9 Weeks Pregnant

So you’re nine weeks pregnant…

Now you’re beginning in the second month of pregnancy, and your hCG hormones are at their peak. Your uterus has doubled in size, and your pregnancy symptoms may be their most severe at this time:

  • morning sickness

    • Learn some tips and tricks for coping here!

  • frequent urination

    • With your uterus expanding and more blood flow in the pelvis, expect more trips to the bathroom.

  • headaches

    • Those hormone surges might make your head ache, and it will be made worse from stress, dehydration and lack of sleep. Self care is so important, so be vigilant. Also, check with your doctor before taking medications just to ensure they’re pregnancy-safe.

Baby’s Development

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In your ninth week of pregnancy, baby is the size of a cherry! Baby measures about 0.9 inches long and 0.07 ounces.

Some notable changes have taken place in baby, including the disappearance of that embryonic tail. Also, all of baby’s “essential parts” are in place with big developments occurring:

  • The heart has divided into four chambers

  • Sense of smell is developing

  • Hair follicles are forming

  • And while baby is too small to SEE this development in an ultrasound, genitals are forming

 

Coping with nausea and morning sickness

For some women, nausea and vomiting are among the first signs of a possible pregnancy. There’s that queasy feeling, which might ebb and flow, or it might just be a constant, unsettling feeling that you can’t shake.

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Roughly 70% of women report feeling morning sickness in their pregnancy, which tends to begin around six weeks with the influx of pregnancy hormones and ends around 12 weeks. However, to be fair, some women experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancies, and for many “morning sickness” isn’t an accurate description as the nausea and vomiting can occur at any time.

But excessive vomiting and being unable to keep anything down warrants a trip to your doctor. You may have hyperemesis gravidarum, which can create dehydration, weight loss, electrolyte imbalance, and that may need IV fluids, antacids or dietary changes to manage. Speak with your OB if you’re experiencing excessive vomiting and are concerned how it’s effecting both you and baby.

So what can you do to find some relief from that nausea and morning sickness?

  • Snacks on snacks on snacks. It might be easier on your sensitive stomach to opt for snacks or small meals throughout the day versus large meals.

  • It might be helpful to keep some on your nightstand so you can have a few crackers in the morning to help settle your stomach. While eating too much can irritate your stomach, having an empty stomach can trigger a similar response of nausea.

  • Avoid spicy or fatty foods that might upset your stomach further.

  • Opt for bland and/or salty foods.

  • Some women swear by ginger in the form of ale, tea or candies.

  • Avoid being in places that are overly warm, as that will increase your feeling of nausea.

  • Eat whatever you can whenever you can. Now’s not the time to force-feed yourself something because you feel you “should” eat it. You are growing a human, and you can’t force your body to do anything it doesn’t want to. If your stomach protests eating meat, then opt for more vegetarian dishes. If your stomach can only tolerate easy-to-digest carbs, then enjoy that toast and those crackers.

  • Find out the smells that trigger your nausea, and avoid like the plague!

  • REST! Your body needs plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Keep track of whether your nausea is triggered by taking your prenatal vitamins, which does occur. In that case, take your prenatal vitamins right before bed or take them with a snack.

  • Speak with your doctor! Some may recommend….

    • Preggie Pops: naturally flavored lollipops meant to ease nausea; flavors include lavender, mint, ginger, sour raspberry, sour lemon

    • Sea-Bands: wristbands that use acupressure pulse points to fight off nausea

    • Vitamin B6

    • Unisom

    • Prescription anti-nausea medications

8 Weeks Pregnant

So you’re eight weeks pregnant…

The second month of pregnancy is coming to a close, and it’s probably beginning to feel more real that you are, in fact, pregnant. You may even be gaining weight already, and for the average healthy female there may be a gain of 1-5 pounds in the first trimester before the weight gain becomes more regular further into pregnancy.

You’ll likely be having your first prenatal appointment with an OB soon, in which case you may receive a first-trimester ultrasound to verify the pregnancy is in the uterus and see how far along you are.

This first appointment may involve some various testing, including blood tests (checking hormones, looking for STDs, etc), urine tests (looking at the protein and glucose levels) and possibly a pelvic exam to check for any infections or potential issues.

Baby’s Development

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In your eighth week of pregnancy, baby is the size of a kidney bean! Baby weighs about .04 ounces and measures .63 inches long, growing about a millimeter per day.

Facial features are becoming increasingly defined, such as the upper jaw and nose, and eyelid folds beginning to cover the eyes. Just look back at the last week of pregnancy to see the huge change in baby’s shape, including that tail disappearing and ridges developing on the hands, showing where those fingers will be!

