From Body Carre we are going to see two pregnancies of two friends, from two different perspectives and countries, one from Latin America and the other from Spain. I hope you like it and see if you are able to find those little differences.
At week 9, the baby still has a head larger than the rest of the body, his face is quite wide and his eyes are wide apart. The eyelids have just graduated, the wrists, elbows and ankles are more formed and it is now possible to fold and carry the fingers that are formed in the mouth. The development of the fetus is in full swing at that stage.
Now also the sexual characterization of the baby’s body is more visible, but it cannot yet be seen on ultrasound. From week 12, it will be possible to distinguish the sex by the shape of the fetal tubercle , which is the part where the penis or vagina is actually forming. Now the baby is about 3 cm long from the buttocks to the skull, about the size of a Brazil nut.
At nine weeks pregnant, your weight is currently estimated at 10 grams and there are already all the parts of your body, such as your legs, arms and ears, as well as your internal organs that are more and more adequate. Weight gain will begin at an accelerated rate at this stage and we begin by seeing that the baby will have arms in a few months.
The internal sensations of the mother in the 9th week of pregnancy
In the nine weeks of pregnancy, the mother’s life is summed up in two words: sleepiness and nausea . But try to calm down, because usually this phase of discomfort, mainly in the morning, ends at the end of the first trimester. If this is your first pregnancy, surely your belly is barely noticeable. If it is the second it is possible that you have a certain roundness and a larger belly.
At this stage it is very common to feel more of these discomforts, a headache and a little discomfort in the back, this is the result of changes in your body and your hormonal level, which is changing day by day.
Your breasts during this period have already started to increase in size and your mood is a real roller coaster : very happy one moment and seconds later you fall into tears for no reason. You should only be concerned if these symptoms are very intense and tend to spoil your contact with people. If this is the case, you should inform your obstetrician to evaluate a possible depression in pregnancy, it is very common to happen!
Sensations and external factors in the 9th week of pregnancy
Of the people who look at you, hardly anyone will know that you are pregnant unless you tell them, which further increases the anxiety to see the huge belly soon. This will be the obvious sign that there is a new love coming into our lives. The belly is the clear sign of the multiplication of our hearts!
Let’s get serious for a second. Now that you are 9 weeks pregnant, you are probably beginning to think about how life will change when the baby is in your arms. That is why around week 9 of your pregnancy, you may want to start looking with your partner for the best budget to have extra money when the baby arrives. You should also consider the workplace manual to see how the company handles maternity leave. This way, when you break the news to your boss, you’ll be prepared to discuss your expectations and begin a potential plan related to maternity leave.
How big is the baby at 9 weeks?
The baby is the size of a cherry at 9 weeks pregnant. The 9-week fetus is about 0.9 inches and weighs about 0.07 ounces, and its growth is taking on steam.
9 weeks pregnant, how many months is it?
At 9 weeks, you are two months pregnant. This week, you and your baby already have two great achievements: you have reached month three, and the baby is no longer an embryo, now the baby is a fetus. That means he or she looks more like a baby and the days with disastrous symptoms and first trimester changes are approaching. Just one more month to go to that wonderful stage.
Symptoms of pregnancy at week 9
Right now, the HCG pregnancy hormone is circulating through your body at its highest level. That means that at 9 weeks, some pregnancy symptoms can be quite severe. Stop Here: You’re just a few weeks away where your hormones start to level off a bit, letting you feel and enjoy your pregnancy better. Here are the 9 week pregnancy symptoms you may be experiencing right now:
- Humor changes. Because hormones keep you furious, along with other symptoms – like nausea and fatigue – pregnancy is a bit of a pain, because your emotions are harder to control. Remember that it is okay to slow down the usual rhythm, take advantage of taking breaks (to sleep, meditate, or simply to enjoy a movie) and to avoid stressful situations that generate discomfort.
- Morning sickness. Up to 80% of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness. It should be called an all-day sickness! If you are suffering from nausea, you may feel a little sick or vomit more often. If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, you may encounter more severe symptoms of morning sickness. The good and bad news is that at 9 weeks, morning sickness is probably the most terrible. Try doing some tests to see what makes you feel better (some mothers have found relief with ginger, frequent meals and snacks, vitamin B6. You are suffering now, but this too will pass. You can overcome this!
- Frequent urination Because your uterus is expanding and there is significant blood flow to your pelvic area, you may be heading to the bathroom more often than normal. Don’t let frequent urination keep you from drinking a lot of water. It is important that you stay hydrated. Just add bathroom visits to your mental to-do list on a daily basis.
