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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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Kelly Dec 12, 2017 09:41:51 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks 2 days pregnant today with my 9th pregnancy (3 live children) and have awful morning sickness and a sch (sub chorionic haematoma). hoping for a good outcome this time after 3 late miscarriages and 2 early ones..

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Mommy of 3 Nov 16, 2017 10:23:35 AM ET

I am 3 months. i have a 23 month old daughter, 5 year old son. this is my 3rd pregnancy. i can't eat anything, only thing i like is water. so uncomfy this time around. really nauseous and sleepy. i work all the time.. what can i do for more weight gain. and i feel my baby move too.

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Brooke Oct 18, 2017 04:09:44 PM ET

Hello! today i am 9 weeks and 4 days, i swear i feel a flutter from time to time but, i can't say its definitely the little one. i was very sick up until about 7 and a half weeks and now i'm starting to come out the other end. it's nice to feel slightly human again. this is my first and i am hoping for a healthy little one. boy or girl is good with me!

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Arcilia Sep 19, 2017 10:52:20 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks and 5 days. i'm glad we went this far, it's my first time. i've always miscarried at 4 weeks.. sofar so good just a little nausea in the morning and in the evening. i'm glad i never throw up. i pray we reach our destination since it's my first. good luck to all moms!

Guest Nov 6, 2017 07:00:30 AM ET

Hello, congratulations. this is my first, and have had 2 miscarriages about 6 weeks and a molar pregnancy. hope i go all the way this time. i have had a lot of nausea and symptoms this time plus an early scan at 8 weeks and saw my healthy baby. hope we both go all the way.

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Allie Aug 11, 2017 03:03:41 PM ET

I am 9 weeks 2 days pregnant. this is my 3rd and hardest pregnancy. i have a girl and boy and both were a walk in the park. but this time i have every symptom going. i wish you all well, we can do this.

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Danielle Aug 7, 2017 11:07:59 AM ET

9 weeks 2 days, feel really good. never suffered from sickness and this is my 3rd child. i'm hoping for a girl as i have 2 boys. had anyone felt there n.a. y move yet at 9 weeks?

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Mom 89 Jul 10, 2017 08:14:53 AM ET

Hi i am 9 weeks 4days. untill right now everything is going ok. i'm just really scared to have another miscarriage. i have had 11 pregnancies and have 2 alive. they have never explained why it happened. so right now i am scared and excited but my hope is big and my prayers are helping my fear. i wish all the mom's to be the best!

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Gloria Jun 19, 2017 09:22:43 AM ET

Iam 9wks and 4days today. i'm pregnant with my 6th and i'm so hoping for a boy. i have 1 son and 4 daughters already and i'm so ready for a boy. i feel great and my due date is jan 18 2018.

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Sharon May 25, 2017 09:56:09 PM ET

I'm really enjoying my baby and even tho its early my baby is moving like crazy. couldn't be happier even with the discomfort, urinating and insomnia.

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Guest May 25, 2017 05:35:13 AM ET

I am 9 weeks and three days. everything food is irritating to me. my mouth tastes like crap. i don't want to even drink water. unfortunately i am working full time. always tired.

LT Jun 6, 2017 06:21:16 PM ET

I can relate to this. i never want to eat anything but i need to have mouthwash and peppermint gum, to stop my mouth from tasting so terrible.

Ayesha Jul 1, 2017 09:25:51 PM ET

I feel the same way

Liliya Sep 13, 2017 08:51:04 PM ET

I feel the same! i have an acidic taste in my mouth. i can't chew gum:( it makes me even more nauseous.

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