9 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

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During week 9 of your pregnancy, your baby, who only last week was in the embryonic stage, has now progressed to the fetal stage.1,2

Week 9 is constantly on the bring rapid growth with huge developmental strides. Since your baby’s muscles are ongoing to obtain more powerful, she or he is going to be making lots of waves inside your amniotic fluid, with spontaneous actions of their braches.1

Still not feeling much? Donrrrt worry as this week you may have the ability to hear kids heartbeat for the first time by using a handheld Doppler. However, don’t let yourself be very worried if you fail to listen to it yet, positional changes of the people could make hearing the heartbeat much more of challenging.1

This MNT Understanding Center feature belongs to a number of articles on pregnancy. It possesses a review of each stage of being pregnant, what to anticipate, and information into the way your baby is developing. Check out another articles within the series:

First trimester: fertilization, implantation, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9, week 10, week 11, week 12.

Second trimester: week 13, week 14, week 15, week 16, week 17, week 18, week 19, week 20, week 21, week 22, week 23, week 24, week 25, week 26.

Additionally, you will see introductions in the finish of some sections to the recent developments which have been included in MNT’s news tales. Also consider links to details about related conditions.

Symptoms at 9 weeks pregnant

At this time of the pregnancy, you’ll still might not feel totally pregnant since there are minimum visible body changes.

You might, however, begin or still experience physical pregnancy signs and symptoms for example:1,3

pregnant woman with bloating
During pregnancy, higher levels of progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract, which slows down your digestion, leading to gas, bloating, burping, and flatulence

  • Weight gain
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nausea, bloating, gas, constipation
  • Food aversions
  • Excess saliva
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Breast changes/tenderness.

(Note: pregnancy increases the risk of urinary tract infections from weeks 6-24, so if your symptoms are not simply from the pregnancy and you suspect an infection, speak with your health care provider about treatment.)5

Your hormones at 9 weeks pregnant

During your pregnancy, you’ll experience versions in a few the body’s hormones, which lead to most of the pregnancy signs and symptoms you might experience.

Following implantation from the fertilized egg, the body starts to secrete the hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) the hormone accustomed to identify pregnancy. HCG accounts for controlling oestrogen and progesterone and plays a role in frequent peeing.6

Progesterone, that is initially created through the corpus luteum, increases during your pregnancy and still does so before the birth of the baby.

At the begining of pregnancy, progesterone accounts for growing uterine bloodstream flow, creating the placenta which stimulates the development and nutrient manufacture of the endometrium (lining from the uterus). Furthermore, progesterone plays an important role in fetal development, stopping premature labor and lactation, in addition to strengthening the pelvic wall muscles to organize the body for labor.6

Additionally to progesterone, the placenta is essential in secreting vital the body’s hormones while pregnant for example:6

  • Human placental lactogen: this hormone is believed to handle mammary gland growth, which will be important for lactation following the birth of your baby. Additionally, it plays a role in increasing nutrient levels in your blood, which is vital to the growth and development of your baby
  • Corticotrophin-releasing hormone: this hormone is not only responsible for determining how long you will be pregnant, but it is also responsible for your baby’s growth and development. Later in pregnancy, the rise in both corticotrophin-releasing hormone and cortisol not only complete fetal organ development but also provide the mother with a surge of cortisol which has been linked with maternal attentiveness, increasing the mother-baby bond.

Another vital hormone during pregnancy is oestrogen, which accounts for fetal organ development, placental growth and performance and mammary gland growth, which is essential for lactation following a birth of the baby.

Furthermore, oestrogen is required for regulating other the body’s hormones created while pregnant.

Due to the increase in progesterone and oestrogen, you might experience some not too enjoyable pregnancy signs and symptoms for example mood shifts and morning sickness.

Another hormone, relaxin, may cause physical signs and symptoms for example pelvic discomfort, balance difficulties and constipation, due to its role of relaxing maternal muscles, ligaments and joints.

Baby’s development at 9 weeks pregnant

At 9 weeks pregnant there are many changes in your baby’s development. Developments that are underway include:1-49 week fetus
By the time you are 9 weeks pregnant, your baby has taste buds and their external ears are fully developed.

