Your Pregnancy at Week 9by Your Baby Club
Have you told your employers you're pregnant yet?
your baby this week:
Little Babba has reached the dizzy length of 2.5cm, about the size of a playing dice. This week, they're starting to stretch out, to make room for all the internal organs, which are now taking shape. Although you can't feel it yet, the baby is moving around all over the place, and is starting to look more human, as their facial features are settling into the right places.
You may also be noticing some tenderness, as well as some visible changes to your breasts now. The areola (the dark circle around the nipple) may have grown larger and darker and the small bumps will have become more defined - which is a normal sign of your body getting ready for breastfeeding.
Though you are under no obligation to tell your employers that you are pregnant just yet, if your job puts you at risk in any way, it may be worth having a risk assessment carried out so that your role can be adapted to keep you and baby safe and well.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
Look into taking a pregnancy or birthing class! Many soon-to-be-parents find these classes immensely helpful. These classes are available to you, your partner, and your older children. Contact your local hospital or birthing center, and ask your midwife, doula, doctor, or any other childbirth educator, for a listing of current or on-going classes.
Keep writing down the questions and concerns you wish to discuss at your next midwife or doctor appointment.
If you weren't previously active but feel a desire to begin a new exercise routine, first speak with your healthcare practitioner to make sure it will be safe for you and your little one. Walking is generally safe enough during pregnancy. A slow walk that builds into a brisk stroll and ends with a proper cool-down for no more than a total of 20 to 60 minutes - if your doctor has cleared you for this activity - can certainly help your labor and delivery go more smoothly. If you were physically active on a regular basis prior to getting pregnant, you should be able to continue at that level of activity unless and until you're told otherwise by your midwife or doctor. Be sure to protect your skin with a good SPF, stay completely hydrated, and keep your body temperature from getting too high. If exercising makes you feel nauseous or faint, try eating a high-protein snack about 30 minutes before activity.
If it's possible, try to avoid changing the cat's litter box, dealing with any harsh household chemicals, and refilling your car's gas tank. Getting someone else to do these regular chores can eliminate any unnecessary risk of harm to your little one.
Spend a few minutes every day talking, singing, or reading to your baby. It's important that both you and your partner take the time to find little ways to connect with your little one before he or she arrives. Involve your partner in the special moments and make important decisions together.
During week nine, the hCG hormone is flowing through your body at its highest level. Are you still not feeling any symptoms? Cross your fingers! Some women get through this first trimester without experiencing morning sickness; in fact, they love how they feel when they're pregnant. However, about 80 percent of all expectant moms experience morning sickness. So, if you're in the majority, just know relief from nausea and exhaustion should be right around the corner. In the meantime, here are some of the common symptoms you’re likely feeling this week.
- Morning sickness, nausea, or vomiting
- Mood swings
- Weight fluctuations of one to five pounds
- Nasal congestion and/or bloody nose
- Frequent urination
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
- Constipation, bloating, and/or gas
- Crazy pregnancy dreams
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