Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 9th Week
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You have already left behind 8 weeks of a new period in which you will experience unforgettable moments in your life, thanks to your baby who started to grow inside you from the moment you learned that you were pregnant. Yes, we are aware that the pregnancy process, which seems very long at first, progresses very quickly. During this period, you know that as your baby develops and grows rapidly, there will be some changes in your own body. We have prepared this article for you, where you can find answers to your questions about the 9th week of pregnancy and get all kinds of information.
Baby at 9th week
In the 9th week, when pregnancy symptoms are in full swing, your baby’s development continues to surprise you. Let’s examine together what you need to know and do about the 9-week-old baby during pregnancy, which has different developments every week, without skipping any details.
How Big Has My Baby got?
Your baby, which looked like a tiny bean at the first ultrasound check, has now grown to the size of a cherry. From now on, it will grow faster every day, and its height and weight will change. The expected fetal length and mass table during the week it is in is as follows.
*Because the baby’s mass is very small, the mass of the pouch was calculated, not the baby’s.
2- 2,5 cm
This information is a reference value and values may vary from baby to baby. The most important reason for this is the change in fertilization time. If fertilization occurred later than expected, the baby may have been below these values. When faced with such a situation, it would be more accurate to know that there is no need to worry and to follow your baby’s development in line with the information given by your doctor.
Development of Systems and Newly Acquired Skills
During the 9-week period of the first trimester, your baby continues to grow gram by gram. If you are wondering what kind of changes your baby, which is called an embryo in its first form, has gone through just a few days before it becomes a fetus, here is the organ and system development of the 9-week-old baby.
Your baby’s brain and spinal cord continue to develop rapidly, but they are not developed enough to transfer information between the organs and the brain. The control of the brain over other systems and organs is not fully formed.
The circulatory system
Until this week, your baby’s blood needs were met by the yolk sac. The yolk sac is a sac formed by hypoblast cells and attached to the embryo. We can say that this sac, which is formed together with the amniotic sac, meets the vital needs of your baby. However, with the development of bone marrow, spleen, and liver by the 9th week, this need will now be met by your baby’s organs.
The development of the heart, which started to form in the previous week, continues, and the valves in the heart that allow the blood to flow are formed in the 9th week of pregnancy.
The structures and organs that make up the digestive system continue to develop. The baby’s intestines continue to elongate. In the future, the anus structure, which will serve to throw the digestive wastes out of the body, begins to form.
The formation of the lungs had begun in the previous weeks. This week, the diaphragm, one of the structures that will perform the respiratory event, is formed. The nose, which is the first organ of the respiratory system, becomes clear enough to be seen from the profile, the tip of the nose, and the nostrils continue to develop.
Support and Movement System
In the 9th week of pregnancy, the baby’s cartilaginous support and movement system continue to evolve slowly towards ossification. This ossification will first appear in the skull. While the development of limbs such as arms and legs continues, the tiny fingers with touchpoints and unique fingerprints will start to grow this week. We can say that the fingers and toes are formed, but they are webbed. In addition to the hands and feet, tooth roots begin to form as of this week.
The 9-week-old baby has started making tiny movements. However, it is unlikely that the mother will feel this yet. We know you can’t wait, but you have to wait a little longer for this feeling.
There is no mention of the presence of kidneys yet. However, the foundations of the excretory system, which will filter the blood and form the urine in the future, are laid. Cells come together to form tissues, which are the basis of the organs of the excretory system.
When you find out about your pregnancy, you begin to wonder about the gender of your baby. Although your only wish is to be healthy, this question keeps running around in your mind. But your baby needs more time. The organs that make up the reproductive system begin to develop in a tissue size, but the external genital organs are not yet visible.
There are many hormones and glands in the human body. At 9 weeks of pregnancy, the thyroid gland begins to develop as of this week. The thyroid glands, which regulate metabolic activities in the body, start from the base of the tongue and move towards the baby’s neck.
