Your Baby is the size of a


How are the pregnancy symptoms treating you? If you’re still feeling fine, keep your fingers crossed, you might be one of the lucky ones who makes it through the first semester without experiencing morning sickness! Although you can’t see them yet, your little one is starting to look much more human as their little features settle into place as they reach 2.5cm in length this week.

Week 9

Length : 2.3 cm

Weight : 2 g

Week 9
Length : 2.3 cm
Weight : 2 g

Your Baby is the size of a


How are the pregnancy symptoms treating you? If you’re still feeling fine, keep your fingers crossed, you might be one of the lucky ones who makes it through the first semester without experiencing morning sickness! Although you can’t see them yet, your little one is starting to look much more human as their little features settle into place as they reach 2.5cm in length this week.

Your little one has reached the 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. Head here for more on how to tell your boss you’re pregnant.

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, increased saliva, and nausea: Many people experience morning sickness during early pregnancy, which can manifest as increased saliva production, nausea, or being sick. This is caused by hormonal changes and typically subsides after the first trimester, but if severe and persistent, it's important to speak to your midwife or GP on how to manage these and keep healthy. Here are some tips for combatting morning sickness.

Mood swings: Hormonal fluctuations, coupled with the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, can contribute to mood swings ranging from joy to irritability and sadness. Practicing self-care, communicating openly with a supportive partner or loved one, and engaging in relaxation techniques can help manage these mood swings. Here’s some more advice on pregnancy emotions.

Weight fluctuations: During week 9, expecting mums may notice minor weight fluctuations ranging from one to five pounds. These fluctuations can be attributed to various factors such as hormonal changes, increased blood volume, and changes in eating habits.  

Nasal congestion and/or bloody nose: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to increased blood flow to the nasal passages. This heightened blood flow can cause nasal congestion, making breathing through the nose difficult for some. Using a humidifier and staying hydrated can help alleviate these symptoms. However, if nasal congestion or bleeding becomes severe or persistent, make sure to speak with your midwife or GP to discuss this more.

Frequent urination: As the uterus expands and puts pressure on the bladder, many expecting mums experience an increased need to urinate during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters. This symptom is normal and usually improves in the second trimester as the uterus rises higher in the abdomen!

Fatigue: Your body is working hard to support the growth and development your baby, which can leave you feeling more tired than usual. It’s hard work!  

Headaches: Hormonal fluctuations and changes in blood circulation can trigger headaches during pregnancy. These headaches may vary in intensity and frequency, but they are usually manageable with rest, hydration, and gentle, pregnancy-safe painkillers. 

Heartburn: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can relax the muscles of the lower oesophageal sphincter, leading to the back-flow of stomach acid into the oesophagus. This is what can cause a burning sensation known as heartburn. Eating smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding trigger foods can help alleviate symptoms. Here’s more on heartburn during pregnancy.

Constipation: Hormonal changes and the pressure exerted by the growing uterus on the intestines can slow down the digestive system, leading to constipation in some people. Increasing fibre intake, staying hydrated, and engaging in regular physical activity can help alleviate this discomfort! Head here for more on constipation during pregnancy.

Strange dreams: Pregnancy hormones can influence the content and frequency of your dreams, leading to vivid and sometimes bizarre dreams during sleep. These strange dreams are a common occurrence and often reflect the subconscious thoughts and anxieties related to pregnancy and parenthood. Here’s a guide to pregnancy dreams.

These symptoms are just some of the many changes your body may undergo during week 9 of pregnancy, and they can vary widely from person to person. If you have any concerns about your symptoms or how they are affecting your pregnancy, it's important to discuss them with your midwife or GP.

Watch out for UTIs, which are more common to get during pregnancy.

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 centre, and ask your midwife or 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 midwife to make sure it will be safe for you and your little one. Walking is generally safe during pregnancy. A slow walk that builds into a brisk stroll and ends with a proper cool-down for around 20 to 60 minutes can certainly help your labour 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 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. Here are some more natural cleaning alternatives. 

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.         

At a Glance

  • Growing everyday: Baby is now about 2.5cm long, resembling the size of a playing dice, and starting to stretch out to accommodate growing organs!
  • Tiny face developing: Facial features are becoming more defined this week.
  • Mood swings: Hormonal fluctuations may lead to mood swings ranging from joy to irritability or sadness this week.
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