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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