What's happening in week 9 of your pregnancy
You are now 9 weeks into your pregnancy – so what's happening with you and your baby now?
At a glance
- Your baby's organs, nerves and muscles are all starting to function now
- Their little fingers and toes are starting to change from being titchy buds into actual digits
- Your first appointment with your midwife is probably happening in the next few days or weeks
How big is my baby at 9 weeks pregnant?
Still not much bigger than a raspberry, your baby's organs, nerves and muscles are all starting to function now. Their ears are starting to develop, and their eyelids are now in place. Their little fingers and toes are starting to change from being titchy buds into actual digits. Although you won't be able to feel it yet, your baby is making the most of their space by stretching and moving about.
Did you know?
- Babies begin kicking soon after nine weeks but you won't feel it until week 16-22
- It's been suggested that baby boys secrete a chemical that causes the mother to eat more during pregnancy
- Your baby is beginning to swallow fluid and produce its own digestive juices
You at 9 weeks pregnant
By week 9, you might be finding your waistbands are getting a bit uncomfortable, even if you don't have a proper 'bump' on board! If you are still having waves of nausea at certain times of the day, the last thing you want is restrictive clothing around your tum, so go for stretchy, breathable fabric whenever possible, and make leggings, or jeggings and longer tops your friend!
You can also get extension clips that extend the waist so you can keep wearing your clothes for longer. Belly bands - like 'boob tubes' for your waist are also a great intermediate wardrobe essential. If you're not quite fitting into your clothes.
You might also be finding your bras are getting a bit tight as your breasts increase in size – although you probably won't want or need a maternity bra just yet, it might be an idea to get measured for some well fitting and comfortable bras to see you through this transitional stage.
Tell the fitter that you are pregnant if you're choosing an underwired bra. They shouldn't cause health issues with blood flow to the breasts, but you'll want to make sure you're comfortable.
It’s important to be active during your pregnancy as this will boost your physical health and baby's - as well as helping you to balance your emotional wellbeing.
Exercising in pregnancy is safe and healthy. You can do most types of exercise including running, Pilates, weights, yoga and swimming.
Interestingly, research has shown that mums-to-be who raise their heart beat to 77-91 beats per minutes taking part in regular, supervised - aerobic, strengthening, co-ordination or balance, stretching and conditioning type classes - for 55-60 minutes 3 times a week, experienced shorter labour times
Did you know?
- Studies show eating fish during pregnancy can boost your baby's brain power
- Your heart grows, as well as your liver during pregnancy, due to the extra workload
- You won't be able to feel, but your baby responds to touch if you push gently on your belly
What to think about in week 9
Although you might not be telling the world at large your happy news just yet, you might be thinking about the impact your pregnancy could already be having on your working day - are you feeling tired, or a bit emotional, or lacking in concentration just now?
It might be an idea to speak to your HR department or line manager if you feel that you are struggling a little at work, even if you aren't planning on telling anyone else before your dating scan. Once your bosses know you are pregnant, they have a duty of care towards you. You don't legally need to tell your employer until you're just over 3 months from your due date, but some mums find telling work easier if they're feeling sick or extremely tired.
Have a read of our pages on your maternity rights for more information.
Signs and symptoms at 9 weeks pregnant
Noticing yourself laugh and chat away one minute only to find yourself two minutes later welling up at a TV advert you’ve seen 100 times? With your pregnancy hormones raging, energy levels bobbing up and down and a baby on the way, life suddenly feels really quite different. Boosting your energy levels can really lift your mood, so when you start flagging, have a rest and grab a yummy, healthy snack. Some women have stranger emotional mood swings so do talk to your midwife about the intensity of your feelings, in case you need help in dealing with these, so that you can enjoy your pregnancy.
Feeling bunged up is a common symptom of pregnancy and the cause can be blamed on those pregnancy hormones which have been produced by the placenta. Although this nasal congestion can occur at any time of the pregnancy it usually begins in the first trimester and can last from a few weeks to the full nine months. It can help to sit with your head over a bowl of hot water and place a towel over your head, close your eyes and breathe deeply. It’s advised that pregnant women steer away from using decongestants, however if you’re really suffering speak to your GP who may be able to prescribe you something suitable.
Watch our videos below:
Video 1 (NHS content): How can I cope with morning sickness?
Video 2: The first scan (12 weeks)
Video 3: How to eat and drink healthily during pregnancy
Video 4: Dealing with morning sickness