Pregnancy week 9
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How's the foetus by nine weeks?

No gender yet

Your baby is about the size of a grape, weighs about 2g and is 2.3cm long from crown to rump.

  • Cartilage and bones are beginning to form.
  • The tongue begins to develop.
  • Your baby's eyes are well-developed and eyelids appear.
  • All organs, nerves and muscles are beginning to function.
  • His hands are bent at the wrist and arms are growing longer.
  • Intestines start to move out of the umbilical cord and into the baby's abdomen.
  • The baby's feet begin to lose their webbed look and the toes are clearly visible.
  • By the end of this week the inner workings of the ear will be complete.
  • The internal sex organs are starting to develop, but you won't be able to tell the baby's gender yet.

What's with my body: Cramps and soft gums

  • Morning sickness might be the only thing on your mind at the moment. Eat smaller, more frequent meals to combat nausea.
  • You might also suffer mood swings that come and go and that you have no control over.
  • You may have a dull cramping feeling in your belly. This is your uterus starting to grow and stretch. You might also have a slight brownish or reddish discharge - this is normal. But if the cramping is severe and the discharge is bright red, go to your doctor as soon as possible. 
  • There is more blood in your body. This will improve your skin, but can soften your gums. You may have nose-bleeds, which are common in pregnancy.
  • You might feel warm because of the extra blood your heart is pumping.
  • Some women develop patches of dark pigment on their cheeks, foreheads and noses during pregnancy, so slap on the high-SPF sunscreen from now on.

Also read: Best and worst foods to eat during pregnancy

Also read: Know your uterus 

Also read: How your body changes with pregnancy

Also read: Amniotic fluid facts

Also read: The first trimester

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.


  

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