Week 9 of pregnancy is a big milestone ? your baby is no longer an embryo but a fetus! He or she now looks more human, the ?tail? having completely disappeared. Your baby at 9 weeks will also have more distinct facial features including earlobes. Though it will be a few weeks before you will find out your baby?s gender, his or her external sex organs will already be present. Your baby will also have grown considerably, now as large as a grape or green olive. The best thing about your baby at 9 weeks is that his or her heartbeat can now be detected with a fetal Doppler, allowing you to hear it for yourself for the first time.
What?s up with you at week 9 of pregnancy? Well, most of it is more of the same thing. Week 9 pregnancy symptoms still include morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, sensitivity to smell, mood swings, breast tenderness, and frequent peeing. You may feel even more tired than before as your body is working overtime in order to meet the demands of pregnancy. One unpleasant week 9 pregnancy symptom is flatulence because of the relaxed the muscles in your intestines and stomach. To lessen its occurrence, try to eat smaller meals to help lessen the work your digestive system will need to do. Aside from these, you will also be experiencing more thickening at the waist. You may also have gained a pound or more in the past few weeks.
Week 9 of pregnancy signals the start of the last month in your first trimester. Only a few weeks to go before morning sickness, fatigue, and other annoying symptoms go away. You may want to start thinking about talking to your employer about your company?s maternity leave policy. This is also a good time to start thinking about how much the baby is going to change your lives when he or she comes. Starting a budget is also a good idea so you have some extra cash once your baby is born.