What's happening in week nine
You are now nine weeks into your pregnancy – so what's happening with you and your baby now?
At a glance
- Your baby's organs, nerves and muscles are all starting to function now
- Their little fingers and toes are starting to change from being titchy buds into actual digits
- Your first appointment with your midwife is probably happening in the next few days or weeks
How big is my baby at nine weeks?
As you enter week 9 your baby will transition from the embryonic stage to the foetal period. At this point they’ll be about one inch long and the size of a large bean or olive.
Your baby's organs, nerves and muscles are all starting to function now and although you won’t be able to feel it, their tiny heart is now beating strong enough to be picked up by ultrasound devices like a Doppler, although this isn’t always possible depending on the position of your baby in the uterus.
Their ears are also starting to develop, and their eyelids are now in place but will be fused shut until week 26. Meanwhile their little fingers and toes are starting to change from being titchy buds into actual digits.
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You at nine weeks pregnant
By week nine, you might be finding your waistbands are getting a bit uncomfortable, even if you don't have a proper 'bump' on board! If you are still having waves of nausea at certain times of the day, the last thing you want is restrictive clothing around your tum, so go for stretchy, breathable fabric whenever possible, and make leggings, or jeggings and longer tops your friend!
You might also be finding your bras are getting a bit tight as your breasts increase in size – although you probably won't want or need a maternity bra just yet, it might be an idea to get measured for some well fitting and comfortable bras to see you through this transitional stage.
Your booking appointment with your midwife is probably happening in the next few days or weeks – have you got a list of questions for her, or any niggles or concerns you want to flag up? Why not connect with other mums on our community boards to share experiences of these early weeks?
What to think about in week nine
Although you might not be telling the world at large your happy news just yet, you might be thinking about the impact your pregnancy could already be having on your working day - are you feeling tired, or a bit emotional, or lacking in concentration just now?
It might be an idea to speak to your HR department or line manager if you feel that you are struggling a little at work, even if you aren't planning on telling anyone else before your dating scan. Once your bosses know you are pregnant, they have a duty of care towards you - have a read of our pages on your maternity rights for more information.
You may generally be feeling emotional as your pregnancy progresses. It’s not uncommon to find that you’re bursting with excitement one minute, and sobbing while watching the soaps the next. It really is no wonder. Those pregnancy hormones are raging, your energy levels are on a rollercoaster ride as after all, you have a baby on the way, you are bound to feel very different.
There’s no doubt by this stage you will be thinking about your first scan and that first moment you see your baby on that screen. Well, you do have a little longer to wait, unless you choose to pay for a private scan. Usually you will be offered a scan at around 12 weeks. Commonly known as a ‘dating scan’, this first appointment – or to give it its proper name, the nuchal translucency scan - will give you a better idea of your estimated due date (EDD).
In the meantime, you may be struggling to keep your exciting news under your hat and feel desperate to tell everyone. Whenever you decide to share the news, try to let your nearest and dearest know face to face. Your closest friends or family won’t want to hear the big news through their social media feeds, it doesn't have to be weeks or months before you announce to the rest of the world, but even just a couple of days is a nice gesture.
People choose to wait to share their news because of concerns over miscarriage. However, some women say they choose to share the news with a select few so they have a support network early on amongst those they would turn to should the unthinkable happen.
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