9 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Find out what your health insurance covers, or how to get care if you don’t have insurance
- Choose a safe exercise you can stick with for the rest of your pregnancy, like walking or yoga
- Be prepared for your breasts to feel fuller, heavier, and tender
This week, your little one (now officially known as a fetus) is looking less and less like a little pink blob – especially since the tail has disappeared. With the trunk straightened and elongated, your little one is about an inch long this week.
This stage is a critical period for arm and leg development. The legs have lengthened and the buds that will eventually become the toes have started to sprout. Meanwhile, the arms have gotten longer and have begun to bend at the elbow. A basic hand structure is forming too with the fingers and thumb clearly differentiated. Your little one’s liver, gallbladder, spleen, and adrenal gland are starting to develop.
Now that you’re 9 weeks pregnant, your little one is suddenly on the go. It’s the beginning of the dance period, with vigorous movements occurring spontaneously and in response to stimuli from outside your body, such as light and noise. Try to be patient – you’ll have to wait until the second trimester to actually feel these movements when they happen.
Your Baby’s Development
The tail at the bottom of your baby’s spinal cord has shrunk and almost disappeared by this week. In contrast, your baby’s head has been growing — it’s quite large compared with the rest of the body and it curves onto the chest.
By this week, your baby measures about 0.6 to 0.7 inches (16 to 18 millimeters) from crown to rump and weighs around 0.1 ounces (3 grams). The tip of the nose has developed and can be seen in profile, and flaps of skin over the eyes have begun to shape into eyelids, which will become more noticeable in the next few weeks.
Watch Your Baby GrowThe digestive system continues to develop. The anus is forming, and the intestines are growing longer. Internal reproductive features, such as testes and ovaries, start to form this week.
Your baby may make some first movements this week as muscles develop. If you had an ultrasound now, those movements might even be visible, but you won’t be able to feel them for several more weeks.
In preparation for your first prenatal visit, take the time to familiarize yourself with your family’s health history and to review your medical records. Have you had any chronic illnesses, allergies, or surgeries? Are you taking any prescription medicines? Do you know of any genetic disorders that run in your family? Has your menstrual cycle been regular, and have you had any past pregnancies? What are your exercise habits? These are some of the things your health care provider will want to discuss with you, so it will help to have this information ready when you go.
Pregnancy symptoms at nine weeks
Although feeling tired and suffering from morning sickness are common symptoms during pregnancy, they can make you feel low or moody. So make sure you get as much rest and relaxation as possible.
Headaches are also common during pregnancy, due to the hormones surging through your body. There are certain medicines, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, that you shouldn’t take when you’re expecting. However, there are plenty of natural remedies that can ease your aching head.
What you need to know at nine weeks pregnant
- Staying active can help you to have a healthier pregnancy. But it’s important to choose an exercise that’s safe for you and your growing baby. Low-impact exercises, such as yoga or swimming, are ideal.
- Aim for about 30 minutes of exercise each day and don’t overdo it. You should stop if you find yourself getting too hot or tired. If you’re not used to exercising, build up to 30 minutes over a few weeks, or do three 10-minute sessions each day instead.
- If you regularly pick up your toddler or carry heavy shopping, find out if it’s safe to do so, and discover how you can avoid lifting heavy objects during pregnancy.
- Find out what will happen at your first midwife appointment.
- Pack more fruit and vegetables into your diet with these easy tips.