. Not only does pregnancy kick your hormones into overdrive, but it seems it does the same to your body’s mucus production. Helpful tip: buy the tissues with lotion.
- Moodiness. You’re going to feel like you have multiple personalities for some time still, so try to get used to it. Having emotions that change every 0.6 seconds is typical for this stage in pregnancy.
- Morning sickness. Saved the best pregnancy symptom for last. Don’t you love feeling nauseous and throwing up every day? Yeah. Didn’t think so. Well, here’s some good news for you then: In the ninth week of pregnancy, you’re getting closer to kissing the worst of the morning sickness goodbye. Good riddance, right?
9 WEEK BABY BUMP
If you’ve been waiting anxiously for a hint of a baby bump, this might be the week it happens. Whether or not the bump is visible at nine weeks will vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Even if it’s not quite visible yet, you may notice your pants are tighter and your belly may be firmer to the touch.
Weight gain is normal at nine weeks pregnant, but if you’ve had bouts of bad morning sickness, you may not have gained much weight at this point. In fact, some women even lose weight due to not being able to eat much and/or not keeping down what they’ve eaten. It’s okay. If you have any concerns about your weight gain or lack thereof, bring up those concerns with your OB.
9 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
If this is the week you have your first OB appointment, you may also have an ultrasound. Many doctors use early ultrasounds to more accurately date your pregnancy. They use the measurements and estimated weight of the baby, in addition to how developed the baby is to determine a due date that may differ slightly from the date based on your last menstrual period.
In week nine, the baby’s facial features are becoming more prominent and the fingers and toes are now visible. The baby’s internal organs are continuing to develop, and the heartbeat can be picked up by a fetal doppler, so you’ll be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat. How exciting!
While every pregnant woman worries about the possibility of miscarriage, the good news is that once the baby’s heartbeat can be heard, the risk of miscarriage drops to just 3%. And as each week of pregnancy passes by, the risk drops even lower.
At your first OB appointment, aside from having an ultrasound, you can expect to be weighed, have blood work done to test for your blood type, Rh factor, red and white blood cell counts, and various diseases and immunities. You’ll also pee in a cup so your urine can be tested for protein and hormone levels. And you’ll also have the dreaded pap smear to check for abnormalities, STDs, and other more minor infections.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 9 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At nine weeks pregnant, you should be preparing for the rest of your pregnancy in addition to taking care of yourself and your unborn baby.
Here’s a quick checklist of things you should be doing at nine weeks pregnant:
- Shop for maternity clothes. Since your pants are getting snug, now might be the time to purchase a couple pairs of maternity pants – or at least some pants with some stretchy give to them.
- Find out what your insurance covers. Prenatal care is expensive, so you might want to find out exactly what tests, procedures, and office visits your insurance covers so you can be prepared for anything you might have to pay out of pocket.
- Ask your OB about screenings and tests. There are many different screenings and tests doctors do to determine the health of the baby. Some of these tests and screenings are optional but need to be performed between nine and 13 weeks gestation. Discuss these with your OB so you can make an informed decision on whether to have the tests done or not.
- Sam C's Editorial Team