9 Week Baby Movements
Your baby continues to grow every day. His arms, legs, hands, and feet are already starting to develop and lengthen. Even though small movements have started in your baby at this growth stage, the 9-week baby movements have not reached the dimensions that you can feel yet. You feel great excitement to experience those unique moments when you feel your kicks and go back and forth in your stomach, but you have to wait a little longer.
Sensory Organs Development and Characteristics in 9 Weeks Old Baby
The sense organs and their development depend on your baby’s brain development. Because the sense organs work under the control of the brain. Although the structures that make up the sense organs begin to form gradually, they cannot fulfill their duties yet. Since the brain will continue its development until the last weeks, it would not be correct to talk about a full feeling for the 9th week of pregnancy. If you wish, let’s take a look at what kind of development is happening in the sense organs this week.
Eye and Sight
Your baby’s eyelids are starting to form this week. Eyes begin to form in two grooves. It is not yet capable of seeing, it is still on both sides of the head and far from where it should normally be. It will gradually move towards where the face should be. Eye muscles are not yet mature.
Ear and Hearing
We know that you have been talking to your baby secretly from the first moment you learned that you would be a mother. This makes sense as a way to bond with your baby, but he hasn’t developed enough hearing to hear you yet. He only has small earlobes now.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
Maybe your baby’s first sense to develop is touch. Because when it starts to grow slowly and take the shape of a human, the skin completes its development before other organs. For this reason, your baby gradually begins to feel the environment in the amniotic fluid. In the following periods, he will even feel the pressure caused by your touches.
Tongue and Taste
The oral cavity, where the tongue is located, has gradually begun to take shape and even become prominent. He can’t move his mouth now and can’t taste the liquid he’s in. He will gain these skills in the coming weeks. Also, 9 weeks of pregnancy is when tooth roots begin to form.
Nose and Sense of Smell
The nose begins to become prominent enough to show itself when viewed from the profile. However, the olfactory receptors that allow it to detect odors are not yet developed enough to do their job.
Mom at 9 Weeks
Weeks have passed since you received the news that you will be a mother and you started to notice some changes in your body as you approached the 9th week. Let’s examine together what these changes are experienced in expectant mothers during 9 weeks of pregnancy, both physically and spiritually.
Weight gain is one of the most noticeable changes in pregnancy. In the first weeks, your pregnancy is not obvious, but you gradually start to gain weight. Keeping this increase under control throughout your pregnancy is very important for both your baby and you. If you do not have a health problem, we recommend that you pay attention to weight gain and get the necessary information from your doctor about this issue.
When your pregnancy starts, perhaps one of the most challenging situations for you is morning sickness. There are several reasons for this nausea. It starts with the increase of the hormone Beta HCG, which is the pregnancy hormone and continues until about the 13th week. Sudden drops in blood pressure are also among the causes of morning sickness. For this reason, it is normal to feel more intense when you wake up in the morning on an empty stomach.
Another cause of nausea is the increase in the hormone progesterone. The increase in progesterone relaxes the stomach muscles and slows the passage of food into the intestines. As a result of this, stomach acid increases and leads to nausea. If you have excessive vomiting, we recommend that you consult your doctor and, if necessary, take supplements for the water, salt and minerals you have lost.
Increase in blood volume
With pregnancy, there is an almost 50% increase in blood volume in your body. This increase can cause your veins to appear more prominent. This is not something you need to worry about. The increase in blood volume can also cause occasional nosebleeds. Having a large amount of blood in your body also provides protection against blood loss during childbirth.
Enlargement of the uterus
One of the most obvious changes experienced in the 9th week is that the uterus continues to grow. Your uterus has grown to about the size of an orange this week and is still behind the pubic bone. The biggest factor that provides this growth is the increase in the amount of blood. In the first 3 months of your pregnancy, 25% of the blood leaving the heart comes to the uterus and placenta. This contributes to the growth of both the baby and the uterus.
As the uterus continues to grow, the pressure it puts on the bladder increases. This may cause the urge to urinate more often than before, although not very often.
Since pregnancy is a period of physical and emotional changes, it is quite natural for you to feel tired during this process.
