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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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Shannie Oct 10, 2018 09:47:34 PM ET

9wks 3 days. started out throwing up constantly, not only morning sickness. all day sickness. i have my good and bad days. this last weeks symptoms are slowly going away. mostly tired and extremely lazy. all i seem to want to do is lay around. this is my 1st pregnancy. started out horrific, as the days go by my bittersweet moments gradually disappear . it's a life changing experience just taking it one day at a time!!!! congrats mommas.

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Shila Sep 17, 2018 07:53:10 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks 2 days pregnant. haven't had any sickness just extremely tired and moody. i'll be 42 next week. i have 3 live children, all 7-8 years apart. i'm just ready to get some of my energy back! i work and i feel like i can't get anything done.

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Rachel Sep 15, 2018 02:53:16 AM ET

I'm 9 weeks 4 days today :) i've been really sick, tired and dizzy due to low blood pressure. hoping this passes soon so i can just enjoy my ever growing bump. this is my 3rd pregnancy (i lost a baby at 7.5 months) but have 1 daughter nearly 13. my bump is already huge and there are twins in my family so cant stop thinking i'm carrying them too.

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Leanne Sep 10, 2018 07:54:41 PM ET

I feel awful. the constant nausea, tiredness, then not being able to sleep. my high then low, crying, moods. when will it end. it brought back memories of my first and only child, who's 14 now, man had i forgot how much i hate pregnancy but got to keep calm and carry on. we are soldiers, mamas.

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Donna Aug 6, 2018 06:33:33 AM ET

Omg! i feel so tired and sick. its baby #6 for me. i'm 9+1 weeks. i've never felt like this with my previous pregnancies, could be because i've recently turned 40. hoping and praying this passes soon especially as we are in the midst of the hottest summer since 76.

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Guest Jul 11, 2018 05:19:16 PM ET

I am 9 weeks 4 days pregnant with twins. and the nausea is horrendous! i have vomited everyday for the last 1 and a half months. i found out really early i was pregnant due to the nausea. but omg i don't know if i can handle anymore. i've lost a substantial amount of weight and cannot keep food down. it will all be worth it in the end though.

Laurika Aug 8, 2018 06:57:48 AM ET

I also suffer with nausea. i'm taking asic tablets. it has been a lifesaver.

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Gaby Jun 21, 2018 06:07:17 PM ET

I'm 9 weeks and 6 days pregnant and i do heavy lifting. i still workout, but with less weight. although i'm always exhausted and missed a lot on the gym, other than that no symptoms.

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Corie Johnson Jun 11, 2018 08:33:03 PM ET

Feeling muscle cramps and boobs hurt, peeing a lot. that's all for me!

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Agbeke Black Mar 6, 2018 11:32:10 PM ET

I am 9 weeks 4 days pregnant, really feeling nauseous and splitting all day. what can i do to stop it. all the best.

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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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