Pregnancy Calendar Week 9
YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK:WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 9
At nine weeks pregnant, your baby is now the size of a grape, about an inch long. More of your baby’s basic physiology is in place with continued development of the heart, forming of the intestinal system and the external sex organs showing up (soon you’ll be able to know if you’ve got a boy or a girl!). For you, fatigue and a growing waistline may be in full force this week.
At 9 weeks pregnant, you’re probably feeling tired, tired, tired. And (you knew this was coming) your pants may be feeling a bit tighter this week. Let’s go over these symptoms and how you can ease their effects.
If you’ve got a near-constant feeling of fatigue, it’s no wonder; your body is working hard on the Herculean effort of developing your baby and preparing you for motherhood. Your hormones continue to rage on with spikes in progesterone, in particular, making you feel even more tired. And you’re likely not getting the best night’s sleep if you’re uncomfortable with nausea, or if you’re getting up a lot to pee during the night.Extreme pregnancy fatigue is a common symptom, especially in the first trimester. As your body adjusts more to being pregnant, the fatigue will likely fade significantly, but it will probably come back. As your baby gets bigger in the third trimester, extreme fatigue may reappear.For now, here are some tips to overcome that seemingly irresistible “I just want to go lie down on my comfy couch for a nap” feeling:
- Energize with some exercise. Although it may be the last thing you feel like doing, exercise—even going for a quick 10 minute walk—can help zap fatigue.
- Stick to healthy eating. Vegetables, fruits, lean meats, nuts and whole grains are energizing foods that you should be eating regularly. Junk foods like cookies and ice cream, on the other hand, actually reduce your energy level.
- Keep well hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and cut back on caffeinated drinks.
- Schedule more time for rest. To get the extra sleep and rest you may need right now, make more room in your schedule. Break away from social/work commitments that make it hard for you to get to bed early, so you can catch up on your sleep. And, if you’re just too tired to handle all the housework, ask your partner to help or let house chores go for a while, so you can give your body the additional rest it needs.
Weight gain throughout your pregnancy is healthy and normal. Around week 9, you may begin to feel your waist expanding. So, instead of trying to fit your growing baby bump into your favorite pair of jeans, this is a good time to shop for some comfortable maternity pants.During the first trimester, which will end after week 13, a weight gain of 1-5 pounds is where you want to be. After that, you’ll want to aim for a gain of 1-2 pounds each week.To help keep your pregnancy weight right on target, keep these tips in mind:
- Yes, you’re eating for two. But, remember that you’re only aiming for 300-350 more calories each day right now (this will increase to 450 more per day in the third trimester). If you find yourself eating more than that, adjust your diet.
- In general, eat healthy foods and stay clear of the sweets and fatty foods.
- If you notice you’ve gained weight suddenly or excessively, it could be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious, life-threatening condition in which a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in her urine. Monitor your weight closely and contact your doctor right away if you notice a sudden weight gain, especially in the third trimester.
In the 9th week of pregnancy, the tiny little tenant inside you continues to grow rapidly and here’s an exciting milestone for this week: Your baby’s external sex organs have arrived!
Your Baby’s Heart Develops More. Your baby’s heart has now divided into four chambers and the valves have started to form. With these new developments, you may be able to hear the beautiful sound of your baby’s heartbeat this week. At your second prenatal doctor visit, which you should schedule sometime between the 8th and 12th week of your pregnancy, your doctor will use a special ultrasound called a Doppler to pick up the heartbeat if it’s strong enough.
Your Baby’s Intestinal System Forms. Your baby’s intestines are elongating and her pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and anus have formed. She’s all set now to do lots of pooping and peeing all day long once she’s here. Be sure you’re ready with a big stock of diapers on hand.
Your Baby’s Genitalia is Developing. Your little one’s reproductive organs are beginning to develop, but you won’t be able to tell if your baby is a girl or a boy just yet. You’ll need to wait just a few more weeks before you start decorating your baby’s room and buying all those cute baby clothes.
Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow
To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 9:
- Ensure Adequate Intake of Healthy Fats. Especially now, with your baby’s heart in a rapid stage of development, you need to eat foods high in healthy fats like seafood, avocados, nuts and seeds. Fatty acids are the primary energy source for your baby’s developing heart, so they’re very good food choices for you right now.
- Change Up Your Walking Routine. If walking has been your choice for exercise during pregnancy, that’s great. But, you may want to vary your routine by adding other moderate, safe options like swimming or stationary bicycling. Whatever you do, keep exercising as it, too, plays an important role in the healthy development of your baby’s heart.
Things You Should Do
- Schedule your second prenatal doctor visit.
- If you work, decide when to tell and see how maternity leave is handled.
Words You Should Know Doppler:
An ultrasound device used to listen to a baby’s heart beat during pregnancy.
Genitalia: The sexual reproductive organs. Male genitalia includes the penis and testicles. Female genitalia includes the vagina, labia and clitoris.
Pregnancy Ultrasound (Sonogram): Device that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a picture of the baby in a mother’s uterus.
Tubal Pregnancy : A pregnancy that’s not in the normal place within the uterus but rather in the Fallopian tube. Tubal pregnancies occur because of an inability of the fertilized egg to travel through the Fallopian tube into the uterus.