From growing nearly an inch last week, now the baby is about the size of a green olive. At 9 weeks, the fetal heart beats are more pronounced. You cannot hear them with just your naked ears; try listening via a Doppler device instead. It is during the 9th week that the baby resembles human.
Fetal Growth and Development
At 9 weeks, the embryo is 22 mm long. The two tiny legs are in place and the arms are longer. The fingers though are still swollen due to touch pads not yet fully forming. The neck is already visible (via ultrasound) and developed. The baby is also moving, but you can’t feel it yet. Concerning sex identification, the 9th week is too early for it. Other changes occurring in the 9th week are the following:
- The eyes of the baby are still at the side of the head.
- The baby has eyelids but still closed.
- The baby has fingers but still webbed.
- Ossification of the bone begins.
Maternal Body Changes
Perhaps, the most arresting symptom that every pregnant mother experiences at 9th week is fatigue. It should be noted that extreme tiredness during this stage is caused by your body working out overtime to stabilize your baby’s lifeline. Still, your hormone levels are surging. There are two main culprits of pregnancy symptoms – the hormones estrogen, progesterone and relaxin, and the growing baby itself. The following are ways on how to manage pregnancy symptoms:
- Nausea and Vomiting: Do not eat large meals; eat 6 smaller meals, instead. Also, eat foods that are less offensive which are mainly crackers.
- Frequent Bathroom Trips: To reduce sleep interruptions, reduce water intake before sleep.
- Fatigue: Take frequent rest periods and naps. Avoid heavy and strenuous exercises.
- Breast Tenderness: The only way to ease swollen breasts is to wear support or maternity bras.
- Ptyalism: Manage excessive saliva production by keeping mouth dry. This can be done by frequent tooth brushing, mouth washing and eating sugarless candies.
- Flatulence: Flatulence can be a result of consuming large meals. To mitigate the problem, opt for small meals and avoid gas-forming foods such as cabbage.
- Constipation: By drinking lots of water, constipation is relieved. Also, taking hot water with lemon in the morning helps soften stools.
5 Deadly Reasons Why Smoking is Bad to Pregnant Mothers
- Smoking can cause health problems to the unborn child. Study shows that pregnant mothers who smoke have a heart rate of 30% higher than non-smoking mothers. Smoking can also cause premature birth.
- Smoking can influence the child’s mental health. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can actually cause ADHD. In a medical study, pregnant mothers who smoke 14 cigarettes on average are likely to give birth to hyperactive children.
- Smoking can affect the child’s academic performance in later life. Children born from mothers who smoke have lesser math and reading capabilities compared to those whose mothers never smoke during pregnancy.
- Smoking can cause behavioral problems to the child. Children of the mothers who smoke during their pregnancies have higher tendencies to be disobedient and be involved in social conflicts.
- Smoking can cause birth complications. Smoking put mothers at higher risk to ectopic pregnancy and placental complications.
Couvade Syndrome: What You Need to Know
Mothers, you probably never heard of this medical condition but surely you are familiar with this. Couvade syndrome is a situation in which the male partner experiences similar symptoms of pregnancy. Some fathers feel sorry for their wives because of the sign and symptoms their wives are bearing. They are helpless, and in one point or another, want to share these feelings with you. Couvade syndrome does not have really particular symptoms but they blame themselves and feel responsible for the bloating, fatigue, nausea, etc. Medical experts cannot pinpoint the exact cause of Couvade syndrome. But there are theories that postulate that it is rooted from the jealousy fathers do experience from pregnancy period. They feel that more attention is given to the unborn baby. Nevertheless, experts say that symptoms of Couvade syndrome diminish the moment the baby is born.
5 Pregnancy Tips at 9 Weeks
- Stick to Prenatal Care Visits: Never miss an appointment with your doctor. Prenatal care visits keep you and your baby healthy until the delivery day.
- Take the right food. Eat a variety of foods especially fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water and fruit juices.
- Consume Daily Supplements: Pregnant mothers are advised to take daily supplements of folic acid for baby’s brain growth and development, and iron to keep rich blood supply of red blood cells.
- Know The Right Moment to Announce Pregnancy: Don’t be too excited to broadcast your pregnancy. The best time to do so is when you are about to surpass the first trimester of pregnancy in which miscarriage is unlikely.
- Get Enough Sleep and Rest: Mothers during pregnancy experience pronounced fatigue. This is because your body is working a lot to accommodate your baby. Find time to rest and relax by having sufficient hours of sleep and unloading stressful activities.