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Week 9

During this period you are definitely going to experience some changes as the baby has turned into a fetus. During this stage, he/she turns into a stronger and bigger baby. In addition, you are nearing the end of the first trimester.

The size of the baby
During this stage, the baby is around the size of a green olive.

Weight/height of the baby
The fetus appears more like a baby during this stage, with a length of around 16-18mm (0.6-0.7 inches). The fetus weighs around 3 grams (0.11oz).

About your baby
During the 9th
week, the vital organs have already begun to develop. The facial features of the fetus are more recognisable. The fetus’ tail will disappear and human features start to become more distinctive. The baby begins developing by having the joints of the legs/hands to be flexible as well as growing muscles. In addition, the development of the hair follicles and nipples begins. Apart from these, the tastebuds and formation of primary tooth buds within the gums also develop, alongside the reproductive organs of the fetus. The heart completes its transformation into four chambers and beats clearly and loudly. 

About your body
The baby bump is not yet visible although you might show a bit. However, fitting into certain clothing might begin to be a challenge. During your third month of pregnancy, your placenta takes a certain shape. Once the placenta forms completely, it starts offering nutrients to the fetus. The body undergoes metabolic changes like fluctuation in blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels. You gain some weight during this week and in some cases, you might have a firmer lower belly. You will feel similar symptoms that you felt in the first few weeks i.e. morning sickness, fatigue, frequent urination, swollen breasts, nasal congestion, headaches, and digestive symptoms.

Do & Don’ts / Advice / Checklist / Tips

  • Keep snacks with yourself and have smaller and frequent meals so that the stomach can easily digest it.
  • Exercise regularly and perform light exercises.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothes instead of fitted ones.
  • Keep yourself hydrated at all times, to avoid dizziness, constipation, headaches and bloating.
  • Try taking small naps to avoid fatigue and exhaustion.

Checklist:

  • Go for your first ultrasound
  • Shop some comfortable bras for the maternity period
  • Plan a budget for your baby and yourself during pregnancy
  • You need to have screening during the first trimester if you have a family history of genetic disorders
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