You may feel tired after short walks and even want to take a nap during the day. In fact, the biggest reason for this is that your body wants to prepare you for motherhood and the later stages of pregnancy. For this reason, it will be right to take care to rest and to get away from anxiety and worries.
Change in breasts
During pregnancy, the body begins to prepare itself for the postpartum period. While this preparation causes many symptoms in your body, it also manifests itself with some symptoms in the breasts. By the 9th week of pregnancy, your breasts will enlarge and your nipples will darken.
Pregnancy hormones cause an increase in color cells, or pigments, in your body. The darkening of the nipples and the formation of a dark line on your abdomen are also due to the increase in pigment.
Tips to Minimize Troublesome Pregnancy Symptoms
The 1st and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy can be a little more challenging than the 2nd trimester. Since the first trimester covers the first trimester, you are in the first trimester during the 9th week of pregnancy. In this process, some symptoms can be so disturbing that they make your daily life difficult. Then you will definitely need some practical information to minimize pregnancy symptoms.
- During this period, you may experience problems such as indigestion, heartburn, nausea, gas problem. What you need to do for this is to eat small portions and at frequent intervals. When you do not fill your stomach too much, you will notice a decrease in these complaints.
- Regular exercise will be good. This is not only necessary to control weight gain, but also to reduce future back and lower back pain. Even regular and correct exercises make birth easier. In consultation with your doctor, you can choose one of the sports branches such as yoga, pilates, swimming or walking.
- You should definitely see your doctor in case of darkening of the genital area and increase in vaginal discharge, darkening of color, and bad smell.
How Much Weight Should You Gain in the 9th Week of Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a miraculous period in which you give life to a new creature within you. As the baby grows, your body begins to prepare itself for this change. For this reason, it is normal to experience an increase in weight as the week progresses. The important thing is to pay attention to the weight you gain in this process. Because excess weight gain can cause gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. In addition, being overweight can lead to some complications in childbirth.
Since weight gain will be faster after the 3rd month of pregnancy, it is useful to keep your weight under control for the first 3 months. If you are wondering how much weight will be gained at 9 weeks of pregnancy, the weight gain is expected to be in the range of 1-3 kilograms for the first trimester.
Everything you eat during pregnancy is either transferred to your baby through the placenta or stored for you in your own body. For this reason, nutrition is important at 9 weeks of pregnancy. The information below will assist you in this process.
Regular and balanced nutrition is very important for the development of both you and your baby during this period. You should stay away from packaged products that contain additives and have a long shelf life. You should not consume processed meats such as salami, sausage, sausage, and you should remove ready-made soups and acidic beverages from your life.
The need for calcium is quite high during these weeks. For this reason, you should take care to consume foods rich in calcium and protein. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and kefir are among these foods.
To control weight gain, you should stay away from diets or detoxes. If you eat enough and balanced nutrition, you can have a healthy pregnancy and keep weight gain under control. For example, if you ate vegetables for lunch, it would be more appropriate to consume one of the meat groups in the evening. You can also consume foods with high nutritional value such as fruit, walnuts, hazelnuts in between meals.
Sports and exercise are activities that should be continued during pregnancy as in every period of life. As we mentioned before, exercise is very important during pregnancy, not only to control weight gain but also for pain that may occur in the waist and back areas with the changes in your body. Having a strong musculoskeletal system will also provide you with ease in childbirth.
Since the 9th week of pregnancy does not cause any movement restriction, you can talk to your doctor and sports coach and choose one of the most suitable exercises for you. The most preferred 9-week pregnancy exercises are yoga, pilates, walking, and swimming.
9 Weeks Pregnancy Checklist
Even at the first check-up when you go to the doctor with the suspicion of pregnancy, some checks and tests are requested. It is expected that these tests will be done frequently in the first 3 months for both the baby and the mother’s health. However, since the 9th week of pregnancy is still an early period, it will be limited to blood tests and ultrasound scans.
You can spend the 9th week preparing a checklist for yourself. You can choose this week, when your waist circumference starts to thicken, as a self-care week, you can buy creams and care oils suitable for your skin type to prevent stretch marks, and you can choose moisturizing products for your nipples.
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