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Pregnancy Week 9

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Your Baby's Development This Week

At this point in the pregnancy, the baby has switched gears from focusing on development to gaining weight. The tail has disappeared now, looking all human baby now. The head is more baby-like, with ears more prominent, and eyelids are formed, with eyes now tightly shut until week 28 or so, when the eyes will open.

The new organs on the scene are the liver, spleen and gallbladder. However, it's those joints that keep baby busy right now. All of them are flexing and functional, the shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles, and wrists. There is a lot of bending and kicking going on in there, but you'll still be oblivious to it unless you get a glimpse of the fetal workout during a sonogram.

The baby will even respond to anything being in the palm of the hand by curving fingers around it. During a sonogram, you might even catch baby sucking the thumb now! The fingerprints are formed as well.

The heart which is beating strong at this point, is developing the valves now.

The baby is now about an inch long, and weighs .07 oz. Basically, the little one is about grape-sized.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 9

While there are plenty of things probably making you plenty aware that you are pregnant, and uncomfortable, the front runners for complaints include bloating making clothes tight and heartburn becomes problematic, too. That's why small frequent meals and not lying down after eating is recommended. Also avoiding greasy, spicy foods might help. However, with hormone levels and the metabolism rising, the blood pressure and blood sugar levels are dropping and the end result is a perfect storm for the most exhausting kind of fatigue you will likely experience, at least until the end of pregnancy. However, a reprieve will be in order in a few weeks at least.

Those hormones are creating another kind of havoc for mom. Mood swings make an appearance about this point in the pregnancy. You might be feeling good, when all of the sudden, you feel overwhelmed and teary, or perhaps you look at your beloved and for no real reason that you can pinpoint, you are just aggravated with them. Welcome to mood swings! Just remember that you aren't going crazy, that this is just a sign that your body is busy building baby and this is just a silly side effect. Try not to take anything too seriously, and don't make any huge important life decisions while in the midst of a swing, either an up or downward one.

Visit With the Obstetrician

The baby's heartbeat is strong enough this week to be detected by the handheld Doppler device your doctor will use at every visit from now on. You'll soon learn to be excited by that thumping sound. Don't be concerned if the doctor can't isolate the sweet sound this week though, because it's not unusual for the baby to be hiding in some corner of the uterus out of Doppler range. Don't worry, the sound you are waiting for will be strong and audible within the next few weeks.

If you are over the age of 35 or have a family history of genetic conditions, your doctor will probably discuss the option of Chorionic Villus Testing, or CVS. This test is typically done between the 9th and 12th week of pregnancy. The test involves sampling a small bit of the placental tissue, and is done either through the cervix or abdomen. The test checks for over 200 abnormal DNA conditions, such as Tay-Sachs disease or Down's Syndrome, but will not show a neural tube disorder. The test is generally considered safe and highly accurate, but you should discuss all the risks and benefits of such a test with your physician.

Preparing for Baby

You are probably beginning to fully accept that yes, you indeed are truly pregnant now, if only because your body has made it so clear to you by now. The upside is that you can begin to really start planning in earnest for the baby. Now is a good time to start looking for ideas for that nursery, and get an overall plan for what kinds of things you feel you need and want for baby's room. For one reason, it will provide a nice distraction from the aches, pains, nausea and fatigue and for another, this time will pass much faster than it seems to you now. Go to stores and look at the choices, read books and magazines. Save some money and get them from the library. Just enjoy the planning and decision-making process. Use it as a reward for getting through all the long days of building a baby.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Between getting up to go to the bathroom countless times a night, heartburn and general discomfort, sleeping may be pretty difficult at this point. Consider what changes might make your bedroom more of a haven. Get work stuff out of the room. Change the temperature, the sheets, get some new pillows, and maybe invest in a special cushion to support that growing tummy and aching back. Try to find new sleeping positions that will be more comfortable for your new body.

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Georgia Mar 11, 2015 05:29:02 AM ET

I am 8 weeks and 5 days pregnant, i can hardly keep my eyes open at work, and i always feel sort of sea sick. this is my first child, and i am hating the nausea. any advice on how i can keep awake?

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Sierra Pino Mar 9, 2015 05:48:50 PM ET

Why does my urine stink? i'm 9 weeks and 4 days pregnant.

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lily Mar 6, 2015 07:20:37 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks pregnant my 4th child. i've had terrible heartburn since the 2nd week. this never happened in my previous pregnancy. i'm scared this could harm my baby.

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Shana Mar 4, 2015 05:55:03 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks and 2 days pregnant and i feel like crap! i'm tired all the time, sick, can only stomach certain foods, restless at night, constipated, bloated and the list goes on. it's my third child and i had none of these problems with my first two. it has been 6 years since my last though. maybe because i was younger back then?

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mehreen Feb 24, 2015 01:06:58 PM ET

Hi girls. i'm too 9 weeks pregnant, and it's my 2nd child. i feel tired all the time with mood swings. :-(

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Jspencer Feb 19, 2015 10:51:27 PM ET

I'm 9 weeks and 5 days pregnant with my second. omg, i am so tired. every morning i still have sickness, and have all day fatigue. this is nothing like with my first. my baby had a heartbeat of 165bpm, and we are hoping for a girl! does anyone feel this way too? i can't believe how hopeless i feel. :/

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jess Feb 13, 2015 11:03:00 AM ET

It's normal. your are just getting bigger. it's going to happen.

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becks Feb 5, 2015 12:41:20 PM ET

Hi i'm 23 and currently 9 weeks and 4 days pregnant. i'm really nervous and scared as i have had 2 previous miscarriages. i've already seen a healthy heartbeat at 7 weeks and 6 days at my ultrasound. i have another scan booked for in 2 weeks time, but one with one of my other pregnancies i had a missed miscarriage. my symptoms are sore boobs, morning sickness has eased off a little in past 3 days, and have bad mood swings. i'm so nervous, and want everything to be okay.

sonia Feb 18, 2015 04:43:38 PM ET

Me too hun. please try not worry. my last two were miscarriages, and on top that, i have heavy bleeding now. i'm ten weeks and five days pregnant. my baby, miraculously, is totally fine. your baby will be ok. i will keep you in my prayers. xx

Nee Apr 23, 2015 10:56:46 AM ET

Sonia i'm 9 weeks and 4 days pregnant with twins. i have had heavy bleeding for about 6 days, well the last two days were kind of drip days. how long was your bleeding? my babies are miracuously fine too!

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Savana Jan 21, 2015 07:46:14 PM ET

I'm 9 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my first child. i had recently fell down the steps, and busted my knee. i didn't have any bleeding that day so i didn't go to the doctor, but the day after i fell later that night. i had light bleeding and i have really sharp back pains. but, the next morning i threw up what i had for breakfast, and i only had a bag of chips for today, and that was at 1:30. i just can't eat because i'm not hungry. but, i'm constantly thirsty. someone please help. this is my first child and i'm scared that i could be having a miscarriage.

Guest Feb 1, 2015 03:33:23 PM ET

You should go to the doctor.

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momo Jan 15, 2015 12:13:47 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks, and 2 days pregnant. i always feel so tired. i wish i could lay in bed all day long. this is my 2nd child and it is nothing like the first. i have heavy boobs, shortness of breath, body aches, and pains. i'm hanging in there though.

shalome Jan 20, 2015 01:56:48 PM ET

When is your due date?

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