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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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kris Aug 23, 2014 05:36:13 PM ET

I am 39, and currently 9 weeks and 4 days with my 5th baby. we had a loss to edwards syndrome last year. this pregnancy has definitely been a stressful one, with bleeding that started at 5 weeks and has continued, but with 3 ultrasounds our baby is fine. so far i have only had a little bit of morning sickness. feeling extremely tired. tender boobs and bloating which makes me look 6 months pregnant. enjoying every moment :-)

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Ashley Aug 20, 2014 06:01:21 PM ET

I'm 9 weeks 2 days. my son is almost 6. this is my second pregnancy. nothing like the easy going first one. i'm nauseous, but not throwing up. i'm completely uncomfortable, and bathroom breaks every 2 hrs during the night. seems we are all just about on the same page. best of wishes to all!

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Michelle Aug 20, 2014 12:07:17 PM ET

Im 9 weeks with my 4th child and this has been the worst pregnancy so far. im constantly throwing up everything even water but yet im always hungry like unbearable hunger pains. i find myself starring at the fridge but nothing seems appealing. i love bbq but now get nauseous from the smell of it. like i said i have three children and have never felt like this with any of them most of my symptoms were slim to none. is it normal to feel so hungry this early in pregnancy and is there anything i can eat that wont turn my stomach but satisfies my hunger?

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Joanne Aug 13, 2014 09:21:38 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks tomorrow. this is my second pregnancy. i am exhausted all the time and struggling to keep my eyes open. i feel sick 24/7 and it never leaves me :-( i really hope it starts to pass soon as i'm struggling to look after my toddler during the day.

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shirley Jul 22, 2014 07:42:11 PM ET

Congrats mamas! i am 45 and am 9 weeks 2 days pregnant. i lost 2 babies a year and a half ago both between 7 and 8 weeks. i've had 2 ultrasounds and everything looks great. i am so nervous just counting the days until my next appointment.

blessingblessing Sep 6, 2014 12:28:11 PM ET

Dear shirley. i am so happy for you. i am now 42 years and i am in the beginning of week 9. i had an invitro. first time pregnant. heard and seen a strong and regular heartbeat. but gosh i got a fright. i had light red bleeding ( at7 week 3 days) immediately got tablets from dr which help with blood clotting an had another progesterone injection. the bleeding stopped just after the bleed. i am going to have a ultrasound this week. praying and hoping baby is fine. with what happened to you before this pregnancy. any advice??

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timeforbaby Jun 17, 2014 03:45:57 PM ET

I'm 9 weeks and 4 days! this is my 3rd pregnancy, but it's been 12 years since my last. i am super tired and my breasts are really tender... and big! i've gone up two bra sizes and i'm definitely showing! i'm peeing about 3x per night, which doesn't help with the fatigue :-(

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Guest Apr 19, 2014 06:49:48 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks 5 days pregnant. i'm continuously hungry but not throwing up at all. this is my 2nd pregnancy and discovered at 4 weeks. with my first one, i was sick from the 7th week. i can already feel the baby's movements too.

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Dorris Nov 1, 2013 11:03:11 PM ET

I'll be 9 weeks in 2 days and i'm sick all the time there isn't a moment when i'm not queasy. i'm having a very hard time trying to eat or drink anything an extremely exhausted all i want to do is sleep all day. this is my second pregnancy. i have a 5 year old daughter and this pregnancy is so so very different. praying it gets better for me and saying congrats to all the mommies out there!!!

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angellena Oct 11, 2013 02:23:10 AM ET

Im almost 9 weeks. this is my third pregnancy, but that was twenty one years ago. im 42 and this was a shocker. i feel so bloated and my lower back aches i feel sick mainly early morning sometimes it hits me different times of the day. i hate feeling full all the time. i breast so sore.. i dont remember it being like this but it will be worth it. i believe this is truly meant to be. im very thankful.

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Carina Sep 27, 2013 05:40:25 AM ET

9weeks 4days today. boobs are hurting less. i am super lazy/sleep allot. i can only eat crackers, trying to eat apples/peaches during the day. i just can hold anything else down. feel so bad for the little one, i feel as if i should try to eat green veggies... but i just cant hold it down. if i stick to the crackers i don't throw up. do anyone also feel a "lump" something is stuck in your throat just before you start getting nauseas/throw up? so weird. we went for a checkup yesterday and the baby was doing great, moving around allot. cant wait for 12weeks! i have a little bump + a pregnancy line caused by the hormones appeared at the beginning of this week.

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