- While your hormones are working overtime to grow and develop your 9-week fetus, you may be feeling totally tired. Get more sleep, if possible, and keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating a healthy snack throughout the day. In the second trimester, you will already have more energy.
- Nasal congestion. Surprise! Pregnancy can cause increased mucus production in your body, an unexpected symptom, so you may have to keep tissues close at hand.
- Headaches. Again the hormones do their job, those surges can give you headaches and also dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, hunger, lack of sleep and stress. Try to treat the other symptoms, eat at least every few hours, get plenty of sleep, and drink enough water. A hot or cold compress can ease a headache so you can rest. Before taking any medication, consult your doctor. Many Obstetricians say that acetaminophen (Tylenol) is okay, but aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil) are not. It will depend on your health history and any other medications you are taking.
Development of pregnancy at week 9
Many moms at this stage find themselves struggling to button their jeans. In this ninth week, the uterus is expanding to accommodate the growing fetus. In fact, it has doubled in size! When you touch your 9 week pregnant belly, you will probably find that the lower abdomen feels a bit firmer, it is the uterus. You may even be showing your 9 weeks a bit already. The uterus will start to grow out of your pelvis in the next few weeks.
Weight gain at 9 weeks is not good, so excess is not recommended. The amount of weight your doctor recommends during your pregnancy will depend on your body mass index (BMI) prior to pregnancy. For example, if you started with an average BMI, it will likely tell you that your weight should gain between 25 to 35 pounds total during pregnancy – about three to five pounds in the first trimester. If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, you should gain about a pound per week at this time.
That being said, if you are one of the moms plagued with morning sickness and food aversion when you are 9 weeks pregnant you are probably not gaining weight (you are surely losing weight). Naturally, you will want to speak with your obstetrician about your concern regarding weight loss or gain and you will definitely let her know if it is sudden or drastic. But most doctors will tell you that minor weight loss is fine at this stage of pregnancy. Once you start to regain your appetite, you will have a chance to regain the weight.
There are also pregnant women who have such severe nausea that they need medical treatment. Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is diagnosed when a pregnant woman is so ill that she is dangerously dehydrated. If you cannot keep fluids in, you are surely losing a significant amount of weight, or if you have passed out, you should tell your doctor, he will do a physical exam to see if you have HG.
The good news is that there are treatments for HG. You may need an IV to replenish fluids, and your doctor may choose to try a prescription anti-nausea medication to help stop vomiting.
Ultrasound in pregnancy week 9
The first prenatal appointment typically occurs between weeks 8 and 12. So now, you may have visited the OB, if not, do it soon. On this first date, you can even see the baby’s tiny heartbeats on the ultrasound. Something exciting, huh?
A 9-week pregnant ultrasound is usually performed transvaginally. That means the doctor or ultrasound technician will insert a probe into the vagina, since your uterus still sits behind the pelvic bone (don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt). The probe will emit sound waves, allowing you to see a picture of the 9-week-old fetus on a screen.
Not only can you see the baby – which will resemble a lima bean – because the 9 week pregnant ultrasound will also confirm that your pregnancy is uterine (meaning there are no signs of ectopic or tubular pregnancy at 9 weeks). Your doctor can point out the gestational sac, the yolk sac, and the fetal pole.
That’s right, week 9 of pregnancy is a milestone: The baby is no longer an embryo, now he or she is a fetus! These two terms simply define different stages of development. The embryonic phase consists of forming important organs, including the brain, heart and lungs, in addition to the arms and legs. Once you have a fetus, those organs and parts are formed, then they are growing and developing.
Inside your pregnant belly at week 9, the baby is working on developing the distinctive facial features of the fetus. Already the baby could now have a heartbeat strong enough to be picked up by a fetal doppler. At 9 weeks pregnant, the risk of miscarriage is a recurring thought in many of the minds of pregnant women. You can be sure when you see or hear your heart beat, the risk is only 3 percent. In the coming weeks, it will go even lower.
Other prenatal tests that you can expect around 9 weeks into your pregnancy include blood tests to determine hormone levels, blood type, red and white blood cell counts, and certain diseases. You will also have a Pap test to check for abnormalities (which can be signs of cervical cancer) and STDs, and a urine test to check that protein levels and hormone levels appear healthy. All the necessary tests and unpleasant symptoms are really worth it to have a beautiful newborn baby in your arms, after a pregnancy without problems.
Considerations regarding pregnancy at week 9
Reminders for the week:
- Buy a great maternity bra.
- Calculate your prenatal and delivery costs.
- Clarify your doubts directly with the doctor.
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.