Overview of that week
By the 9th week, your first trimester symptoms are at their peak. Thankfully the fact that you get to hear your baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound should make your heart flutter.
Although you might not look pregnant to an outsider, your clothes will start to feel slightly tight around the abdomen by this week. Perhaps this might be the right time to start dressing up a little loose as it will also help if you are having heartburn and a bloated belly.
At almost an inch in length, your baby is no more an embryo. Your baby will now be called a fetus until birth. Your baby is officially a fetus with a heart consisting of four chambers.
The facial features of the baby fetus are taking shape and becoming more prominent. One of the most noticeable developments this week is the budding of the ten little tooth buds which later become their first set of baby teeth.
In addition to the heart, the brain, stomach, lungs, and kidneys are forming and developing in your baby. Even the genitals are starting to become more distinct. If you want to, by the 20th week ultrasound you should be able to tell if it’s a boy or a girl.
Body changes in mother
Morning sickness is a common symptom you might experience as the embryo starts to move freely in the amniotic sac. During the ninth week, the morning sickness really reaches to the next level as the level of pregnancy hormones are nearing the highest levels.
You might be expecting a little bump during your pregnancy as soon as you realize that you are pregnant. But it is not uncommon for pregnant women to lose around 1 kg in weight during their first trimester due to morning sickness and nausea.
Around the 9th week when the nausea is at its peak, you might not be eating much and you might not be able to retain whatever you are eating. This can cause you to lose some weight in the early days. However, don’t worry too much about it because you will get back to gaining the weight back in no time.
Fatigue and tiredness:
Your energy is bound to remain at low all throughout this week as well. Your body is going through extreme changes and it is only normal for you to lose a lot of energy in the process. Don’t give yourself a hard time if you take longer than usual to finish the same task you could finish in minutes. It is important that you rest enough to replenish the energy that might have been exerted.
What should you do and don’t
- Even though morning sickness might be making you feel nauseated and not wanting to eat anything, consume healthy small meals throughout the day.
- Keep an active lifestyle. If you didn’t exercise regularly prior to your pregnancy, start including simple exercise in your lifestyle. Start with just 10 to 15 minutes of walking a day and increase it according to your ability.
- If you haven’t already started maintaining one, start with a pregnancy journal. Click pictures or write down every little milestone to keep a memory of your pregnancy for your baby.
- Visit your dentist regularly to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy.
- Take proper care of your dental hygiene.