Baby's Growth and Development at 9 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 9 weeks pregnant, your baby’s body parts and proportions continue to develop and change quickly:
- During the 9th week of your pregnancy, your baby grows to about one inch, or about the length of an olive.
- By your 9th week of pregnancy, your baby’s skeleton begins to harden. Hardening of the bones (ossification) begins with the formation of cartilage.
- Her fingers, toes, knees, and elbows develop.
- Nipples and hair follicles form.
- Her intestinal system — pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and anus — forms. Her intestines elongate.
- Your baby’s reproductive organs begin to develop internally when you’re 9 weeks pregnant.
- Muscles develop and your baby may start to move — you may feel her movements in several more weeks.
Your Changing Body at 9 Weeks Pregnant
Welcome to the last month of your 1st trimester. At 9 weeks pregnant, your body continues to change to protect and nourish your developing baby. That means that pregnancy symptoms still might be in full force. Take a look at some of the changes happening during your 9th week of pregnancy:
- Hormone production increases around the 9th week of pregnancy, but a shift occurs by the 12th week of pregnancy, signaling the relief of many 1st-trimester pregnancy symptoms. Until then, continue to seek relief from symptoms that bother you.
- Some symptoms include nausea, vomiting, breast soreness, increased urination, insomnia, and vivid dreaming.
- Your heart pumps harder and faster, which can cause fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.
- Increased estrogen and progesterone stimulate the growth of your breasts and milk glands. The skin around your nipples may enlarge and darken. Breast soreness and fullness is normal. Consider shopping for a supportive and comfortable bra to accommodate your changing breasts.
- Your body shape begins to change, which also can cause you to change how you feel about your body. Remember that body changes and healthy weight gain are important but temporary aspects of pregnancy. Take the steps you need to maintain a positive body image by exercising and eating well. Wear comfortable clothes that make you feel and look good. Don’t worry if you are not showing just yet — it may take a few more weeks.
Wellness and Nutrition at 9 Weeks Pregnant
The ongoing, rapid changes at 9 weeks pregnant make exercise and nutrition an important part of you and your baby’s health. You also can look forward to your second doctor’s visit and possibly hearing your baby’s heartbeat in the coming weeks. And get those scrapbooks ready — you’ll get the first glimpse of your baby during your first ultrasound soon.
Your 2nd Doctor Visit
- You’ll probably have your second prenatal visit sometime between the 9th and 12th weeks of pregnancy.
- It might be shorter than your first prenatal visit but will include a check on many of the same vitals:
- Blood pressure
- Urine for sugar and protein
- Uterus size
- Height of fundus (the top of the uterus)
- Your questions or concerns
- Your doctor will use a special listening device, called a Doppler, to project the sounds of your baby’s beating heart.
Nutrition Benefits for You and Your Baby
Being pregnant puts a new perspective on how your health habits can affect your body and your baby. Consider just a few of the many benefits of good nutrition during pregnancy:
- A healthy diet supplemented with folic acid can help prevent birth defects.
- Good habits now will help you maintain them throughout your pregnancy.
- According to research, good nutrition can protect your baby after birth from diseases.
Exercise Benefits You and Your Baby
Regular exercise also offers both you and your baby lots of benefits, including:
- Helping alleviate common problems of pregnancy. These include:
- Bloating and swelling
- Increased fatigue
- Toning the muscles in your stomach, uterus, and vagina
- Supporting good metabolism
- Helping you get back into pre-pregnancy shape sooner
- Helping improve delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your baby
- Improving your energy levels
- Helping you feel better physically and emotionally
- Adjusting to a new center of gravity
- Possibly coping better during labor