Nine Weeks Pregnant

Fetus in the 9th week of pregnancy

Hello fetus! No longer an embryo, your baby is advancing at an incredible rate. The development of vital organs and structures are all coming together and with their merging comes functional behaviors. Although you may not be able to feel it yet, your baby is beginning to move and practice being a human being.

By this time, many of your symptoms have most likely eased. Some women complain of nausea and loss of appetite as late as the second trimester, but never fear, these hormonal effects will subside soon. Nonetheless, many women will continue to experience indigestion and other digestive problems throughout pregnancy. Heartburn, upset stomach, constipation, and cramping are all typical symptoms that may only get worse. It is essential that pregnant women stay well hydrated to alleviate these symptoms. Eating smaller meals and staying upright after eating may help prevent heartburn. Also, many over the counter drugs that treat indigestion are safe for mothers-to-be to take. Discuss with your doctor.

Your uterus may be the size of a cantaloupe now, expanding to make room for your rapidly growing baby. Inside is a miracle that you have yet to discover through sight, sound, or touch. If you haven't had a chance to yet, it may be possible to hear your baby's heartbeat through a Doppler test. This moment will bring everything into perspective for you, and those uncomfortable moments will diminish in magnitude.