At 9 weeks pregnant, you’re almost a quarter of the way through your pregnancy journey. There’s still a long way to go, but this is an exciting stage, as there are several major milestones for you and your developing baby that are likely to happen somewhere around the 9 week mark! You’re likely to be feeling some strange things at this point, like spontaneous headaches, but your baby is in the middle of developing a wide range of important body parts at this stage, and you might be able to feel some of them very soon! Let’s take a look at what’s going on with you and your baby at the 9 weeks pregnant mark.
How big is a 9 week baby?
At this point, your baby is still pretty tiny. It’s a little under 1 inch long, and weighs around 0.07 ounces. That’s only about the size of a Hershey’s Kiss chocolate. Some may be a little larger or smaller, but all of the numbers are so small at this point that you’re hardly going to notice a difference between a large baby and a small baby at this stage!
Your baby at 9 weeks pregnant
Your 9 week baby may still be tiny, but there are some exciting developments going on in there, even if they’re too small for you to feel most of them! The big change is the heartbeat, which usually starts somewhere between 8 and 12 weeks. In many cases, that falls around 9 weeks, but for some it takes longer, so don’t worry if you’re not hearing anything yet. You’re not going to be able to hear anything with just your ears, but it should start to be strong enough to hear with a fetal doppler device at some point in the near future. Your baby’s heart should now have developed the four distinct chambers that it needs, and valves will just be starting to form in order to control blood flow properly.
Your baby should also have developed eyes by this stage. They’ll be fully formed, but they won’t be functional yet. At 9 weeks, a baby’s eyelids are still fused shut, even though the eyes underneath should be fully formed. This will be the case for a while to go still, and the lids won’t open until around 27 weeks along.
The body of your baby will be developing into something recognizably human at 9 weeks. It’s starting to develop muscles and bones, and those take a lot of nutrients to develop properly. Bones require calcium, so it’s important that you make sure you’ve got enough in your diet to share with your baby. Aim for about 1 gram per day, as this will give you enough for your own body and your baby’s developing bones. You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D, as this is an important substance that helps with absorption of calcium a great deal. The webbed paws at the end of your baby’s rudimentary limbs are also developing, and they’re starting to turn into recognizable fingers and toes!
While your 9 week baby may still be very small, that’s about to change. Over the next few weeks, you can expect it to double in length to almost 2 inches in length, and multiply its weight by about 7 times, to around half an ounce. That’s still pretty small, but it’s a lot bigger than it is now!
Your body at 9 weeks pregnant
If you’ve made it to 9 weeks with no noticeable unpleasant symptoms at all, then you might be on track to get through it without any morning sickness along the way. If you’re experiencing morning sickness, then hopefully you’ll get through it soon. You’re nearly at the stage where things start to get a little bit easier! Let’s take a look at a few of the symptoms that you’re likely to be feeling at around 9 weeks pregnant.
The big one is morning sickness. You’re probably used to this by this point, but you may find that it’s become a lot worse recently. In most cases, morning sickness peaks at around 9 weeks. That’s good news, as it means that it should get a lot easier soon, but unfortunately things might be a bit rough right now. Early in the second trimester, you should be pretty much free from it, but the 9 week mark can be a bit unpleasant. Whatever you’ve been doing to reduce nausea and vomiting, you should keep doing that for now, and look forward to it ending in the near future.
Most people also find themselves unexpectedly exhausted around the 9 week mark or a little before. If you find yourself falling asleep during meetings or while watching tv, don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal, and it’s just a side effect of the rising levels of progesterone in your body. Allow more time for naps and sleeping in a little later, and you’ll be fine.
Cramping is another common symptom around 9 weeks pregnant, and it’s usually nothing to worry about. As your uterus grows, it pushes your other internal organs out of the way, and that’s often pretty uncomfortable! Other common reasons for cramping include dehydration and digestion issues. It’s probably fine, but if the cramps are particularly severe or seem to be getting noticeably worse, you should call your doctor as soon as possible.
You’re probably experiencing headaches at this point, which can make the pregnancy mood swings most people have even worse. There are all sorts of things going on with your body at this point, and a lot of those can cause headaches. Don’t worry about it, drink plenty of water, and make sure you don’t get too hungry. Don’t take any medications for them without consulting your doctor first, though! You’re also likely to experience even more mood swings than before for the next couple of weeks. Some of these are due to headaches, and some of them are just because your hormone levels are sliding around wildly at this point and messing with all of your brain chemicals. It’s not a lot of fun, but it’ll pass in a few weeks.
You may also find that around 9 weeks pregnant you’re urinating even more frequently than you were before, which can be annoying. This is because the hormone HcG, which also causes nausea, is making your kidneys go into overdrive and produce more urine than usual. It’ll probably reduce again in the second trimester, but it’ll come back with a vengeance later when your baby starts to try to crush your bladder into the corner in the third trimester.
Your life at 9 weeks pregnant
At 9 weeks, you’ll be finding that all those legendary symptoms are becoming a bit real. Your life in this week is likely to mostly be about finding ways to deal with them. Keep snacks easily available to deal with nausea, hunger and mood swings, and be prepared to think about clothing a bit more than usual. You probably don’t want to go for maternity pants yet, but if your pants are getting a bit tight, you might want to look into buying some pant extenders to give you a bit more room until it’s time to buy proper maternity gear.