  • Head/neck: the head is more straightened and rounded
  • Eyes: while the eyes remain closed, there is full retinal pigmentation present
  • Mouth: the surface of the tongue will now have taste buds and the palate bones start the process of fusion
  • Ears: with the external ears fully developed, they appear much more pronounced
  • Limbs: all limbs are formed with the fingers and toes having a distinct appearance. The arms are also now bent at the elbow
  • Abdomen/pelvis: the liver, spleen and gallbladder form and the intestines continue to make their way into the body from the umbilical cord, and the external genitalia remain unrecognizable.

Things to do in week 9 of pregnancy

Your career list keeps growing and when you haven’t done this make certain that you simply put scheduling your prenatal visit on top of your list. If you’re thinking about certain dna testing, consult with your medical provider tests are generally done between days 9 and 12.1

You will continue to be feeling the results of the new pregnancy.

Additionally to running towards the bathroom out of your nausea, now if you notice you need to empty your bladder more often too.1 While frequent peeing is really a component of being pregnant, it’s also vital that you make certain you don’t have a urinary system infection, so alert your medical provider for testing.5

Finding wearing a bra tougher? Feeling more sensitive? Your growing breasts might be causing some elevated discomfort, which may be worse during the night. While you might still have the ability to sleep in your stomach, your tender breasts may hinder that. This might really be a lot of fun to test resting on your left side, that is a good way for the baby to obtain better bloodstream flow.1

Lifestyle changes at 9 weeks pregnant

As with earlier weeks, you find out that there are many lifestyle modifications that need to be made during pregnancy and even after delivery.

General health

While pregnant, you will have to take proper care of your and yourself developing baby. Don’t consume alcohol or smoke while pregnant, and steer clear of other toxins for example drugs during this period. Make sure to discuss all medications you’re taking with your medical provider to actually should continue use while pregnant. To nourish your and yourself baby, make certain you consume a healthy diet plan and have a good prenatal vitamin.7

A different way to keep your health while pregnant is to buy half an hour each day of exercise for example yoga, walking or swimming.8 Consult with your medical provider regarding your current or preferred exercise program to make certain it’s safe.


Everyone wants to look their best but using permanent hair color is not recommended during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy; instead consider using a semi-permanent dye.9


Even though it is safe to consume fish while pregnant, it’s suggested that you simply limit your intake to eight-12 oz. of fish and seafood each week.6,8

Some good examples of fish that are safe to eat while pregnant include shrimp, canned light tuna (note: mercury varies can to can), pollock, catfish, salmon, anchovies, sardines, sardines, trout, Atlantic and Off-shore spanish mackerel and cod. If you are considering eating albacore tuna and tuna steak, it’s suggested to limit consuming this fish to six oz. each week.10

Most significantly is not to eat shark, swordfish, tilefish and king spanish mackerel during pregnancy, because they have high amounts of mercury which may be dangerous for your baby’s brain and central nervous system.

Baby’s size at 9 weeks pregnant

peanut shell open with peanuts
At 9 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a peanut.

At 9 weeks, your little girl or boy is growing, measuring in at about 3/4 of an inch.4

Your little peanut is just that – the size of a peanut.3

For those who have queries about your pregnancy, make sure to contact your medical provider.

Call your physician if you’re encountering signs and symptoms of the ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage for example vaginal bleeding or passage of tissue, dripping vaginal fluid, feeling faint or dizzy, low bloodstream pressure, rectal pressure, shoulder discomfort and severe pelvic discomfort or cramping.8

Recent developments on pregnancy from MNT news

Eating fish while pregnant may boost baby’s development, not impair it

Fish are among the greatest products among the list of foodstuffs to prevent if you’re pregnant, because of the developmental problems regarded as connected with mercury exposure. However, new research – printed within the American Journal of Clinical Diet – indicates the developmental benefits conferred through the mother consuming fish during pregnancy may counterbalance the mercury-related risks.

High-fiber diet while pregnant may safeguard offspring against bronchial asthma

Ladies who have a high-fiber diet while pregnant may prevent their offspring developing bronchial asthma, based on the outcomes of new research printed anyway Communications.