Your Pregnancy: Week 9

Pregnancy week by week: You are nine weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

The start of month three means pesky hormones are still making you moody. You may also feel anxious — holding onto a secret is a tad stressful — if you’re waiting for the three-month mark before telling family and friends about your bun in the oven. To cope, try breathing exercises, yoga and napping. Buy a body or pregnancy pillow to get a restful sleep.

The placenta’s job is to feed the fetus and dispose of waste. Building it is a monumental task for mom: metabolic and hormonal surges combined with low blood pressure and blood sugar levels leave her drained. The added blood circulating in your system results in nosebleeds and dizziness but compensates for blood loss during labour.

Your breasts are engorged and your areola’s are enlarging and darkening. You may also be leaking colostrum, the “first milk,” which your body produces that is loaded with nutrients and antibodies to nourish your baby after he is born. Gently wash your nipples, and wear nursing bra pads to absorb moisture.

As your belly stretches, the skin becomes tingly, dry and itchy. Slathering on cocoa butter and soaking in an oatmeal bath won’t prevent pregnancy stretch marks but will soothe irritation.

Seventy-five percent of pregnant women endure back problems like sciatica so take warm, not hot baths, and use warm compresses or a heating pad to alleviate pain.

Higher levels of estrogen make your vagina the ideal setting for yeast infections. Your health practitioner can prescribe a vaginal cream or suppository that contains clotrimazole to treat it.

Baby’s World

Measured from the top of his head to his bum, he’s 22 to 33 mm (0.9 – 1.29 in.) and weighs 2 g (0.0044 lb.), roughly the size of a grape. His head, half the size of his body, is tucked into his chest. Hair follicles are budding. He’s developing arm and leg muscles and can bend at the elbows. His bladder is producing urine, and his intestinal system, the pancreas, gallbladder and anus, are forming.

Fun Fact

Is it a he or she? Genitals are forming but you won’t know baby’s gender yet.

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