Week 9 of Pregnancy
Your Baby in Week 9 of Pregnancy
Your baby, now the size of a green olive, has grown about an inch since last week. Tiny muscles are beginning to form, so while he might not be ready to pump iron, he’s gearing up to move his arms and legs. It’s still too soon to feel anything in your belly, but you might be able to hear something at your next checkup. Try listening for your baby’s heartbeat via a Doppler device — that welcome sound should be audible anytime now.
Learn more about your baby this week and the fetal heartbeat.
Your Body in Week 9 of Pregnancy
Chances are you’ve never felt so tired in your life and for good reason: Your body is working overtime preparing for motherhood as it develops the placenta, your baby’s lifeline. At the same time, your metabolism and hormone levels are surging, which triggers a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure. The result of all this: pregnancy fatigue. Relief is around the corner as your energy level increases (and morning sickness decreases) over the next few weeks once placenta construction is completed.
Learn more about your body this week and fatigue during pregnancy.
Week 9 Pregnancy Tip: Healthy Snacking
Get more advice on eating when you’re feeling nauseated.
Week 9 Pregnancy Symptoms
Frequent urination: If your sleep’s being interrupted by that gotta-go feeling, try double-voiding when you pee — when you think you’re done peeing, pee again. This will help empty out your bladder completely and maybe buy you an extra hour of shut-eye during the night.
Fatigue: It’s a drag when you’re dragging yourself through the day. Make a point of getting your sleep — yes, it’s obvious, but between racing to the bathroom at midnight to pee and your mind racing with all those pregnancy worries, you may find it difficult to comply with your body’s ever-rising request for rest. So turn away from the computer (which can leave you too wired to fall asleep), turn in earlier (maybe after reading a book or magazine), and linger in bed longer. That extra sleep should give you some staying power.
Breast tenderness and change: Another thing that may be keeping you up at night? Your bigger breasts, which are not just larger but more tender too. The increased blood flow and their larger size can make them ultrasensitive — and make you more uncomfortable at night. You can wear a cotton sports bra to minimize the discomfort.
Excessive saliva: You may be feeling as if you’ve got enough spit to fill up a spittoon (and then some!). Using a minty mouthwash and brushing your teeth as often as you can make your mouth dryer.
Heartburn and indigestion: Need a quick trick for banishing your next bout of heartburn? Chew some sugarless gum. Chewing increases saliva, which then neutralizes the acid in your stomach. Tums or Rolaids also eases the burn (and gives you a calcium boost to boot).
Flatulence: Got enough gas to rival a frat boy? Don’t worry — you’re not the first mom-to-be mortified by a sudden expulsion of gas (at either end) in a public place. But if you’d like to keep those embarrassing explosions to a minimum, try opting for small meals that won’t overload your digestive system as much as large meals do.
Bloating: Who knew pregnancy could spawn so many uncomfortable symptoms! To keep that gassy, bloated feeling to a minimum, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (see below), which can aggravate bloating.
Constipation: To avoid even more bloating, try to get those bowels moving at their normal (or prepregnancy normal) pace. Besides drinking lots of water, have a go at fruit and vegetable juices to make you go. You could try hot water and lemon first thing in the morning (or last thing at night) — some pregnant women swear by it!
Increased sense of smell: If that keen sense of smell is making your life an olfactory ordeal, try leaving windows open (to banish musty bedroom odors or cooking smells) and washing your clothes more often (fibers tend to hold onto smells).