 

7 Weeks Pregnant

So you’re seven weeks pregnant…

The hormones are still increasing, so early pregnancy symptoms may be increasing in severity, you may be developing new symptoms, or maybe you still feel pretty okay. (Remember: Not everyone will have many symptoms or will feel poorly!)

And even though you’re not sporting a baby bump yet, your body is already preparing for baby’s growth, with your uterus expanding. There may be some cramping involved, but beware of bleeding. If you have any concerns, call your doctor. (Though, to be fair, you likely haven’t had your first appointment yet. Now would be a great time to get recommendations and referrals in place for your prenatal care.)

Baby’s Development

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In your seventh week of pregnancy, baby is the size of a blueberry! Baby doubled in size from last week, and baby’s brain has grown by a third.

As you can see in the image here, baby has a bit of a tail that will soon disappear, just like baby’s arms will soon transform from the initial paddle-like limbs into distinct arms, hands and fingers. Cartilage and nerves are forming in those arms, which is a process the legs will undergo later.

The umbilical cord is working hard now with blood vessels carrying oxygen and nutrients to and from baby’s little body.

 

6 Weeks Pregnant

So you’re six weeks pregnant…

The hormones are increasing, so you may be noticing an uptick in the severity of early pregnancy symptoms or the presence of new ones. For example, the pregnancy hormone progesterone may cause you some issues with feeling gassy and bloated.

Be sure to rest when you’re able if fatigue is an issue—you’re growing a human, after all, so give your body some grace as it adjusts to these big changes. And know that more frequent trips to the bathroom are also common, as the pregnancy hormone hCG is routing extra blood flow to your pelvis.

Baby’s Development

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In your sixth week of pregnancy, baby is the size of a pomegranate seed! Baby’s growth is continuing to double and now measures .25 inches, and that doubling rate will continue during this week.

Baby is beginning to develop facial features already, including depressions where the nostrils and ears will be, darker spots where the eyes will be formed, and the tongue, jaws and neck are also being created.

Baby may even start some wiggling of the arm and leg buds, which are now growing some muscle and bone tissue. And baby is also covered in such a thin layer of skin that it’s translucent.

By the beginning of this week the heart should have begun beating and would be visible with a transvaginal ultrasound. The heart will be pumping at roughly 100 beats per minute. But if you have an ultrasound and don’t see a heartbeat yet, don’t panic. You may be earlier in your pregnancy than you anticipated and may just need a follow-up appointment to measure for growth.

 

5 Weeks Pregnant

So you’re five weeks pregnant…

You might just be at the point of having realized you’re pregnant. It’s likely you just missed your period and are starting to feel some symptoms caused by those increasing levels of hormones, like nausea, sore breasts and fatigue.

We’ve got more information for you over on our blog post on early pregnancy symptoms if you’re curious what symptoms to expect and to know if what you’re experiencing is normal.

And adding to that, you might be experiencing no symptoms at all, which is completely okay! You’re one of the lucky ones, and fingers crossed you escape the rest of the first trimester unscathed and free from morning sickness!

Baby’s Development

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In your fifth week of pregnancy, baby is the size of a peppercorn! That teeny, tiny little baby is the size of .13 inches from the top of head to its bottom, and growth from here on out will be rapid, with baby doubling in size in one week.

Yet inside that teeny, tiny body BIG changes are happening. Baby is developing major organs, like the heart (the first organ to develop and function), stomach, liver and kidneys, and also developing major systems, like digestive, circulatory and nervous.

And by the end of the fifth week, the heartbeat should be able to be detected via ultrasound! However, being able to HEAR the heartbeat may not come until further in the pregnancy, so don’t be alarmed if your ultrasound technician uses the scan to measure the visible beats per minute versus listening with a Doppler. And at this stage, baby’s heartbeat should be between 90-110 beats per minute, and that will keep increasing until it peaks at 9-10 weeks gestation before slowing a bit in the second and third trimesters.

Now is also a good time to begin taking folic acid, as it helps prevent neural tube defects from forming, and then continue taking that folic acid through the rest of the first trimester.

 

At-home pregnancy tests

At-home pregnancy tests

So you missed your period.

Or maybe you’ve been feeling off, having some early pregnancy symptoms that could mean nothing except your body just being a normal hormonal body, or maybe it means you are actually pregnant.

That means it’s time for a pregnancy test. But what’s the best kind to use? When can you start taking them and see accurate results? Find out more information here.

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